Playstation 3 Vs Xbox 360

27 10 2009

There once was a time that I would without a doubt argue that the Playstation 3 was the best choice out there when it came to a home entertainment video game system. I used to use the argument that by the time you got all the accessories you had to buy separately to get the Xbox 360 up to par with the Playstation 3 you would spend at least $100 more and still not be quite even (the case is similar here). Recently I put together a chart comparing the price of the Playstation and the Xbox. I was actually saddened to see the price difference was only slightly over $25.

I do realize that there’s no comparison on the HDD and the space/price but when it comes to save files, and the fact that you can stream music from a computer to either of these systems cause that not to be a heavy argument in my book. With the addition of Netflix streaming added to the Playstation, I had to put in the price of GOLD Xbox Live subscription since that’s required to do streaming of movies on the Xbox.

This chart doesn’t really end the argument on monetary value. The Playstation has a Bluray drive, allowing it to play high definition DVDs, where the Xbox does not. Some would argue that the ability to stream HD movies from Netflix basically negates the Bluray argument. Aside from having access to a lot of the special features that Bluray brings to the table, I would have to agree with them. The next subject that would come up (depending on if you were talking to a Sony fan boy or an Xbox fan boy) is that the online game play is more extensive with options like the ability to stream your own Last.fm station amongst other things (look up Xbox live gold subscription to see them all. I want to say all those options are not left out of the Playstation but they may only be based on the game rather then the server). When it comes to games, people believe that the Xbox has a better line up. I’m not into console first person shooters, so those heavy hitters on the Xbox don’t really make it appeal to me. What has really attracted me to the Playstation (This could run you around $50-$200 more on your Playstation buy if you don’t already have one) is the “Remote Play” option. This feature allows you to sync your PSP (PlayStation Portable) with the Playstation 3. After doing this and activating Remote Play you can stream music, pictures, and videos from your Playstation to your PSP via your wireless network, or over the internet. The last thing that isn’t mentioned is the Wireless controllers. The Playstation uses a rechargeable battery that can be charged via a mini-USB cable and the USB port on the front of the Playstation (a computer will also charge the controllers and the cable is included in the box). The Xbox wireless controller requires 2 “AA” batteries, so extra money will have to be spent for a rechargeable option.

Money isn’t too much of a difference here, so when it comes to shopping for the newest system this season, it’s based on the person now rather then the original idea that the Playstation cost too much. Myself, with the track record that Microsoft has not only with operating systems, but their systems themselves, I found it too hard to pick up an Xbox first.

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$99 + Netflix subscription = Movie Bliss

26 10 2009

Today with the announcement of the PS3 being able to stream netflix next month, Best Buy’s brand bluray dvd player, Isignia, took a price cut to $99 (The NS-BRDVD3. Another model exhists (NS-WBRDVD) Which costs about $50 more but allows for wireless connection). This will require a firmware upgrade to the DVD player to use the streaming feature.

In other Bluray news, the Playstation 3 next month (November) will carry the abillity to stream movie and tv episode choices through this entertainment system. Previously, this was only available on the xbox 360 system with a gold status xbox live membership. Unlike the 360, the ps3 will initially require a disk from netflix (i belive you can order one from http://www.netflix.com/ps3) to stream the video until an in system application is made available. This could finally draw the line between 360 and ps3 sales