A must have for the serious gamer, but no substitute for the Xbox 360...
I have owned an Xbox 360 for years and am a happy and loyal Xbox-er. Recently Playstation has been coming out with more exclusive titles that looked amazing and as a result I began looking for a PS3. Overall, I am very pleased with the purchase and am loving all the PS3 exclusive games. But now the important stuff:
Great graphics and processing abilities,
BluRay player (even though I havent used it yet),
nearly silent when running (360 is much louder),
3D capability (even though I don't have a 3D TV and as such havent used that either)
Controllers and Operating system are not as intuitive as the Xbox 360 (but after a while you get used to them).
Extremely slow downloads and installs - every game requires updates and patches to be downloaded and installed, which is nothing new. However, it often takes hours, whereas the 360 only takes minutes. This can be extremely frustrating when you get a new game and are excited to play it.
Very high power use - The PS3 uses much more power than the 360 (even when switched off). After the first power bill I decided to use a surge protector, which I switch off when I'm not playing.
Non upgrade-able hard drive - Not a problem as long as you get a big enough one the first time. The 120 gig should be fine for most gamers, but beware of trying to save $ by getting a unit with a smaller hard drive, you may regret it later.
It may seem like there are more cons than pros, but overall I am VERY happy with the PS3 and won't be parting with it anytime soon. Recently I have been playing it much more than my Xbox, which says a lot. It seems like an Xbox is more versatile, catering to the most hardcore gamers while still being very accessible to casual gamers. I think the PS3 is much more suited to serious gamers considering the greater cost and less user friendly market.
In summary, for a serious gamer the PS3 is a must have, especially considering the exclusive titles it offers (Uncharted, Infamous, Twisted Metal, Killzone, God of War, etc, etc...). However, for the casual gamer I would stick with the Xbox 360 as it is much cheaper, and far easier to pick up and play with a shorter learning curve.
Also, make sure to buy the latest version of the PS3 (ie Slim, etc.) as it will definitely perform better and function longer.
In the great Xbox 360 vs. PS3 debate, I say both!
- BeauKnows147Read full review