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Which is best...PS3 or Xbox 360?

sweatybishop |  Jul. 31, 2012 at 14:55

My PC rig is too old to run the last year or two's crop of games well and I don't have the money to replace it. Got a couple hundred spare for a games console though and some games. Which one is best to go for. I like all types of games, but needs to be family friendly too.

Any ideas?

Most Useful Answer geezapiece  Aug. 1, 2012 at 18:34

Get Whichever one the majority of your friends use.

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Late  Aug. 1, 2012 at 09:42

You know you're setting up an argument with no winner there, don't you.

To be honest, it can be argued either way, but to all intents and purposes they're on a par - all other things being equal.
The last five words there are the key. If you want/need a blu-ray player then you should lean towards ps3. If you want a busier online experience then xbox might suit better. If you want free online multiplayer then ps3 is probably your best bet. If budget is a major factor I believe the xbox is generally a bit cheaper. If there's an exclusive game/franchise you're interested in that could swing it either way.
There's dozens of tiny factors that make xbox the better choice than the ps3, and there's dozens of tiny factors that make Sony's machine a better one than Microsoft's. If any of those factors is important to you then it'll influence your decision. Both are great machines, though.

As both machines are likely to be largely defunct in 2 years' time, though*, it's maybe worth re-examining your pc upgrade options...


*I'm over-simplifying, there. Both manufacturers are likely to be bringing new machines out in around 2 years' time, but nothing is certain, and they'll likely continue supporting their old machines for some time afterward...

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Quietus  Aug. 1, 2012 at 16:09

Agree with basically everything Late said. Neither is better, and it just comes down to taste / requirements. The only thing that's pretty clear cut is if you want Blu-ray, then get a PS3.

If I was forced to choose, I'd take a 360, and this is based solely on price, in that I've noticed that games generally reduce further / quicker for the 360, but there's barely anything in it.

hurrakan  Aug. 1, 2012 at 16:24

Can you assemble your own PC? Building from scratch usually works out MUCH cheaper (and much better), if you know what you're doing.

I could advise about components that are good and cheap. You may be able to just upgrade a few parts. Depends on what you currently have.

gmdlogan  Aug. 1, 2012 at 17:16

Ps3 ftw. Wooo. But as much as anything, i much prefer the Sony controller. I've had 360's and just felt the larger controller was too clunky, D-pads don't work properly for me.

Everyone to their own. But i will say Assassins Creed 1,2 and Brotherhood played smoother on the 360. But hey ho, please yourself.

zahidworld  Aug. 1, 2012 at 17:46

Upgrade your PC. Graphics experience is miles better than a console and games ar cheaper when bought new.

XBOX has better graphics thna PS3.

geezapiece  Aug. 1, 2012 at 18:34

Get Whichever one the majority of your friends use.

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MattGardner  Aug. 1, 2012 at 19:17

Go into a shop, hold the DualShock 3 and the Xbox 360 controller in your hands and choose the one that feels the most natural. I prefer the console experience with the Xbox 360 (IMO XBL has the edge over PSN...but PS+ is a fantastic service) but the basic services on offer are virtually identical - except for the £30-35 annual fee for XBL Gold. I think it's worth it, but others will have their own opinions.

The X360 had the edge early on over the PS3 when it came to multiplatform titles, but that's less of a concern these days, and the PS3 has far more exclusives and a more adventurous approach to indie games and snapping up talent.

If you're a fighting fan, the D-Pad on the DualShock is vastly, VASTLY superior to the Xbox 360's horrible effort...but to be honest if you're serious you'll probably want an arcade stick anyway.

Finally, I think geezapiece has the most important consideration. If you're looking to play online with friends, get the console they've got.

Late  Aug. 1, 2012 at 21:52

Get Whichever one the majority of your friends use.

Good call


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