Xbox 360 vs Playstation 3
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?
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.
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
Which console has better games?
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
- 3.1 GHz PowerPC "Xenon" CPU (3-core)
- 500 MHz Xenos GPU from ATI
- 512 MB GDDR3 RAM @ 700 MHz shared between CPU & GPU
- 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.