Console wars have been going on since the beginning of the console era, first there was PlayStation1 vs Nintendo 62, then XBox vs PlayStation 2 and now XBox vs PlayStation 3. I am not a playstation fanboy or anything, but after a bit of research, i found that PS3 was far more superior than XBox 360 in a lot of different ways. I am going to list out things that PlayStation 3 has better than XBox 360 and vice versa. So here are some reasons that might make you want to get a PS3 instead of XBox 360:
1) Cell Processor on PS3 vs Xenon on XBox 360
PlayStation 3 ships with Cell Processor (Also known as Cell Broadband Engine) clocked at 3.2 GHz, which is a processor used in one of the supercomputers in the world. XBox ships with Xenon Processor clocked at 3.2 GHz as well. Even though XBox’s processor is easy to program for, PlayStation’s processor really crunches XBox’s processor when it comes to raw computational power. PlayStation 3’s processor works in a different way then regular processors. It has one PPE, and Eight SPE’s. In simple words, you could say that PS3 has 9 cores in its processor. But they work differently than regular processor cores. The PPE is the general computing core, which can do everything a regular computer processor can do (it can handle all type of data). But the SPE’s are special cores which can only compute specific type of data, but they are built for that. SPE’s handle the floating point graphics calculation on PS3 games. In other hands, XBox’s processor only has 3 PPE’s and no SPE’s which makes it much easier for developers to program for it, because all 3 cores can handle any type of data, but hey, we are not buying a console to program for, thats the job of developers. Overall, Cell is much more powerful than XBox’s processor, and it can not only do general computation, but also Graphical computation too. Some more info can be found here. Cell processor was made by alliance of Sony, Toshiba and IBM also known as STI.
2) RSX Graphics Processor on PS3 vs Xenos on XBox 360
PS3 uses Nvidia made RSX (Reality Synthesizer) processor whereas XBox uses Xenos. Even though the XBox’s GPU is powerful than PS3’s RSX, PS3 will be able to handle Graphics better because its Cell processor does most of the Graphics calculation, and the GPU only does some calculations like Anti Aliasing and effects. But the XBox GPU does all (or most) of the Graphical Computation.
3) PS3 DualShock 3 Controller vs XBox 360 Controller
PlayStation 3 comes with the latest version of DualShock series of controllers from Sony, DualShock 3. XBox comes with XBox Controller, which was designed by Microsoft. DualShock 3 is lighter than XBox controller. XBox controller uses AA size batteries which need to be replaced when they run out, and they last for around 48 hours of continous use. DualShock 3 lasts for around 24 hours, but it has a inbuilt battery and can be charged via included charger or USB. XBox wireless controllers use proprietary frequencies to connect wirelessly, whereas DualShock 3 controller uses bluetooth which makes it easier and cheaper to replace it. Even thought the XBox controller looks much better than DualShock, DualShock feels much better and lighter while playing games. And who would go buy batteries everyweek or so for their controller when they could just charge it easily. Oh and one more thing, DualShock 3 has sixaxis sensors which are capable of detecting motion too, unlike the XBox controller.
4) Blueray Player on PS3 vs HD DVD on XBox 360
This is probably going to be the deciding factor for most people because this is the category that makes the consoles Future Proof. PS3 comes with a Blue Ray Drive, whereas XBox comes with a HD DVD Reader. When people talk about Blue Ray in PS3, they only think about the ability to play Blue Ray movies on PS3 which is not that useful. But people forget that PS3 games also come in Blue Ray Discs which have higher storage capacity. Blue Ray discs can hold about 50 GB’s of data whereas HD DVD or Dual Layer DVD’s can only hold upto 8.XX GB’s of data. That is more than 5 times less than what BlueRay can hold. Many games that are being released nowdays and are going to be released in the future are going to be more than 8 GB’s, and XBox will have problems with that. Lots of XBox games released around 2011 like Mass Effect 2, Final Fantasy, BattleField 3 etc have 2 or more discs which need to be replaced while playing games. Well, that works for games that go through the mission, but think about open world games, like imagine playing gta v (not released yet) like that and imagine changing discs while going from one place to another. PS3 will not have this problem and will be future proof because Blue Ray supports 50 GB’s of data, which is more than enough for almost any game released to date. Also, PS3 games can support full 1080p HD resolution support, but due to lack of BlueRay XBox Games cannot usually fit full HD games on XBox Discs.
5) PlayStation Network vs XBox Live
I am sure people will get consoles to play online. Both consoles we are comparing have online services. But PSN (or PlayStation Network) is free whereas you have to pay $70 per year for XBL (or XBox Live). Most people believe that XBL is better than PSN, but personally i havent found anything wrong with PSN. So if you want to pay $70 for playing online, go for a XBox. You even have to pay to use third party online services like Netflix.
6) Hardware Quality
PlayStation and Sony as whole is known for its quality products. XBox has known problems like Red Ring of Death, error codes etc. And XBoxes are usually found to break easily. While PS3 also has some problems like YLOD, XBoxes are usually found to be more easily breakable. Oh and not to mention the poor customer support Microsoft provides for “FREE” to XBox customers.
7) Build Problems like Discs Scratching on XBox 360
You might have heard of XBox scratching discs without doing anything before. A lot of people have found their game discs scratched after removing from XBox. If you want to try for yourself, put a disc on xbox, start the game and shake your XBox a little, and bam! you got a free scratched disc. This has happened personally to me 2 times, so i must say that this sucks.
8 ) XBox 360 Power Brick
Have you seen that thing? It is almost the half of the size of XBox itself, whereas PS3 has a inbuilt power controller, so no power brick for PS3. The oversized power brick adds a extra layer of bulkiness on XBox. If you want a free power brick, get the XBox.
9) Multiplatform Games
This one is going to be a tough category to compare, because almost all multiplatform games perform the same on both platforms. Since the games will be optimised for both consoles, they will run somewhat same. XBox is the main developement platform for most games because of its easy to use software developement kit. But things are starting to change, and PS3 is slowly starting to become the main developement platform for most games because of the bottlenecks on XBox (like lack of BlueRay). GTA V, the newly announced game by Rockstar Games, is reported to be using PS3 as the main developement platform.
10) Exclusive Games
PS3 leads this category easily because XBox does not have a lot of good exclusive titles. Halo, Splinter Cell, Gears of War etc are the only mainstream exclusive titles for XBox 360, but they are not completely exclusive because Halo 2 etc were also available for PC. Kinect exclusives are avialable for XBox, but i dont think you would compare kinect adventures with uncharted 2 and 3. Playstation 3 has a good lineup of exclusives like Uncharted 1, 2 and 3, God of War III, Little Big Planet, KillZone, Infamous 2 etc.
|PlayStation 3 Cons||XBox 360 Cons|
|Some Games Like Halo||Lack of BlueRay (Uses DVD)|
|Multi Disc Games|
|Cost for XBox Live|
|Red Ring Of Death|
|Lacks a Lot of Multiplatform Games|
|Uses battery on controller instead of charger|
|Bad Customer Support|
|Big Power Brick|
|No full HD Games|
So, compare for yourself and decide what you want to get. For me PS3 is a way to go. Feel free to comment and share Have fun.