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Old 11-13-2009, 07:50 PM
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I'll try to break this down for normal folks as I own both units and I had a heck of time finding any unbiased reviews. The short answer is you can't really go wrong with either, but the ps3 price drop IMHO makes it the better buy. My main reason for buying the PS3 was my xbox 360 died RROD and I decided to try the ps3.



OK here goes:

-Graphics: The two units are pretty close on quality here, in my case the PS3 has better graphics because my xbox had no HDMI, apples to apples I think it would be hard to pick a winner.

-Controllers: This is really a matter of preference. Some say the xbox controller being bigger makes it more comfortable, from a technical aspect I would have to give the ps3 the win here as it has both vibration and motion, the xbox lacks the latter.

-Online Community: Xbox is the winner here with some one drawback to note. For one it costs $50 per year, if you use the voice chat, group chat, etc, etc... then the xbox is the winner. If you are like myself and you hop online to play games with your friends and prefer to use a phone or email to chat with them then xbox online advantages are pretty much null.

-Netflix: this is a big one for me, now both systems have netflix, the navigation is similar, both are usable however for the moment you need to insert a DVD to play netflix on the ps3. No winner here, it's a tie.

-BLU-RAY: this is a big one, the xbox hd-dvd format died leaving it without an HD disc format, this means if you want to play HD movies via a disc you need to have a blu ray player separately, obviously PS3 wins here, but is the future of HD movies in disc format or streaming?

-Fan noise: This IMO opinion gives the new PS3 the hands down win, my ps3 slim is so quiet i can barely tell it's on, my xbox sounded like a jet engine, i often had movies cranked all the way up just to hear them over the xbox, again IMO this is a HUGE asset to the PS3 Slim.



Breakdown:

Ps3 Pros:

1) Quiet

2) Motion sensitive controllers

3) You can use any Bluetooth headset, keyboard, mouse, etc....

4) Blu-ray

5) Lack of flashing lights on front of machine!

6) Built in wi-fi card

7) HDMI included

8) Free Online Community and Game Play

9) Tech support speaks english and appears to be located in America, they understood my name and my question.

10) Controllers come with built in rechargable battery and can be charged with any usb port.

11) easy to navigate menus


12) No ridiculous Power Brick, just one cord.



Ps3 Cons:

1) No IR receiver, you can't use your regular universal remote to control the ps3 you need a bluetooth which means an extra remote. (or a $60 adapter, which is the route i went)

2) Shape, this one sounds stupid, but the rounded shape of the ps3 really annoys me because you can't stack, say your wii, or even lay your remotes on top of the unit. (maybe you shouldn't do that anyhow LOL)

3) Less games, or at this point I guess the better point would be less games made for the ps3, instead of built for the xbox and ported to the ps3, this is however changing and in the future will be less of an issue.


4) No ability to stack on end, or at least not out of the box, maybe a stand is available.



Xbox 360 Pros:

1) Great online setup, lots of features which some may miss on the ps3, many probably will not

2) great game line up with a head start on ps3

3) Easy to navigate menus

4) Native Netflix Support



Xbox 360 Cons:

1) Noise

2) Build Quality ( i don't have enough time with my ps3 to comment on build quality, but it appears to be well made)

3) Online service is $50 per year.

4) Tech support, I have called xbox live support several times, it is impossible to get them to understand what the issue is or even my name, I even gave up once.

5) Controller Batteries, I have had several sets of the Microsoft brand batteries and I have their charger, they don't last as long as I would have hoped.





Like I said before, you can't really go wrong with either, each side has a huge lists of hates for the competition, the reality is none of them are deal breakers. With the ps3 price reduction I think the playstation is now the clear winner. it has blu ray, plenty of games, large hard drive space, HDMI. From what I understand the xbox build quality has improved, I for one had lots of issues with my xbox and my second one was supposedly one of the better ones.
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welcome to the darkside we have cookies bahahahaha another pro/con is that xbox will automatically connect with a laptop on the same wifi network. ps3 you have to have a bluetooth adapter. but ps3 has a remote play option, so if you're really that hooked on a game, you can play from the crapper on your psp.
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My mac is connected to the ps3, i can use all the itunes playlists, see my photos and watch videos, using Medialink.
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nice! some comps have bluetooth built in, but i thought to media share you had to have bluetooth
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Originally Posted by thatpoorguy View Post
nice! some comps have bluetooth built in, but i thought to media share you had to have bluetooth


I have blutooth built in, however I am streaming over my wireless network, not bluetooth.
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sweet! didn't know i could do that, something else for me to try when i'm back :P lol
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Are newer PS3 quieter than older ones? I find the fan noise from a friend of mines unacceptable as a bluray player, but I'm pretty picky about sound during movies
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Originally Posted by TYSON View Post
Are newer PS3 quieter than older ones? I find the fan noise from a friend of mines unacceptable as a bluray player, but I'm pretty picky about sound during movies


I would assume, i have basically no fan noise what so ever from my ps3 slim, i think the older ones were a little quieter then the xbox, but not significantly. Like I said, I cannot tell my ps3 slim is running from across the room.
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I would assume, i have basically no fan noise what so ever from my ps3 slim, i think the older ones were a little quieter then the xbox, but not significantly. Like I said, I cannot tell my ps3 slim is running from across the room.


Yes, but after years of playing guitar for The Who, you are damn near deaf. Or do I have you confused with Pete Townshend?
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remember his living room is 6 feet wide, so he might not be deaf
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