questionsplaystation 3 versus xbox? and which one do i buy…

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Buy an Xbox. We'll take care of you by finding great deals on Xbox Live points.

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xbox has a MUCH larger online community which translates to less waiting when matchmaking. Kinda.

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It depends on what your priorities are. If you don't have blu-ray, do you really want it? If you just want to play games and the 360 has more of the exclusive games that you are interested in, then that would probably be your best option. How much $$ do you want to spend? If you're willing to get an older system (refurbed or used) and do some looking around, you can find both for $300.

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I use my Xbox 360 way more then my PS3. The games that are specific to the xbox seem to be better (IMO), and xbox live arcade games seem to be much better then what's avalible on my PS3. The multiconsole games, I prefer to play using the Xbox controller. Also many of the multiplatform games that have downloadable content tend to come to xbox before it is released on PS3.

I would suggest getting the 250Gb on because you will find out that you can't download much content or games with 4gb. Also stick with the new slim models. They are not susceptible to all the overheating issues the original xbox 360 had.

Before all the people come out and scream fan boy, I own many consles starting with the atari and ending with all of the current crop. I prefered the dreamcast until it went under, preffered the PS2 to the original xbox and prefer the 360 to all the other current systems only because of its attributes not because I hate the othe companies.

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We also have just about every game system in our house. The one that gets used daily is the Xbox 360. With the larger collection of games and the online community, it just seems to offer more bang for the buck (even if you do have to pay for the online gaming). A larger hard drive is the best way to go.

The PS3 gathers dust at our house and even though it is a first generation that is backwards compatible, we pull out the PS2 if we are going to play our older games.

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looks like general consensus is x box

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I think it all depends on what you want to play. Do you like the Microsoft exclusives? If yes, then go for the Xbox.

If not, do you care about Blu-ray? How important is paying for additional services to you? (Note that this may change with PS3.)

Personally, I use my 360 more as a media extender than a gaming device, then a NetFlix streaming device comes after that. Would I trade it? Heck no. Would I consider going the PS3 route if I had to do it again? If it wasn't for Mass Effect being a 360 exclusive at first, then yes, I certainly would.

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I'll throw in my $.02, which is that if you have friends that you want to play with online, what kind of system do they have? If you have no friends (a familiar situation for some) then that isn't a consideration.

As for storage, if your idea of fun is ripping hardware apart and upgrading, go with a smaller HDD. If not, go with the biggest you can afford.

One thing which was suggested to me by a sales associate at a store whose name rhymes with Frame Crop is that refurb Xboxes are to be avoided at all costs, unless they come with a Microsoft 1 yr warranty. Something about a "Red Ring of Death" and being SOL.

Full disclosure -- I'm pondering all of this myself, but in my case it's probably a moot point... Family time eats into what used to be my gaming time, not to mention certain people's opinions that games like God of War, Halo, GTA etc are not appropriate viewing material for young children.

Also, does a Kinect factor into your thoughts? That makes the choice very clear.

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ok looking at games, i think i have decided to go with x box. the blue ray would be nice since i dont have one on basement tv in man cave where i will be playing video games but i think I just like the exclusive games on x box a little better. now my question is Xbox ready to go right out of box or what will i need.

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i have one friend very very active on ps3, so much that i know i would have a group to play with almost any night they are bored. I have more friends and family with x boxes but not sure how active they are. the kinnect looks cool and i think i may end up going x box route just to play with the kinnect in future

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@nickdiesel: There are some packages out there that have a game included. A new system comes with everything included to get going. Only thing it does not come with as far as a upgrade is an HDMI cable.

Games is a tough one. There are so many different ones from many different genres,

Some good First Person Shooters to try are; Call of Duty, Battlefield, Medal of Honor, Left 4 Dead, The Orange Box (Half Life 2)

Third Person Shooters; Halo, Gears of War, Red Dead Redemption, Dead Space

RPG; Fallout, Borderlands, Fable, Elder Scrolls, Mass Effect, Dragon Age

Strategy; Halo Wars, Tom Clancy's End War, Command & Conqure

These are only mere suggestions. They are highly rated on metacritic dot com.

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@nickdiesel: Continued...

My suggestion to you would be to go to a website like gamestop's xbox 360 tab and look through whatever genres you are interested in and any game you might want to try search for the score at metacritic and it will help give you some advice on how the game plays, how the graphics are and how well the story is told.

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i can get 4 gb in some packages i found, or i can pay 99 more and get 250 gb. do ineed the space?

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@nickdiesel: If you plan on downloading any game content, arcade games, music, movies, etc. The go with the 250 GB. All it takes is 4 big game ad ons or a couple of arcade games and that 4 gb is gone.

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I'm going to be that guy and throw my vote in for the PS3. I really enjoy it for multiple reasons. First and foremost, the system itself is fairly idiot proof. Customization is a breeze and its fairly easy to sync up any type of accessory (whether it be Sony or 3rd party) without any troubleshooting. Updates and patches are streamed automatically and the larger patches only require one or two button clicks

The blu-ray player on the PS3 is absolutely amazing. At the time I was in the market for a blu-ray player and a console so it was an easy choice at the time. I do enjoy my movies so that was an added plus. Don't quote me on this but I have read/heard arguments that it could be one of the more top tier players on the market.

Lastly, I don't have to worry about the dreaded red ring of death. I know Microsoft has improved upon that blunder but at the end of the day - I know for a fact the PS3 will turn on and off without hesitation or a problem. Sony4Life.

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@loosecannon67: It's okay - I'll throw my vote in for the PS3 as well. As a full multimedia system that is simple to use, and very much within the top tier, the PS3 definitely has the edge. It is very friendly to almost any peripherals. People have complained in the past about issues with Netflix, but almost any issue is readily fixed with system updates. And the blu-ray player is definitely quality enough for almost anyone (see previous threads: http://deals.woot.com/questions/details/7fbe01d4-2cd9-452a-a37a-13d0bda6efef/what-is-the-best-blu-ray-player).

However, I will not deny that the 360 is a great gaming machine. It definitely has a more ergonomic controller, and a few exclusive titles left (those are quickly dwindling as Sony is getting more of them ported over).

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Take ten minutes and watch http://cnettv.cnet.com/prizefight-xbox-360-vs-sony-ps3-part-1/9742-1_53-26047.html?tag=contentMain;contentBody;1n - its an in depth product comparison. In the end both have unique features, but the tipping point for most has been the blu ray player in the ps3.

knowledge is power!

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@iamwiggy: http://cnettv.cnet.com/xbox-360-elite-vs-ps3-slim/9742-1_53-50080611.html?tag=api
theres a more current one, the video you linked was from when the consoles first came out so it was lacking a lot of info.

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I'm another one for PS3. I bought it, not because I was in the market for a game system, but because I was in the market for a Blu-Ray player and - at the time - it was both price-competetive with other players, was a BETTER player, and happened to have a pretty kick-rear game system built in.

I have one of the old 'fat' PS3's - in fact, I have the highly cherished fully loaded machine, with all of the media card slots, the full bank of 4 USB's, and hardware emulation for backwards compatibility. That was VERY important to me, as I have a large PS1/PS2 back catalog that I wanted to continue to play.

Blu-ray prices have since come down, and Sony has quit offering models with PS2 compatibility for reasons I cannot fathom. Idiots. At this point, system for system, go with whichever has the more interesting games for you. 360 is way popular for reasons. OTOH, the PS3 IS a very decent blu-ray player in addition to their catalog.

Online gaming isn't a big sell for me. I'd still do PS3.

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And for the record - nobody does the console rundown like Yahtzee does on Zero Punctuation:
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/3-Console-Rundown

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@dosquatch: Really? You can't fathom the reason Sony would stop putting TWO separate processing units into each console?
I can: simple economics. The cost to do it was too great, and it wasn't an important feature for most people, especially considering you can get a slimline PS2 with controllers and games for like $20 on craigslist/ebay these days.

As far as OP, the choice really depends on whether you want Blu-ray and whether you want 12 year olds making up the major part of your online community. XBL is a superior online platform for sure, but the userbase is a little... young. Sony's online service is still good, and PS+ is a great deal. Console exclusives really seem to be becoming a thing of the past, so game choice is fairly consistent among both consoles. Obviously there are some major, exclusive IPs like Halo on XBox and Metal Gear Solid on PS3. Personally, I have all three current-gen consoles and use them all regularly. No favorites here.

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@dosquatch: Oh, and all PS3s can do PS1 games. It's just PS2 games that you need old models for.

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@dosquatch: They stopped backwards compatiblity so they could release the HD collections that have been coming out recently. Such as God of war collection, The Sly Collection, etc.

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@nickdiesel: You will definately burn up the 4gb in a hurry! We have a 120 & have plenty of storage space. We watch a lot of Netflix, so that is a big plus.
And the kinect is awesome! We only have the game that's included, but have just ordered 2 more, the demos were fun, so we are getting a couple that I found on sale last week.

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@stryker4526: It didn't cost anymore because they changed it over to a software based emulation so no extra hardware was needed.

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@segafanalways: Yes, and they did that because keeping the foundries active to produce and implant Emotion Engines was too expensive. They already sell consoles at a loss, and they took steps to minimize it. They took out software emulation as well, you know. And if you think writing software emulation is free well... that's just wrong.

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I vote ps3 I like that you can watch movies and netflix on it as well!

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@stryker4526: "Really? You can't fathom the reason Sony would stop putting TWO separate processing units into each console?"

I can fathom why they stopped doing hardware emulation for compatibility, I cannot fathom why they discontinued software emulation. Heck, sell the emulator on the marketplace for that same $20 and save me the space and electrical drain of yet another piece of hardware.

And, yes, they'll all play PS1 games. I didn't say they wouldn't.

"And if you think writing software emulation is free well... that's just wrong."

Except that the emulator is already written. The cost to throw it on the marketplace is zip to them, the work is already done. It's free money if they'd just offer it for sale.

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@segafanalways: I'd believe that, except for two things: first, there's a market for those collections anyway for people who might not have bought them "back then", and for people who will always buy into the new koolaid as Disney and Lucas have figured out.

Second, Sony still supports the PS2 platform - slimline units are still being sold (meaning the foundaries making PS2 proc's are still alive & kicking, stryker), new titles are still being released. If that market is still alive, they have to know that there's a market for and an interest in backwards compatibility or they wouldn't have made backwards compatible consoles to begin with.

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Just do what I did and buy both! :)

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I currently own both systems, and have for over a year now.

I don't have another Blu-Ray player. In my experience and opinion, the Xbox 360 is the much better of the two, and I was a pretty hardcore ps3 fan before i got my xbox. One of the biggest factors for me is as follows. More then half the games that I want to play for the ps3, are cross platform games and thus can be purchased on the xbox instead. On the flip side, the majority of the 360 games that I enjoy are xbox only. If you were going to make a choice between the two, I'd get the one that has the better games for your type of gaming enjoyment.

Also, Just a heads up, If you decide on the 360, A friend of mine bought the arcade xbox (no hard drive) and hates it. I have the 250 gig hard drive and I would say it's seriously worth the extra cash, especially with the xbox live marketplace games starting to become more popular, and the ability to download games to your hdd.

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I was in the same predicament (Xbox or PS3) and the deciding factor was that I had Rock Band instruments for PS2 that were compatible with the PS3. Since I still enjoy thrashing around spasticly on the drums, I decided to get the PS3. Getting new Rock Band/Guitar Hero software for it was cheaper than buying new instruments for an Xbox.

Then I discovered Little Big Planet and I enjoy my PS3 even more now. :)

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if you like games buy an xbox. if you like movies, buy a ps3.

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If you have kids under 16 or so there is one killer game for the PS/3: Little Big Planet. If you ask me, this single game justifies the existence of the PS/3. The kids play the heck out of it and can't wait for the newer version to come out (in a couple of weeks). Other than that the PS/3 Blue Ray capabilities are still among the best you can get even in stand alone players that cost as much as the PS/3 (or even more).

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@dosquatch: Yes, Sony has stated support will continue until demand for the console ceases. That doesn't mean they are still manufacturing new units. If they are, in fact, still manufacturing them, that says nothing about manufacturing a PS3 package that accepts an Emotion Engine. Putting EEs into PS3s was cost-prohibitive, not making PS2s. The software emulation was also terribly buggy. In the end, the cost of implementation and support for this measure couldn't be justified, since the vast majority of PS3 users don't even use the feature (probably usually due to keeping PS2s anyway).

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I bought a PS3 for the bluray, as opposed to buying one for games. Was never much of a console game player. That said, the games available for the PS3 changed my mind. I now very much enjoy playing a lot of console games (although, I have to say, I will NEVER enjoy console controllers for FPS games, so I skip those entirely. Worst of both worlds).

I use the PS3 these days just about every day. If I'm not gaming, I'm watching Netflix or blurays or just loading up some streaming news or watching a Hulu show or two. I've turned the box into an excuse to stop paying $85/month for cable, and I couldn't be happier.

That said, rumour has it that Xbox 360 has much the same capabilities as the PS3 (minus the bluray, of course, which for me was an absolute must once I got a good HDTV). I think you might discover you're pleased by either one.

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@trekkiegirl: Dunno if yo know this, but you can on the 360 as well. Blockbuster and Netflix both stream.

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Speaking from a woot perspective, I've seen at least 50 deals on either 360's, discounted gold live accounts, and storage space. I've seen maybe 5 deals for the PS3. Through woot I've managed to get about $500 worth of 360 and accessories for only about $200.

If you're not worried about money or the future use of it, think about the Bluray. Do you really, really need it? If so, get the PS3. I contemplated buying a PS3 just for the Bluray. I honestly don't even think I'd use the PS3 for gaming that much.

My point is, for me, the 360 is far better than the PS3. Maybe not 'better', but more awesome.

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I have never bought any version of the Playstation until a month ago. Ever since the original Xbox came out, I've always owned one of those and not a PS. When the 360's came out, I traded out my original and got a 360. I will never own a 360 ever again. I have gone through 4 360's in 5 years and have repaired 3 different 360's for friends. The damn RROD (Red Ring of Death) has came up on every one I've owned and worked on. I haven't even tried the new 360's cause we got a PS3 instead and the fact that Microsoft pissed me off with the 360's. There are alot more games available for the 360, but the fact that I have blu-ray, media server and gaming in one, plus the fact that PS3's have a MUCH smaller failure rate than the 360, I will probably never switch back. Also, was we could use our Netflix account on there without having to pay an additional cost to Sony for using their network. Wife was happy about that, and if she is happy, everyone is happy.

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Kind of surprised no one mentioned this earlier, but backwards compatibility is not exclusive to PS3, Xbox has it as well. Now granted, few games are, but you can still play some of those games on your 360. Now if you buy an older model then you’ll have to update the software,( http://support.xbox.com/en-us/pages/xbox-360/how-to/update-xbox-360/system-updates.aspx) For me, I was big into the Splinter cell series. And all of those will play on my 360. Now there were a few games on the PS2 that I really wish I could play on my PS3 but am unable to do so since I have the slim model. Is that a deal breaker, no. I love the blue-ray.

I see a lot of people saying that the PS3 is so much easier to navigate; I agree it is pretty easy, but so is Xbox. Both will take a little time getting used to, I mean come on, no other previous systems really had these kinds of set ups. But they are awesome.

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And go big with the hard drive. If you decide to go with the PS3, the base 160gb should be plenty. But for the Xbox, unless you absolutely know that you don’t want to fill it full of DLC, then the 4gb would be ok, but I still would recommend that you get the 250. Better to have too much space then not enough.

And finally, keep your eye out. If this is something that your going to take your time on researching out, check back often to deals.woot. If there is a deal on a system, I’m sure it’ll get posted here. I picked up both my systems, Xbox 360 and PS3, with a $75 and $100 store credit.

I recommend right away HDMI cables and extra controllers. For PS3 check out some of there game bundles coming with controllers now, pretty sure there is a GOW3 bundle, Ratchet and Clank bundle, and Little Big Planet bundle with bonus controller around. Last I knew they were a pretty good deal. And the new glossy black 360 controller can pick up for about $35 at different places.

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lol my decision is now clear as mud....
i am still leaning towards xbox because of some games like fable, halo, that i have never plated cause i always owned ps2. and i think kinnect if it does not turn into a gimmick may be a game changer.
ps3 would be nice as i dont have a blu ray in the basement tv, i have the video game tv right beside the big screen so prolly need a separate blu ray for that that. so i think at this time i am leaning towards x box still.
i have an old portable hard drive laying in office unused, can i use that for storage if i get a 4 gb. although i am pretty much convinced to spend the extra hundred and get the 250 gb

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and i still have a working ps2 that i stockpiled highly rated games for. currently finishing up persona 3.

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Food for thought, if you are planning on doing xbox live or any online gaming, use caution with having a 3rd party hard drive in your xbox. As this might get you banned from xbox live. When you sign up you are agreeing to their terms and regulations. If you're not into online gaming then that wont be an issue since you wont be connected to their network. Realize though the new slim models dont have the pop off plug in drives like the old ones did. Everything is internal. Its still possible to mod the drive, but will take a bit more work.

Also FYI, the new versions already come with wireless, set it up to your wiereless in your house and your online. PS3 is also, but the old 360's are not. You would have to buy a wireless adapter. $50 used, closer to $70 brand new.

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@stryker4526: "that says nothing about manufacturing a PS3 package that accepts an Emotion Engine. Putting EEs into PS3s was cost-prohibitive"

sigh I've already said I understand why they discontinued hardware emulation, dude.

@stryker4526: "The software emulation was also terribly buggy."

The hardware emulation wasn't perfect, either at 97%, but the software emulation did just fine for a touch over 80% of the PS2 catalog. Either way, I don't have anything on the "not compatible" list so it's a non-issue to me.

@stryker4526: "In the end, the cost of implementation and support for this measure couldn't be justified, since the vast majority of PS3 users don't even use the feature"

They can't use a feature that doesn't exist. Since the vast majority of PS3's don't have PS2 compatibility, you are drawing an unfoundable conclusion.

Dude, really, chill out. I'm quite happy with my PS3, I'm not trying to sell you on one. Go, play, be happy :o)

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Also I was looking for an older post that talked of this, but be careful when buying used/refurbished. Wherever you get it, get a gurantee that the system has not been banned from xbox live. All 360's can connect to the internet without a gold membership. If you go the private seller route, have them hook it up and show you that it can connect to xbox live.

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XBOX!!!!! Just got one and SO much better than PS3 or stupid Wii...

Get Kinect, Tron Evolution, Forza 3 and then come find me online.

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@shrdlu: Right on, that's the one. Thanks for posting it!

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@trueman313: "if you are planning on doing xbox live or any online gaming, use caution with having a 3rd party hard drive in your xbox."

Another selling point for the PS3 - no proprietary drives. PS3 uses a standard 2.5" SATA HDD (laptop drive). Buy whatever make, model, and size you want from whatever vendor makes you happy, and doing so won't get your console banned. The Official instructions to swap it out are on Sony's website as well as in the PS3 manual. I've seen people report using 1TB drives without problem. I've upped mine from the original 60GB to a 750GB.

250GB in a 360? Pffffft! ;o)