Tuesday, June 22, 2010

What's for the Holiday? PS3 Or Xbox 360?

Its holiday now! What should you play in the particular time of joy? Would it be a PS3 or an Xbox 360?

With the festival season not far away and the PS3 slim about to break into the market, lots of people are trying to come to a decision what console to purchase.  Because of how close the mainstream consoles - in particular the PS3 and Xbox 360 (and to a lesser extent, the Wii) - are in terms of competition, it's hard to settle on one.  Several folks just buy both if they have the money, but if you're considering a system for yourself or your child/other family member, you most likely just want to buy one.

Which leads to the natural question of which system is better: the Xbox 360 or the PS3?

The PS3 has a minor lead this season simply because of the Slim coming out shortly.  However, the Xbox 360 is yet very strong and has been questionably more victorious since both consoles were launched.  Here are a few reasons you might like to get a 360 over a PS3.

1. Game choice
The Xbox 360 is still dominating in terms of game selection.  It has targeted games of every sort, and as a result has the widest spread of titles - not to point out exclusive rights to the Halo series, Gears of War, the Fable series, and Left 4 Dead to name a few.  The 360 unquestionably has a lead here.

2. The Xbox Live System
A vast part of buying a console is so you can play with your friends.  Nowadays, though, you don't have to be in the same space to play together.  The Xbox Live offers flawless online gaming, the capacity to download game demos for pretty well any game you can think of (which is great if you wish to test a game before buying), the capability to chat with your friends even if you're not playing the similar game, and a means to hook up your PC to your Xbox for streaming videos/music/pictures.

3. Parental controls
While this isn't an issue for adult gamers, it is imperative for families where young people will be using the console.  The 360 allows parents to manage exactly what your children can do on the system, which is particularly significant if you have the Xbox Live feature.  You can block games, limit who your kids play with and talk to, and even set time limits for how long your children use the console daily.

Those are just a few reasons to buy an Xbox 360 this holiday season.  In terms of which system is superior where the Xbox 360 and PS3 are concerned, it's hard to say, as both have benefits depending on what in particular you're looking for in a console.

A concluding eminent note is that the Xbox 360 Elite has been dropped to $299, so you can get a more advanced version of the regular Xbox 360 console for the same price as a PS3.

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