- The Xbox 360 was launched by Microsoft in the second quarter of 2005.
- Priced at around $200, it makes a very good deal for the amount you shell out. Brilliant graphics, superior performance, and excellent gameplay experience are just a few of the things you're definitely gaining here.
- The Xbox 360 has some of the widest collection of games available for any gaming console in the market today.
- 'Xbox Live' makes for a brilliant multiplayer platform, and lets you interact with scores of other players online.
- If you're skeptical because of the initial Xbox mass defect, their extra long three-year warranty covers you through and through.
- Sony launched the PS3 in the fourth quarter of 2006.
- With built-in Bluetooth, Blu-ray player, and Wi-Fi, the PS3 hardware somewhat justifies its relatively steep cost.
- The recent 3D update allows you to watch 3D flicks in all their glory right from your couch! This also widens the horizon for 3D games in the near future.
- You can connect your PS3 to your computer and conveniently watch high-definition videos on your television, making it an excellent media center. One can also stream live movies or download content (free as well as paid) from the PlayStation Store.
- Online gaming is free of cost. One can always upgrade to PlayStation Network Plus at a reasonable amount for a lot more free content, but that is just an option.
- The PS3 has really neat graphics that will truly give you an experience like never before. Presently, developers are only bringing out a small percentage of what it is actually capable of, so one can only imagine its true potential.
- Launched by Nintendo in 2006, the Wii is Nintendo's seventh-generation entertainment system.
- "Gameplay" -- it's this word that has managed to keep Wii in the race for say what, at least six years? Unlike other tech giants, Nintendo's taken a step back from performance and has focused on making the Wii more user-oriented -- mastering its gameplay more than anything else.
- Super fun games! The games are interactive, easy, and extremely enjoyable. With the latest chargeable additions, like Wii Sports and Wii Fit, Nintendo brings a lot more to the table for everyone in the family.
- Wii is definitely way easier on the pocket. With the PS3 at $300 and the Xbox 360 at $200 approximately, the Wii stands out at only $130 -- value for money at its best!
- Bottom line: Wii has fun games and good controllers; for the amount you shell out, it's practically a steal. Looking for a family entertainer? Nintendo's the word for you.
|Sony PS3||Microsoft Xbox 360||Nintendo Wii|
|CPU||3.2 GHz Power-based PPE with seven 3.2 GHz SPEs||3.2 GHz PowerPC Tri-Core Xenon||729 MHz IBM Broadway|
|RAM||256 MB XDR RAM (3.2GHz)||512 MB GDDR3 RAM (700 MHz), shared with GPU||64 MB GDDR3 RAM|
|Internal Storage||320 GB||250 GB||None|
|GPU Name||NVIDIA-based RSX "Reality Synthesizer"||ATI-based custom processor||ATI Hollywood processor|
|GPU Clock Speed||550 MHz||500 MHz||243 MHz|
|Input/ Output Options|
|Compact Flash Port||Yes||No||Yes|
|Memory Card Slots||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|SD Card Port||Yes||No||Yes|
|USB 2.0 Ports||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|1080i, 1080p, 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p||1080i, 1080p, 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p||480i, 480p, 576i|
|Game Media Support|
|Optical drive||Blu-ray, CD, DVD, Internet||CD, DVD, Internet||Wii Disc|
|$249 for 160 GB system; $319.95 for 320 GB system||$199.99 (4 GB console); $299.99 (4 GB console with Kinect); $299.99 (250 GB console); $419.99 (250 GB console with Kinect)||$145.97|
While Nintendo has a different target audience here, it's a race to the finish between Microsoft and Sony. With similar specifications, like gameplay experience, audio and video quality, it's almost hard to demarcate between these two fantastic consoles. Even then, they both have their own advantages and disadvantages.
The PS3 is a Blu-ray player in itself; one of those alone could cost you around $130 at the very least. The Xbox 360 is a normal DVD player. Nothing great there but at least it covers average prerequisites. The Wii, on the other hand, supports only Wii discs, so no chance of you using it as a player whatsoever.
I see a lot of people going on about Xbox having maximum games developed for it and so on. Heard of regional lock? What's the point of bragging over having a thousand games when you can't play half of them? Of course this again isn't the end of the world, but it is an inconvenience nevertheless. The PS3 has nothing of this sort; almost all the games can be played anywhere around the world -- one very neat feature.
If you are more inclined to shooters, be it third person, or first person, then Xbox is definitely a better pick for you. If you're a Halo fan, you should probably stop reading and just go buy the Xbox 360 -- there's simply no two ways to that argument.
Who all can you play with? This is undoubtedly a major factor that people consider before buying a console. Knowing which consoles your friends own is vital for some, as most people look forward to gaming together. Either of these consoles may be popular in different countries, or areas. While Xbox boasts of undivided following in the US, most people from the Asia-Pacific region (and almost everywhere except US) swear by the PS3.
Xbox Live is known to be safer than the PlayStation Network due to the latter's one-time month long hack incident. At the same time, Xbox Live interface is undoubtedly way more intuitive and superior as compared to the PSN. While both offer an array of things, anyone who's tried both will tell you that the Xbox Live is better -- far better. The catch is that while the Xbox Live has a subscription fee, the PSN is free -- one word that really changes a lot.
While both the consoles are brilliant on this aspect, the PS3 definitely nails it through and through. I feel that most Xbox fans also acknowledge that PS3 is a more obvious pick if you're looking for the whole deal and not just the gaming end of it.
Visual Appeal: This one again, is a very close call, and it depends more on personal preference more than anything else. The Xbox's UI is definitely more eye-catchy and attractive, whereas the PS3's UI looks relatively simplistic. In terms of visual appeal, Xbox bags it over the PS.
Wii is not your best bet in terms of graphics. Yes, gameplay experience is important, but visual appeal is just as essential if not more. Eventually, Nintendo did come back with the Wii U - High-definition graphics, touch screen controllers, and more, but that's another story altogether.
We've all heard about the infamous Red Ring of Death. How many of us have heard about the Yellow Light of Death? Very, very few people. Microsoft claims they're fixing it time and over again, but chances of failure are still high -- high enough for it to be a deal breaker. They give you a massive three-year warranty, so you probably won't have to pay a buck, but is that the solution? I'd rather buy something that doesn't get toasted in the first place. After all, who wants to buy something that needs replacement every few months, especially when the replacement itself might take a few months. Ask around you, it's not hard to find people who are on their third Xbox or something.
Hardware, graphics, overall performance, connectivity -- whatever be the parameter for comparison, Nintendo's Wii is nowhere close to the Xbox 360, or PS3. But despite that, it has a unique appeal among different age groups and as a family entertainer. So, if you're not into serious gaming and are looking out for a relatively cheap option, which would suit everyone at home, then the Wii might just be your best buy.