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Xbox 360 vs Playstation 3

Updated on October 1, 2014

About the Console Wars

Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 are two of the most popular previous-gen gaming consoles, still widely used across the world, each with over 80 million units sold over the years. While Wii is highly popular as well, I will not include it in this comparison because unlike the first two, it's more about casual rather than core games.

This page is dedicated to the Playstation 3 vs Xbox 360 debate. Which game console do you think is better and why? You are welcome to share your opinion in the massive ongoing discussion below, vote in the poll, or read more about the gaming systems, their specs, graphics and so on.

Playstation 3 vs Xbox 360

Which gaming console do you prefer, and why?

Xbox 360 logo.
Xbox 360 logo.

About Xbox 360

Xbox 360 is a 7th-gen game console from Microsoft and a successor to the first Xbox. It was launched back in 2005 and sold over 41 million units worldwide since then. Xbox 360 uses a PowerPC CPU from IBM, ATI Xenos graphics system and has 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. Unlike PS3, it can only playback regular DVDs and not Blu-ray ones. However, Xbox Live users can watch streaming movies, including the ones in HD quality.

The strongest sides of Xbox 360 are online play via Xbox Live service and exclusive games like the Halo series. It also boasts a high attach rate, although PS3 is catching up.

PlayStation 3 logo.
PlayStation 3 logo.

About Playstation 3

Playstation 3 is the previous flagship console in the Playstation series from Sony. It was launched at the end of 2006 in US and Japan, but delayed until 2007 in the rest of the world. Since then it has sold over 38 million units worldwide. Playstation 3 uses a unique Cell Broadband Engine CPU developed by Sony, IBM and Toshiba, as well as an RSX Reality Synthesizer graphics system from nVidia. It has 256 MB system and 256 MB video memory and is capable of playing back Blu-ray movies. Playstation 3 users can enjoy free online multiplayer gameplay through the PlayStation Network (PSN).

The strong sides of Playstation 3 are its technological advantages and free online services with PSN. However, some developers claim that it's harder to make games for due to its complex architecture.

Xbox vs PS3 Games Poll

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Xbox 360 vs Playstation 3 Comparison

Xbox 360 and PS3 are both excellent gaming consoles. People like to discuss their pros and cons, but of course comparing two systems of vastly different architecture is not as simple as comparing two different gaming PCs. Take their technical specifications and graphics for example: while the PS3 theoretically has more raw processing power due to its touted Cell processor, a game on Playstation 3 usually doesn't look any better than the same game on Xbox 360. It's unclear whether that's due to the limits of the consoles, or the developers not using the potential of the complicated Cell architecture to its fullest - simply because it would take too much time and work to adapt.

As for the pricing, Xbox 360 has been a winner in this area from the start. However, as Sony was able to reduce their considerable manufacturing costs and release a 120 GB - and later a 160 GB 45nm PS3 Slim for a competitive price of $249, they definitely came in close.

Both Microsoft and Sony offer highly popular multiplayer gaming and content distribution services for the users of their consoles. As of 2011, PlayStation Network has over 60 million subscribers worldwide, while Xbox Live is 30 million users strong (source: GamesRadar).

Xbox vs PS3 specs

Xbox 360:

  • 3.1 GHz PowerPC "Xenon" CPU (3-core)
  • 500 MHz Xenos GPU from ATI
  • 512 MB GDDR3 RAM @ 700 MHz shared between CPU & GPU

Playstation 3:

  • 3.2 Ghz POWER-based "Cell" CPU (8-core)
  • 550 MHz Reality Synthesizer GPU from nVidia
  • 256 MB XDR RAM @ 3.2 GHz for the CPU & 256 MB GDDR3 RAM @ 700 MHz for the GPU

Useful Articles About the Older Xbox and Playstation Consoles

Here are some interesting articles and reviews that might help you decide whether to get an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3:

  • Gamespot have tested a number of games like Dragon Age, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Assassins Creed 2 to get a detailed Xbox 360 vs Playstation 3 graphics comparison. Simply mouseover the links to make the images switch. This is the best place to compare real screenshots made on the two platforms. And here Gamespot even add PC to the mix; unsurprisingly, it delivers better graphics than either console.
  • Wikipedia has a big Xbox versus Playstation versus Wii comparison article with lots of technical details and statistics.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm with you dude. Neither side of the fanboys are giving valid arguments. All just opinions. Play what you prefer to play and just SHUT THE FUCK UP.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      EVERYONE SHUT THE **** UP. Honestly what is the point in fighing over this!? We are just making each other upset because we are saying we hate the opposite console! They both have their pros and cons. I honestly bet most people who are dising the opposite console and haven't even had a chance to play it and compare! I SAY XBOX AND PS3 FANS SHOULD UNITE AND DESTROY NINTENDO WII!!!!!! And afterwards we can peacefully go back to playing the console we own and acknowledge both xbox and ps3 are awesome and can rule over nintendo wii together in harmony :))))

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nyesel gw gk beli ps3 xbox cupuuuu!!!! worst 4ever to xbox ps3 is cheap and best quality

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: ps3 to infiaty and bond

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      ps3 to infiaty and bond

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: in your

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: in your

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: i dont think so stupid

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: superb

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      xbox is far better than ps3 guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Haha so Apperantly Xbox got like "a new dashboard" or some Xbox shit like that. Oh the dashboard is the main menu??? Ha, fooled me.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The best thing is to have them both! :) Come on, we are mature people, we can buy both, money aren't a problem. The Last Of Us on PS3 is a masterpiece and HALO 4 was pretty cool too! I love Gears Of War series and also Uncharted series, can't wait for the continuing of both scenarios. So if you are a little kid and your parents can buy only one console - too bad. You probably gonna reply to this comment: "WAT RE U TALKIN BOUT? HALO SUCK!" or "UNCHARTED IS SHIT!"

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      the price range should be compared with storage memory cos xbox which has the 4GB storage is 199$ and ps3 has 250gb which is 250$

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: ps3 is f*ck

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @thrashdeth: go f*ck yourself thrash xbox kicks ass PS3 is a piece of freakin crap

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Play station has good things and so does Xbox. Playstation has free live and games from the ps1 and ps2 can be played on it.

      But, playstations Internet connection is very glitchy and can be hacked easily, the superman hack being a very well known one.

      Xbox 360 has costly live but very little Internet fails or glitches. It is very hard and usually pricey to hack Xbox.

      Xbox has an easier to use main menu and better technology. Because you have to pay for an account, people on Xbox take gaming much more seriously and are normally afraid to be banned because a new free account can't made, like on playstation.

      The playstation 4 is getting better, but the internet is no longer free, it is adding features that is already found in the Xbox 360, such as party chat. The Xbox one doesn't seem that great, but little features like turning it on by voice are going to make it a great console. I have to say that Xbox is farther along it the technology of gaming and is a better console series.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: hell yeah

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: cool man or woman

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was looking for positive comparison between the 2 consoles - I didn't expect to find such filthy language when I first opened up the comments page and what disgusting stuff people buy these consoles for.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Xbox has better controller an there more modifications on Xbox

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Holy shit! Are you illiterate? Aside from the lack of punctuation in that sentence that would kill a grammar nazi, you fit the stereotypical form of a fanboy. You give ABSOLUTELY no facts that ps3 is superior to xbox360 (aside from the RROD) and continue to bash it. XD In my opinion, its more or less the console as it is the GAMES (pretty well the only reason I use xbox is for Halo and minecraft) Finished rant.

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      thrashdeth 4 years ago

      I adore and own both systems, personally i'll just give the PS3 a slight edge due to free online gameplay

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Xbox rocks!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Looking for information to get my son that which will be best for him. Last time I look here for anything. Why would anyone publish such pathetic comments as most here.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      If you google search playstation 3 vs Xbox, you will see that many and most of the sites compare both consoles with every piece they offer, such as graphics and price and memory and hd support and ect.... And playstation wins on most of these, so is this decided by the experts on gaming consoles or a bunch of idiot fanboys who like to cuss each other out? I'm a playstation fan, always have been, for me playstation is better, but Xbox also has many good things to offer

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You just said you don't get how people compare the two systems together, yet all you did was rant about how "amazing" you think gaystation is.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Honestly I think x box is the better machine, but that dosnt mean ps3 sucks, member Xbox users, PlayStation is the godfather of modern style gaming. PlayStation is only around today because of its free online gaming, if PlayStation started to charge for there services online they would never have reached 60 million online users..........my roommate has the PS3 n I have the 360 we both have the exact same Sony bravia tv, we both bought skyrim and now both have Cod bo2, and on two separate occasions my roomymate has told me that that he thinks the games both look better and run smoother on my Xbox then on his ps3......but I have gone through 3 different 360's in the past 4 yrs and my roommate still has his original ps3 from back in 2007.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wii

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: sorry i mean ; but i think ps3 have great factors also like bluray and cpu

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      xbox is much better. have 4x more community players. kinect. better gpu. frequent updates. connecting ability to windows media player. but i thing have great factors also like bluray and cpu

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Btw when PS Orbis comes out lets see how it still will be better console playstation is for life.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am getting annoyed with these idios who think xbox is better when really playstation is better here's why playstation isn't run by some fat greedy arsehole i used to like xbox until i found some commen sense yes xbox may sell more consoles how many millions are replacement because of that red ring of death shit wake up people ps3 is built to last xbox is built to take your money and with that out if you disagree well i don't give a shit and to all playstation users we are the smarter ones.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love penis in my mouth and I own an Xbox!!! Woohoo go Xbox

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I wish there were combined.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Well put

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      playstation 3 is way better then any console out there, just wait till the new ps4 comes out and the xbox users will die wishing they would switch over!!!! xbox sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Both have good things about them and bad. I also own both system and honestly graphics between the two are equal even on PS3 exclusive pretty much the same graphics as 360 exclusives. Blu ray as a selling point is moot as most things are streamed now so it doesn't matter. Lag can be equal but really depends on service provider and connection speed.

      The only bad thing about PS3 is the ineptness of the organization led to the network being hacked.

      It's all personal preference and anyone that calls a person a retard or idiot or must use profanity to put their point across actually detracts from their sides valid points.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: if microsoft didnt support piracy than you would see more people hacking into their network too. who wants to hack free shit then pay to play it online. lagging is equal on both systems. i have both. xbox lags too.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: funny how microsoft claimed xbox would never support blue ray. but they had to give in cuz without it the xbox is even gayer

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: ps3 already can hang with the 720 as far as what microsoft has released for specs. xbox 360 is already a dinosaur another brainwashed microgeek. im sure sony will release a ps4 but just for marketing purposes. they really wont need to.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i just don't get it how the fuck can people even compare these two systems prob because they are both hi def and both have exclusive titles (ps3s exclusives are better). other than that you can't even compare them to each other. ps3 online free and don't give me the lag bullshit i have both and they both lag online equally. ps3 hasn't been able to begin to show what it can even do because it came out a year later than the xbox so xbox got all the good contracts so games that come out on both platforms are based around xbox which limits the power of ps3 because the xbox can't hold a candle to the power of the ps3. blue ray free online. i have my original ps3 from launch date still running strong and i play it all the time. xbox garbage hardware been through 4 of them and and don't play it as much as the ps3. controllers come the fuck on. better feeling and all buttons pressure sensitive xbox 2 buttons pressure sensitive. really people common sense. i just don't see how microsoft brainwashed these idiots cuz you have to be one if you even compare the xbox to the ps3. yeah the people have spoken and they are retarded if they think xbox is better. i have both systems. ps3 all the way. p.s. xbox can't handle ps3 exclusives for a reason. no power piece of shit.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      por favor NO LEAS ESTO

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Uhh.... You know that Jobs is Apple, right?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: fuck xbox ps3 three is the best

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: har har dude you are awesome

      go ps3

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      PS3 FOR ME IS THE BEST. IF YOU PLAY UNCHARTED, KILL ZONE, RESISTANCE, GOD OF WAR, LITTLE BIG PLANET, GRAN TURISMO, MAYBE THEY ARE FEW BUT THE GRAPHICS ARE THE BEST, I HAVE SEEN HALO AND FOR ME IT IS A BIG SH... . DID YOU SEE THE GAME PLAY OF THE LAST OF US?. I PREFER TO PLAY ANY EXCLUSIVE GAMES FOR PS3 THAN ONE MILION FROM XBOX 360..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: if i wanted my cumback i would have wiped it of your mums chin

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: We dont need any windows or gates

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: why?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: there arnt any fences or walls

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      You know why thats good ?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: what?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey you know whats good about heven?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      go microsoft go die steve jobs wait you already did.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Go MAC

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      go PC

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      TwistedWiseman 5 years ago

      This reminds me of the epic battle between Sega and Nintendo :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i'll have u know dat the ps3 is used as a super computer by the us army!!!!!! coz itz equivelent to a computer. but guess who uses the xbox!!!! its in d hands of fans who love using weird controllers!!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i'll have u know dat the ps3 is used as a super computer by the us army!!!!!! coz itz equivelent to a computer. but guess who uses the xbox!!!! its in d hands of fans who love using weird controllers!!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Ur r o kolio u have a life

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      As u see I am I work in the game associates and im americas #1 critic for games so I say xbox 360 is way and totally better the stupid immature ps3!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh yeah bitch you couldn't even fucking tell the difference between PSP and an Xbox so how would you freaking know which console is better gay ass

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You PS3 users should get a life when Xbox 720 comes out it's gonna kick ps4 asses to oblivion

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have both d xbox 360 and the ps3 and d only reason why multiplatform gamez sometimez look better on d 360 is bcoz itz mostly made for d 360 coz d standard of d ps3 and d proccessor is far higher dan dat of d 360. if gamez were made to use d full potential of d ps3 den d xbox wont be in macket anymore. d ps3 haz far better exclusives. d only reasonz i prefer d 360 iz itz controller and itz kinect which i rarely use coz am a core gamer. u have to pay stupid feez to go on live wen ps3 gamerz can go on psn for free. ok to be honest if u remove d live fees d live iz like one percent better dan d ps3 but what d hell. up ps3 and may u live long

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ps3 is much waaaaayy best. You all xbox lovers dont know whats best. Xbox sucks big time.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have had an xbox 360 and always thought that ps3s were better, because no RROD, but the newer xbox 360 slims dont get the rrod. Also the graphics are close, but the 360 with an hdmi hookup is ultra boss. Also xbox live may not be free, but it is always up, always improving, and ALWAYS safe. No hacks there. Also, i prefer the triggers on the 360 controller. They are ergonomically sound. I DO however really like those ps3 exclusives, but i am also very happy with the xbox exclusives. Ps3's used to be better, but the xbox has caught up, and ps3 users are still under the dillusion that xboxs are garbage. Times have changed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Please do tell me about your XBL membership and CoD loving fanboys, also the amount of exclusive brown shooters you enjoy. I much prefer MGS4, LittleBIGplanet and inFAMOUS.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      ?, ummm you guys have no life

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      ppl tlk bout xbox so high but mst of dem dnt av 1 in da 1st place ......so wat i know coz i got a ps3 is dat it is way better!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Wrong, its just that ps3 has. Blu-ray which is 1080p which was not included in the first arcade/core Xbox 360 but then later added in the following year

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      hamzatasleem 5 years ago

      X box 360 is way better then ps3 in many ways

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      ps3 is hd xbox isn't

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm pretty sure you won't be enjoying your crappy gaystation3 when Sony puts ads that interrupt gameplay into their games.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: sony paid money thats the only reason they got it first and we got all zombie maps first either way 360 ftw

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      X box is way better

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      Zebedi666 5 years ago

      @TeamDealStartsH: Half of the tech is either not used or not needed

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      Zebedi666 5 years ago

      @Zebedi666: sorry dude wrong comment. meant for TeamDealStartsHere

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      Zebedi666 5 years ago

      @TeamDealStartsH: Half of the tech is either not used or not needed

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      Zebedi666 5 years ago

      @Jemmi77: I take it you search "what makes PS3 better than xbox" hence why every site you look at says PS3

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      Zebedi666 5 years ago

      @anonymous: How exactly are you working that out i would love to know

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      Zebedi666 5 years ago

      @anonymous: We would have believed you...... if you could spell

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Considering Battlefield 3 was a waste of money, your point is invalid

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Next time you post something, Check your spelling. We can't understand your language sir

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      play3 fucked. 360 the best of consoles . the xbox have the best price , the best games and the more important the best gamers.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ps3 IS BEtter GaBoyss.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: u betrayed me son

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      xbox is better than ps3

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      xbox is better than ps3

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      X BOX is awesome most games on x box have better graphics and if you play COD the games come out earlier on x box and the new x box has blue ray and is cheaper than ps3 and there are more x box exclusive games than ps3 so I say PS is BS

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ok, yeah I see your point of not wanting to spend money for a membership, but if you can't afford to pay just £40 for a years membership. Then you need to get up and get a job that pays more, or even simply get a job rather than being a 'dole dosser'. PS3's network is free yes, I used to be on it. Then everybody was getting hacked. And I thought ok, I would rather pay 40 to keep my details safe and secure on a better network than risk my account getting hacked for the sake of playing online for free. So my call is Xbox is better because networking is much safer And it's not exactly a fortune to pay for that protection and gaming experience.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      y would u wat to spend money on membership after membership pluse not to mention game expenses in the long run money being on no shit memberships could go to sumthin like the damn bill for your internet service that helps sign u in yo weekly monthly yearly payment to play an commune with others

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Xbox may pay for the sevices they get, but the reason they pay is because it helps the network stay stronger. Now take a look at PS3, they have free online gaming...woohoo...all great apart from the fact you have a lagger (WITHOUT FAIL) on every single game you go in!

      Now, to my point. Xbox 360 is better, if PS3 started to charge for their network then hey, we may have a VERY close comparison, because the servers on both would be stable...for the most part anyway.....

      Solution, charge PS3 users for the online access and then, but ONLY then, do another poll on this and see what happens, but atm, im in favour of Xbox because it is safer for account holders, easier to play because of less laggers, and more fun because you dont get connection interruptions (host migration) every 2 maybe 3 games!

      Thanks, p.s to Hate Mailer's (A.K.A PS3 players ) give up, you know for a fact your debate's won't win on this topic.....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm sorry, but who got the "Back To Karkand" DLC map before Xbox360 on Battlefield 3? It was PS3.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Bro everybody knows xbox 360 is better we get more avatar things updates we even get DCL before ps3 or xbox 720 looks better than the ps4 xbox live is better i rather pay money to keep my internet not hacked. they getting it free so they can get hacked xbox better.

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      360xbl 5 years ago

      Xbox

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Everyone thinks that PS3 is better because it has free online and blu ray.

      Playstation has free online but I prefer to pay 59 dollars per year then not paying for a

      very bad online.

      Xbox is better also because it has more updates and better graphics

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Everybody thats saying ps3 is better are poor people!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ps3 all the way boys... I know all you xbox bummers are reading this thinking , OH THEIR ONLY SAYING THAT BECAUSE THEY OWN A PS3, but seriously besides ps3 having like 30 less games (lets not be picky) it sums up overall better then the xbox.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: WTF does Blu-Ray have to do with gaming graphics genius? They are two totally different things.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think you will all agree the best game console of all time is the ZX Spectrum 48k with the cheetah joystick especially good for hormonal teenagers playing Daily Thompsons Olympic games, the only downside to this console is the failure rate of the cassette tape failing to load and waiting 10 minutes for your legendary operation wolf to load this is where I may give the Xbox and sony playstaion 3 the edge