When it comes to comparing the two consoles, there are two sides to the argument and each side has its valid and salient points. Both these are major players in the video game market today, and their sales figures are close to 50 million units sold. The rapid rise in the quality of video games and the ability of these consoles to perform many other multimedia tasks has made them very popular indeed, but since there are just these two to pick from (excluding the Nintendo Wii) the opinion of many people is seriously divided.
Like all other electronic devices, video game consoles also have their fanboys. When it comes to deciding between the PS3 and the Xbox 360, there are several factors that need to be taken into consideration, because every small detail plays a role.
As you may be aware, both these consoles allow you to carry out many different activities like surfing the web, playing multimedia content discs, playing online multiplayer games, watching movies, downloading content, and storing images and audio files as well. When it comes down to utility, both are pretty similar, but the real differences arise once one starts playing on each of the consoles for a prolonged period of time. Each does something better than the other one, and here are the reasons why:
- The Xbox 360 was released a year before the PS3, and as a result of this there is a greater choice of games available. There are approximately 100 more game titles available for the Xbox 360 than the PS3, and this is a great advantage to have because the ultimate aim is to provide gamers with as many titles and choices as possible.
- Xbox Live is the online arena that people can play multiplayer games in, against any other player from any corner of the world. Though there is a membership fee to be paid to Microsoft for enjoying this purpose, experienced gamers will attest that this arena is far better than that of the PS3 (also known as the PlayStation Network).
- One of the biggest reasons why people may choose an Xbox 360 is the price. The console comes in many different bundles, but it is definitely cheaper than the PS3. This is a major factor for many potential buyers, and no matter what anyone says, it does make a difference.
- The new motion sensing platform for the Xbox 360 is known as the Kinect, and this is a revolutionary new technology where you do not need to use a controller at all. A camera, a motion sensor and a voice detector observe your movements and your speech and this allows you to stimulate the game in real time. Hence the You are the controller tagline by Microsoft. Playing games on the Kinect is truly a great and novel experience, while the PS3 Move has simply copied the technology of the Nintendo Wii.
At the end of the day, both of these consoles are very similar to each other in their specs and their performance. For some reason though, the Xbox 360 receives a lot of criticism and flak over the Internet. A lot of people seem to complain about problems with the console, but in my opinion this criticism is unfair. As mentioned before, the PS3 performs certain actions that the Xbox 360 cannot, but this does not mean that the PS3 is without its own faults and errors.
People who love online gaming should definitely go for an Xbox due to the Xbox Live feature. It is more economical out of the two, and also offers you more video game titles to pick from.