Spoiler: PS3 Wins
Based on the consoles of present day, between the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3: PS3 wins.
I know there are fanboys who argue all the time that the Xbox is better or that the PlayStation is better. Well, you’d be right to say that the Xbox is better than the PS2 but the PS3 is just better than the Xbox 360. I’m not here to say which console has better graphics or a more ergonomic controller. I’m also not here to determine, finally, which console has better graphics. If you want to buy a video-game-playing machine that has great ergonomics and graphics, buy a PC, no joke. You can hook up an Xbox 360 or PS3 controller and play games in DirectX 11 in 1080P, even on a TV. But that’s beside the point. The point, I think, of a console nowadays is to use it as a media entertainment device without having to bust the bank. In other words, what has more value: the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3?
To start off, the looks of both consoles are awesome. Personally, I like the new look of the 360 much more than the PS3. It’s very compact and even when you stand it up vertically it looks neat and thin; and, yes, the PlayStation 3 is a fatty. On a side note, I wish Microsoft kept the gloss finish. I really hate matte finishes.
Noise? I don’t know why critics and other people compare the noise of consoles, and which is quieter because it really doesn’t matter. Since I’m already comparing the two: they’re both quiet, but the 360 can become literally dead silent if you install a game to a hard drive.
Graphics and exclusive games is all on the consumer. If you like Gears of War or Halo, get the 360. If you like Metal Gear Solid or Uncharted, get the PS3. Simple as that. It’s to the point where there are very few exclusive games so you can pick either console, in terms of exclusive titles.
As far as the 360 and PS3 User Interfaces (UI) go, I prefer the 360’s over the PS3. The Metro UI on the 360 is very sexy, very clean, and completely awesome. The PS3’s XMB (cross-media bar) UI is also nice because you can customize it with live wallpapers and change the overall look of the icons and notifications. For me, though, the interface confuses me because it seems like every time there is a firmware update, Sony changes all the settings around and I can’t find what I want. On top of that, the XMB is just plain slow, sometimes.
Moving on to my favorite part of this blog post: VALUE!
First off, the controllers. Why the flying fuck would I need to buy AA batteries for a vital piece of my console? And don’t tell me I can buy a battery pack. All the reviews I read say the charge dies so fast and to the point where you get a mere few hours of play time. Fuck that shit. I’d rather buy a small pack of batteries when I’m at the gas station filling up my car. Either way, the PS3 controller (DualShock 3/SIXAXIS) is rechargeable and convenient. To put it simply, I would rather have a controller that is rechargeable (PS3) than buy batteries or battery packs (360.)
Online play is another of my favorites, only because I have to pay for shit. I’m going to end this quickly and say that the PS3’s online play system (PSN) is much better. I don’t have to pay anything and I can still use their online and talk to friends. 360? You pay exactly what you get for free on PS3’s PSN. Of course, you don’t get dedicated servers on the PS3. Then again, how many games use dedicated servers on the Xbox 360? Not very many, especially for a high profile game like Modern Warfare 3. When you instill logic and critical thinking into this, paying for an Xbox LIVE Gold Membership gives you access to pay for more shit that you may or may not need, along with more advertisements. On the bright side, you don’t get too many of the niceties on the PS3, like cross-game voice chatting and creating parties. Well, you can do that on the PS3, but it’s very sluggish and you need PSN Home (lol, what a joke.)
Moving on to accessories! Unfortunately, I can’t say much on accessories because I don’t buy accessories, and I don’t care for the PlayStation Move or Kinect. However, I will say that not being able to use a Bluetooth headset/mic on the 360 is a bummer but not a huge problem; supposedly, you can plug in a Bluetooth via USB cable into the 360 and it’ll work. It doesn’t matter much about Bluetooth connectivity because some really good headsets (Turtlebeach, for example) use an USB connection, else they’ll otherwise use an USB Bluetooth adapter.
Now for the third-party applications. If you haven’t been paying attention (which costs a lot, I understand, no sarcasm intended), the PS3 and 360 allow you to watch Netflix and Hulu. The big boner kill to this, and I briefly went through this, you need to have an Xbox LIVE Gold Membership if you want to watch Netflix, Hulu, or even YouTube. While Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube work better on the 360, and you get more video services, I shouldn’t have to pay extra to watch it, especially if I’m already paying for those video services. In which case, fuck that, go with the PS3; assuming you still don’t have to pay to use your video services. Many people have instant streaming Netflix for $8 per month and paying $60 per year, or $10 per month, is overkill. Netflix isn’t worth $156, $216, a year (360), but it sure is worth $96 a year (PS3.) So if I’m going to use my gaming console as an entertainment console as well, should I really have to pay extra for another membership just to use my video services?
Verdict: the PS3 is better, in terms of value. You don’t have to pay for online services to either play online or watch Netflix, you don’t need to buy battery packs or batteries for your controller, and it already comes with a large-space hard drive that you can hot swap for another hard drive or even a solid-state drive.
In the end, if someone were to ask me which console I’d recommend, I’d tell people to get a PlayStation 3 because you can get the exact same services from the Xbox 360 but with better value. Now, if you were to ask me 5 years ago which console I’d recommend…