Playstation 3 or X box 360?

I'm keen to buy one of these but really don't know which is better.

Not taking the price into consideration, which is the better system?

23 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    This is my cut and paste answer. The reason for that is because a tech info is a tech info, you can't beat it (sources below).

    PS3 will win the console war, no doubt. Xbox 360 and Wii are so weak from technological point of view, that in couple of years they won't be capable of dealing with serious graphics. GTA IV, for instance, isn't even announced for Wii - this toy won't be able to cope with the game's requirements. Xbox 360 is getting GTA IV, however, the game is going to be released on several DVDs - Xbox 360 owners will have to interrupt gaming process and switch discs (Rockstar complained about this issue). Only PS3 will have it on single BD-DVD.

    Let's compare PS3 and XBOX 360:

    1). A third of XBOX 360 (33%) are malfunctioning right from the start. PS3 return rate is only around 0.2%. Despite some people say, that new 360 has no breakdown issues - just visit Xbox section of Yahoo answers and see for yourself an amount of complaints.

    2). PS3 has 8 (7+1) kernels in Cell processor, Xbox 360 -only 3.

    3). PS3 uses advanced tech called Blu-Ray, one disc can store up to 54 gb (in the future - up to 200 gb), Xbox 360 - regular dual layer DVD-9 (8.5GB). It's possible to get HD-DVD (max. - 30GB) for 360, but it'll cost you around 180$, in this case Xbox is going to be MUCH more expensive, than PS3.

    4). Calculations per sec - PS3 - 51-billion-dot-product-operati... per second

    Xbox 360 - 33.6-billion-dot-product-opera... per second

    5). PS3 has full media support - USBs, built-in 4 slots card reader (except 20GB and 40GB versions), ability to use printer and so on.

    Xbox 360 has USBs and only 2 memory slots.

    6). PS3 supports up to 7 Bluetooth Controllers

    Xbox 360 - up to 4 Controllers

    7). PS3 - wi-fi included (except 20 gb version)

    Xbox 360 - wi-fi will cost you around 100 $

    8). Graphics are stronger in PS3, due to RSX chip, that was developed by Nvidia exclusively for PS3. RSX runs on 550 Mhz. It's difficult to compare their graphics chips, because 360 has a video chip with totally different structure and operating memory is divided differently in both consoles. However, PS3 exclusives look better than 360's exclusives.

    9). PS3 uses technology from AGEIA company. It does to physics of the game same thing GPU (videocard processor) does to graphics. This thing is on sale for PC(special card). The price is around 350$. There is no such thing in 360.

    10). Xbox 360 is widely known for so-called "red ring of death" problem - it gets overheated easily. My PS3 was running for more than 15 hours non-stop with no problems. Sometimes Xbox 360 becomes so overheated, that thermopaste on CPU melts, drips on motherboard and successfully shortcircuits it. That's why in some countries people call Xbox 360 "Coffin 360".

    11). Besides all of this, I've seen disassembled Xbox 360 - regular PC architecture - Billy Gates is an uninventive nerd (as usual).

    When I saw disassembled PS3 - it was a surprise - smart architecture, good cooling (don't buy external PS3 coolers - they make everything worse - original system is good), etc.

    12). In 2008 PS3 will get more than 300 games, including Metal Gear Solid 4, The Agent and other great exclusives. Here is the good link to the future PS3 releases.

    13). PS3 online is free, Xbox 360 - you have to pay.

    14). There were reports, that 360 scratches discs. No reports on that in PS3.

    15). The funniest thing, that right now there are no games for PS3, that show full potential of the console. Biggest games weigh only 25 GB (Xbox 360 will need more than 3 discs even for those).

    16). On PS3 you can install other OS, such as Linux Yellow Dog, Ubuntu and others. Sony officially lets you do it. There is no such thing in 360.

    17). PS3 HDD can be replaced easily with any 2.5" SATA 5400 RPM HDD (used in laptops). 250 GB will cost you around 170$. In 360 you have to buy exclusive HDD, where 20GB will cost you 100$.

    18).Sony expects PS3 to stay on the market for, at least, 7-10 years. Also Sony reduces price now. There is a cheaper 40GB version of PS3.

    19).Sony constantly upgrades PS3 software (free updates for OS) - you get new functions and improvements.

    20). PS3 controller (sixaxis) has a motion control - you move controller - game responds. Wii has it, Xbox 360 - doesn't. PS3 is getting rumble controller (Dualshock 3) in 1st quarter 2008, Japan already has it. On I saw those controllers on sale 50$ and up (unofficial import)

    21).On PS3 you can help sick people by running Folding Home project. Wii and Xbox 360 didn't even think about it.

    22).New 40GB is 399$ or 399 euro (depends on the region) - it has no backwards compatibility with PS2 games, has 2 USBs instead of 4, no built-in card reader, but it's the same PS3, strong, reliable, less noisy, different cooling system. The price is friendly.

    I didn't mention Wii, because it's so weak, no point to talk about it. Leave it for kindergarten and casual games.


    and many other sources.

  • 1 decade ago

    OMG how many times has this question been asked on here.

    Its obvious aswell,

    the 360 is just a huge rip off.

    They brought it out too quickly and caused all these reliability problems themselves, also they charge you for every little thing you do, like wifi connector, HD DVD drive, online gaming, and the marketplace points system is f.u.b.a.r. because they try to make you think that your not spending that much when in actual fact your spending way more than you would if you had gone into an actual shop.


    On a it sells 1600 pionts for $19.99 (i live in the uk so i don't know if thats what you'd normally pay in the US) it costs 800 pionts to change your gamer tag for example that means your spending roughly $9.99 to change your name is it really worth that much? sells (RRP) £17.99 for 2100 points meaning to change your name it costs roughly £6.85.

    You can buy FULL games on the PS3 for £3.50

    Oh and anyone who says the online gaming on the 360 is better is wrong as well, i've noticed when both the PS3 and 360 are sharing the same connection the 360 lags and the PS3 doesn't the only reason people say the 360 online is better is because more people use it at the moment than the PS3 but that doesnt make it better, people have just been fooled into thinking the 360 is the cheeper choice when it isn't. Plus now that Halo (which is just a graphical update really to halo 2 nothing more, gameplay's the same) has been released the 360 has got nothing else to rely on, PS3 has hunderds more games on the way (MGS4, GT, Little Big Planet) that will not only keep looking better and better but play better than the 360 games, The PSEye has more uses than the 360's poor attempt at a camera. The PS3 is nowhere near its maximum potential in power whereas it looks like Gears Of War was the maximum for the 360 as Halo doesn't look any better than that.

    Source(s): I own both PS3 and 360 and i've stopped playing on the 360 now and cancelled my subscription.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Xbox 360. Playstation 3's graphics might be a little better, but you can hardly see the diference. Besides Xbox 360 got way better games, like Dead Rising, Halo and Fable 2 (still have to come out, but I believe it's only for 360). Also, it might not look like it, but the 360's controls are actually much more comfy than that of the PS3. I own a PS2 aswell, so I know. I think the PS3's controls are very similar to that of the PS2.

  • Neil G
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Online gaming is free for the PS3 and Xbox Live is £40 per year in UK/ $50 per year in America, so over 5 years that's £200/$250 saved compared to Xbox live. If you like online play there's Resistance, Motorstorm and Warhawk. And Unreal Tournament 3, Haze and Metal Gear Online are coming out. Also the Playstation Network has Little Big Planet and Home coming to it. The Playstation Store has some great things on it like classic Playstation games, as well as Wipeout HD, Calling All Cars and Everyday Shooter.

    Blu-ray discs mean that more can be stored on PS3 games allowing them to be bigger. An Xbox DVD holds about 8GB but a single layer Blu-ray disc holds 25GB and a dual layer holds 50GB yet a 360 game costs the same as a PS3 game. Grand Theft Auto 4 may have to be put on multiple discs for the 360 because they're smaller and you might not like having to get up to change the disc. One level on Killzone 2 takes up 2GB which shows the scale of PS3 games. The PS3 is a very cheap Blu-ray player while you have to buy a £120/$200 add-on to play HD-DVD movies on the 360.

    The PS3 has been out a year less than the 360 and it's graphics are already equalling or bettering those on the 360. As the developers become better at developing games for the PS3 the gap will only widen. As far as games go most of the better games for the Xbox are either multi-platform or going to come out for the PC at some point like Gears of War and Halo 1 & 2 already have.

    The 360 is backwards compatible with about 300 Xbox games but if you get a backwards compatible PS3 then there are thousands of PS1 and PS2 games you can play.

    Here's a list of what I think are or will be the best games for the PS3:

    Well right now there's Resistance, Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Ratchet and Clank, Virtua Fighter 5, Heavenly Sword, Stranglehold, Assassin's Creed, Virtua Tennis 3, Folklore, Uncharted, Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, Guitar Hero 3, Singstar and Call of Duty 4.

    Killzone 2, Haze, MGS4, Final Fantasy XIII, Gran Turismo 5, Afrika, Motorstorm 2, Wipeout PS3, Yakuza 3, LittleBigPlanet, Infamous, White Knight Chronicles, Disgaea 3, The Getaway 3, Heavy Rain, SOCOM: Confrontation, Wardevil, LA Noire, Tekken 6 and God of War 3 will all be coming out as PS3 exclusives. Also the maker of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus is making his next game exclusively on PS3.

    As well as this there are ones that are multi-platform like Devil May Cry 4, Lost Planet, Resident Evil 5, The Orange Box, Eternal Sonata, Soul Calibur 4 and Rock Band. Also a new Jak and Daxter game and Bioshock are rumoured to be coming out on the PS3. So in my opinion the PS3 has a much stronger and more varied lineup then the 360.

    The Xbox is cheaper (but I don't think it is in the long run) and Xbox live is probably better (but I don't think the difference is worth the cost). The original Xbox only had a lifespan of 4 years and with the 360's problems it may only last another 2-3. The PS2 had a lifespan of 6 years and the PS3 is planned to last 7-10 years. All PS3 controllers are rechargeable, you just connect them to the USB port to charge, but you have to buy a rechargeable battery pack if you don't want to use AA batteries for the 360 pad.

    The PS3 has much better hardware than the Xbox which has massive 30% failure rate. The PS3's failure rate is 0.2%. 360's are known to scratch discs if they're moved while on, this would be practically impossible to happen on the PS3 anyway because blu-ray discs are hard-coated.

    The PS3 is the most value for money as all models have a hard drive and Wi-fi built in but for the 360 you have to pay more in some way or another for these features. Also to play DVDs you have to buy a DVD remote for the 360 but you can just use the sixaxis if you want to play DVDs on the PS3. Only the PS3's games are all region free so you can import games from other countries before they come out or get an obscure Japanese game if you want. Also the PS3 plays full 1080p hi-definition whereas the Xbox just upscales the image.

    You should get the console that has the games that you want but I think the PS3 is better because of it's games, features and reliability.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    This is the end all argument for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Note that I am not a fanboy and have played both consoles and by far the Playstation 3 has longevity than the Xbox 360. These are facts and I have numerous sources. Why is this answer long? It refutes everything that Xbox 360 owners say about the Playstation 3. Also, if you're about to dish out $400-$600 for a system, you want to know all you can.


    Microsoft is a company which experiences are mostly computers not games. Windows Vista is a disaster and 50% of people switch back to Windows XP. Microsoft never answered people's problems, this is why people turn to Mac. When Microsoft heard about their Red Ring of Death, they didn't fix it, instead updated the warranty.

    Sony's first Playstation was a success, so they know their field with this. Their smart and reliable and always help their customers when they need too. When Playstation 2 had a lens error, it was Sony who provided how to clean your Playstation 2 with a cotton swab and alcohol, not someone else. They didn't ask you the send your system in so they can fix it, they admitted the problem and gave a simple do-it-yourself solution.


    Look at the bigger picture. With the Playstation 3 you are getting a Blu-Ray DVD player which like $300 on the market for the cheapest one. Playstation 3 most expensive model cost $600 bucks. Xbox 360 most expensive model cost $450 bucks. Let's say Microsoft don't come out for another console for 5 years so lets add their $50 subscription fee to play Xbox Live. That's $250 dollars + $450 dollars for a Xbox 360 in 5 years minus the games. So you are paying more than the Playstation 3 just to use it's features. Features that should have been granted to you when you spent the $450 bucks for their console.


    Playstation 3 had a slight bug problem (3% in consoles worldwide) but was fixed right away with re-releases of the consoles. People complained about their Sixaxis controller not having rumble technology so Sony has worked on Dualshock 3, which will be coming out in Spring 2008. They actually listen when someone complains.

    Xbox 360 currently has a major hardware malfunction called the Red Ring of Death (A play off the name Blue Screen of Death) that only Microsoft can fix. This is a problem in 33% of their consoles in the United States (1 out of 3). Even in their new consoles, these problems still occur. Microsoft has offered to fix it for free and extended their warranty. The problem is it takes 6 weeks to get your Xbox 360 back and it could get stolen in the mail and you won't get reimbursed. In fact Xbox 360 is number 1 in the top ten bad electronics in 2007. Everyone I know is on their second console. If only Microsoft would tell local Gamestops how to fix the problem, but they don't have the best interest in gamers in mind.


    Xbox 360 has better games than the Ps3 now, but by the end of 2008, the Playstation 3 will have way more better games. How do I know? E3 2007 graded every console. Wii got a C- because they talked about their success. Xbox 360 got a C because they talk about their games in 2007 such as Halo and BioShock. The Ps3 got a B- because their longevity is noticed and their games in 2008 will be the best out of the 3 consoles.

    Xbox 360 has had a head start for a year and their games are slightly better than Ps3. Their top 3 games: Halo 3, Gears of War, and Bioshock are all First Person Shooters. They don't have a mix array of games. Microsoft dishes a lot of cash to the developers to keep games exclusive.

    The best games for the Xbox 360 has come and gone. So you tell me you're going to sit there and wait 2-3 years for Halo 4.

    Well right now there's Resistance, Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Ratchet and Clank, Virtua Fighter 5, Heavenly Sword, Stranglehold, Assassin's Creed, Virtua Tennis 3, Folklore, Uncharted, Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, Guitar Hero 3, Singstar and Call of Duty 4. Some games are for the Xbox 360 as well.

    Upcoming exclusive games for the PS3 are Killzone 2, Haze, Metal Gear Solid 4, Final Fantasy XIII, Gran Turismo 5, Afrika, Motorstorm 2, Wipeout, Yakuza 3, LittleBigPlanet, Infamous, White Knight Chronicles, Disgaea 3, The Getaway 3, Heavy Rain, SOCOM: Confrontation, Wardevil, LA Noire, Tekken 6 and God of War 3 will all be coming out as PS3 exclusives. Also the maker of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus is making his next game exclusively on PS3.

    Thats like 15 exclusives with high 9.0 reviews from Gamespot & GameInformer. Most of these games take over a month to complete so you won't be putting the Ps3 down for quite some time now.

    Developers had 2 years to dish out games for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 is not far behind.


    The only accessory you need and should really buy is a new inter cooler fan for the Xbox 360. You should buy it before the Xbox 360 break on you. Why won't Microsoft give it you guys for free? Because they don't care about their gamers and see this as a lost.

    Playstation 3 on the other hand has numerous accessories. They had bluetooth headsets, the new eyetoy which will make the Ps3 a lot similar to Wii with kid games, internet browser. Did you know that Sony is creating an application to allow users to record Live TV. So you're getting a TiVo with a Blu-Ray DVD Player.


    Xbox 360 online is better because more people since it came out a year earlier than the Ps3. When Ps3 introduces Home, the online community will become more connected and better. In Home, you can play pool, billards, bowl, and jump right into games. You don't even need a ps3 game to have fun. Expect a major knockoff from Microsoft, it's in their character to do so.

    In closing, you can't go wrong with the Playstation 3. Playstation 1 and 2 were major hits and the Playstation 3 will follow. Getting a Xbox 360 is like having a Daweoo, a pretty dumb idea.

    Who are you going to choose? The 2 time back to back winner of the console wars or the sophomore that came back unprepared for a rematch (When I mean unprepared I mean buggy [like the ring of death])

    The Ps3 is a end all hands down winner.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You should consider your game preference. Exclusivity would play a huge part in the console war. Gears of War vs Metal Gear 4. Halo 3 vs Final Fantasy XIII.

    The 33% Failure rate of the Xbox 360 vs the less than 3% failure rate of the PS3 should be enough to answer your question.

    It doesnt really matter if Microsoft has excellent tech support and assistance, the thing is that you wont need tech support if you've built a solid gaming console in the first place.


  • 1 decade ago

    I had the same problem you have now. It took me ages to decide which to get. I looked at loads of comparisons and asked people etc. my friend has an x box 360 and I now have a ps3. There's no denying that the x box is a great console. However, it has its problems. I will explain to you why i decided to get a ps3. Firstly, value for money. The ps3 is a blu ray player and the games are on blu ray disks which means they can hold more information. There's rumours of new x box games to come out that will have to use 3 or 4 dvd discs for them whereas the ps3 would only need 1 blu ray disc. The hd dvd external peripheral for the x box is expensive and omly plays movies. No hd dvd games for x box. Secondly, failure rate. X box 360 failure rate - 33% Ps3 failure rate - 0.2% (facts) Thirdly, x box costs in the long run. Apart from the fact that your x box might break you have to pay an annual fee to play online on the x box. This is free for ps3. You have to pay for downloads on the x box. These are free for ps3 apart from full games. You have to pay for a wireless network adaptor for x box. This is included in ps3 for free. Are you beginning to see a pattern?! Ps3 includes a rechargable wireless controller with a cable to recharge it. You have to buy a rechargable battery kit for the x box wireless controller as well as a cable to recharge it!! You get the idea!! Fourthly as the ps3 has been out for a while now its library of games is expanding. X box players always say there are way more games on the x box. However, they fail to menion that most of them are fps's (first person shooters, in case you don't know) and that a lot of the games are games you won't want to play. More exclusive titles are coming out on the ps3 now and they are very good. The online gameplay for ps3 games is just as good as x box , maybe even better as you don't have to pay. Finally, the ps3 will overtake the x box in terms of graphics and gameplay very soon as developers are beginning to try to use the ps3's full potential. The ps3 is already at the same level of graphics and gameplay even though the x box has had a very large head start. Anyway, that's my opinion. You can choose to agree or disagree with me. It's up to you. However I spent a great deal of time deciding which one to get and I believe I have chosen correctly. I alsi had access to my friends x box 360 during my decision making time. Hope this isn't too long or boring for you. Good luck in making your decision!

    Source(s): spent a lot of time deciding. had access to a friends x box 360 and I now own a ps3.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    playstation 3 cause it's got better games and better graphics then the xbox 360 and it only cost like £70 more so i say playstation 3

  • 1 decade ago

    obviously a ps3 lol they are like 500 x better i love my ps3 it has so much more up to date technology than any other console it will have so many good games soon allready does have amazing games. online is free ps3 store is really good and it has a bluray dvd player which in shops a bluray dvd player alone cost 350 pounds ps3 and bluray and all other features cost only 300 and plus ps3 is a great way to store music pictures hd videos and loads loads more i deffinatley reccomend buying a ps3 plus xbox live you have to pay 40 pounds a year lol and xbox360 you have to buy a seperate hd dvd player which looks wied beause there just copying ps3 enough said dude.. hope this helps.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I cant believe this question still exists..come on think about it..the xbox is at it`s max(nothing more it can has had it`s day..the PS3 ha way more power and features and still ha much to give..the PS3 is the present and future..look at GT5 and other new games,they will never be able to come out on the xbox and look and feel the same..even top game programmers are saying they are becoming limited with the xbox..

    Source(s): had a xbox and sold it and got a PS3
  • 1 decade ago

    360 is best hands down..there are way more accessories and games with a 360-also the "live" on 360 is way more organized and understandable than on the ps3.PS3 has better graphics and stuff that computer nerds like if you are going that route then I guess you'd prob. want that one more tho.

    Source(s): i sell the things.
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