Pros Amazing technological features, oh and the graphics!
Cons The online community will need to develop more, give it time and it will. No integrated WiFi on the 20Gb.
Summary I have owned the Xbox 360 in the past, and I even considered buying it again before finally deciding to stick with my plans I have had since the first announcing at E3. I waited two nights for this amazing machine, and it was well worth it. My first reactions to the Xbox 360 when I first got it were of disapointment. The frame issues on the Xbox 360 were not next gen to me. But the Playstation 3 does not have the such issues. Being able to play a game of high level graphics in HD and with a whopping 60 frames really is out of this world. The 20Gb is what I had to settle for, but reading the manual I came across one of the most important features of the PS3. Its upgradeability. I can put my own hard drive in. As long as it is a 2.5 SATA it will work, and it will NOT void the warranty. Although the 20GB is lacking the WiFi integration, the WiFi adaptor will be available very soon. As for the multimedia card slots, any memory card reader will work via the USB ports located on the front. A couple interesting things to note, Linux is fully supported on this computer entertainment device. I can only imagine the potential to turn this into a PVR! Also lets not forget those ROMS and emulators people! If you have a chance to get your hands on a 20GB, get it! It is well worth it and IS just as powerful.
One more feature. I cannot believe I left it out! The Blu-Ray is the future. HD movie viewing will be the norm, and from what I have seen, I am very glad. The difference between regular DVD and Blu-Ray, or HD-DVD for that matter, is really night and day. Lets not forget the Blu-Ray technology comes with the 20GB PS3 too!
Pros Incredible gameplay; mp3 player/photo viewer is great
Cons Shows fingerprints on glossy black shell; movie player needs more format compatibility
Summary This has been a great console to play for the past few weeks. Resistance- Fall of Man has been an incredibly detailed shooter to play and requires much expertise to play well. I have had more fun transferring mp3's from my computer and playing them thru my home stereo. Simply use a USB removable card drive and plug it right into the Playstation 3. The sound is excellent. I installed a Buffalo AirStation Ethernet Converter (model WLI-TX4-G54HP)and it works perfectly. So I got wi-fi working for an additional $60. If you have the choice go for the 60 gig model since it has built-in wi-fi but since I only had the opportunity to get the 20 gig model I went for it and I'm glad I did. The photo viewer is awesome as well- I love the portrait mode and the panning/scanning it does with the pictures. Truly a great piece of technology (but is it worth $500??). After owning it for a few weeks I would say YES!
Pros Beautiful exterior, Runs all PS and PS2 games, Excellent wireless controller, Slick touch sensitive button features, Great Graphics, Good for much more than gaming.
Cons Motion sensor controller takes a little while to get use to.
Summary Well myself i have always been a PS fan, even though the hype of Xbox even back in 2001 upon first release was considered much more of a monster gaming machine, i just could never get into xbox mainly because all the games on it were already on PC. Heres the comparison now between the 2 monster systems 360 and PS3.
1.The PS3 is totally backwards compatible, every single PS2 game and a few PS games have worked just fine. Xbox 360 on the other hand must have a start up disc for old games and as i've seen and heard some old xbox games you'll NEVER be able to play on it, meaning you'll just have to keep the old one or be SOL.
2.The graphics on Xbox 360 are nothing to snicker at, but i must admit the PS3s DPI and higher resolution give it more clarity and a much sharper image for the gamer, much like a high end PC gaming system. Plus the PS3 has 3 times the processing power of the Xbox and has had NO lag what so ever.
3.With all the negative reviews regarding the PS3 i still wasnt listening, and as quiet as the system is i dont have to, the 360 sounds like a large vacuum cleaner by comparison and the PS3 barely even sounds like anything but a soft hum. Also the bulky 360 adapter is a pain in the royal A#@ to contend with when unplugging and pluggin in.
4. The PS3 runs "kinda" hot but not nearly as hot as a large Gaming PC which i also own, and both i've kept on for hours without having to call the fire department to distinquish the inferno neither one have ever caused, yet another misconception.
5.The PS3 axis controller is pretty slick maybe a little TO sensitive but at least it really really works, i'd rather have that then trying to pound on the buttons to get it to work. The 360 wireless controller is nowhere near as sensitive and doesnt even give you the option.
6.The 20 gig is a steal, the price is not OVERpriced, especially when you think of the FUTURE of gaming and HD-DVD and Blueray movies, which yes 360 does not have. Also it can be used as a computer without any extra cost, and lots of free demos unlike the 360 xbox live garbage. The only silly thing i think is that sony has the 20 gig and 60 gig which there really is no need for. Your paying 100 extra dollars just for Wi-Fi, and not the card readers, because on the 20 gig all you have to do is take a jump drive with pictures plus it into one of the 4 USB ports and your rolling.
So in closing the PS3 is a better more expensive deal for the future, if people would have patience and not worry about how many games are out now they would realize this. As they said it takes at least 1 to 2 years to get games that take advantage of the full capabitlies of the new systems. So while Xbox is a "good" system PS3 just has more of everything, variety of games for the future and from the past, where as 360 is mostly shoot, kill, RPG, and first person shooters. My other recommendation is stay away from Wii or just get it for Mario Galaxy, i won't say much only Nintendo took a step back when they should be innovating great graphics AND great gameplay, if you don't believe me about the horrendous graphics just look at 80% or the gamespot game reviews, the highest is 7 on even the good. As for now PS3 is just the overall best, and yes i know because i own it and love it and wouldnt trade it for any other system.
"Sweet Console"on by firetwuck
Pros Plays Blu-Ray discs quickly and loads games in seconds.
Cons Current selection of games could have been much better. And the unit collects dust faster than my dogs.
Summary This console is the lower end of the two, but a great deal. 20gb is plenty for 99% of gamers, the only other difference is the wifi, which I don't need because my house is wired and wireless. I have had no problems with my console and I've had it a month now. The games are great even if the selection is not. Need for Speed looks and plays fantastic as does Call of Duty 3. I would recommend this console any day of the week.
Pros Good form factor, easy installation, utilization of same video / optical cabling for initial startup.
Cons Lack of clear upgrade path, lack of upscale for older HDTV sets with only 420i/420p/1080i
Summary A definitive interesting platform with media center potential. This fits multiple family niches:
- Centralized multimedia storage (PSP only for remote storage)
- Web browser and chat communication.
- Potentail for ubiquitous content access to PSP.
- There is be a PHY layer neutral method of connecting a PSP to the PS3. If you have a PS3 on an existing wireline network with a 802.11 b/g cloud, the PSP should be able to associate through the existing network and access PS3 content.
- The content should stream through LocationFree in the future. Once again, PHY independent. Just with IP.
- LocationFree uses an external proxy to help with direction back to a home encoder. This should also happen with the PS3.
- This has DVR potential through Sony's online service, but should also have a QAM tuner and OCAP to finish off as a Set-Top box to live in the Microsoft space. I'm surprised that I have not heard any discussion on OCAP and the OCAP stack for the DVR. MicroSoft gets it.
- There needs to be a clear upgrade path from the 20GB unit to have WiFi access for PSP integration.
- There needs to be clear integration into existing PCs and other appliances (iPod) for integrated media management.
- The 1080i downscale problem definitely poses a problem for those who do not have 720p or 1080p HD units.
All in all, an interesting addition to the house. A foundation.