Two of the best gaming device to date are the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles. People making their first entry into the gaming world will no doubt find it difficult choosing between the two which it what this article will be looking at addressing: the differences between the PS3 and Xbox 360 slim consoles.
Much has changed since Microsoft released the Xbox 360 console in 2005 and Sony Corporation Entertainment the PS3 in 2006. With each company trying to out do each other these are some of the main features that highlight the differences between PS3 and Xbox 360.
Motion Controller System: Both consoles boast a quality motion controller system however the Xbox 360 slim console appears to have the edge when compared against the PS3. A motion controller system is a device that allows you to interact with a video game by responding to your body movements. The Kinect (Microsoft’s motion controller system) is much better than PS3’s controller (called PS3 Move) because it is hands free leaving gamers to concentrate on their gameplay. Unlike the Kinect you need to physically hold the Move to interact with your gameplay.
Consoles Hard Drive: Xbox 360 slim consoles are currently available in 4GB and 250GB while the PS3 slim consoles are available in 160GB and 320GB. So what does a difference in hard drive size matters to any gamer? Well, the bigger the hard drive size, the more you will be able to store video games and multimedia files. This can help preserve your video game discs from corruption as some of the consoles are known to scratch your DVD’s rendering them useless. The PlayStation is therefore a winner in this case.
Price: In terms of prices, PS3 slim consoles are generally more expensive. The PS3 160GB goes for about £245 and £285 for the 320GB versions while you can expect to pay about £185.00 for a 4GB Xbox 360 slim Kinect Bundle and about £280 for a 250GB Xbox 360 slim Kinect Bundle (the Kinect when bought separately costs about £100 or more) but considering the extra features available with the PS3 such as ability to play Blu-Ray movies, upscalling DVD you might be willing to part with some extra cash for the PS3.
Multimedia Capabilities: Both consoles boast great multimedia capabilities as both boxes can stream video, music and have an in-built WI-FI. In terms of graphics PS3 has a better experience especially when playing Blu-Ray movies (which by the way is a PS3 exclusive). Xbox appears to cancel that out by given user a better HD gaming experience which gamers will no doubt love. If multimedia capabilities however is one of your deciders, you might want to look the way of the PS3 as it has a bit more to offer than the Xbox 360.
Gaming Experience: Generally Xbox 360 is regarded as the hardcore console for gamers with the PS3 console not far behind. However the PS3 has more free online games available than the Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 operates an online gaming service called Xbox Live which is not free (costs about £35 annually) nevertheless the Xbox Live offers a better online gaming experience than PSN (PlayStation Network).
In conclusion these are some of the main differences between the PS3 and Xbox 360 slim consoles and choosing between the two consoles really depends on your requirements. Xbox is great for those that love to play online with family and friends. The PS3 on the other hand is an all round system that can do a bit of all other console systems.