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Xbox 360 vs PlayStation 3: Which Console Should You Get For Xmas?

Christmas only comes once a year, and if you are one of those people who has not yet delved into the console market yet but are thinking about doing so, we might be able to help with your question — which console should I buy this Christmas?

Both consoles have their strong points. Microsoft have just released Kinect, a new fully interactive piece of hardware that monitors your movements and transforms them interactively to the console to which ever game you are playing.

Sony on the other hand have also released a similar bit of kit called the Move. The Move is a motion controller that is held in the hand, and corresponds your movements to what is happening on screen, whether it be a fighting game, tennis or bowling.

Both consoles in today’s world are considered as equal competitors, but there are factors in which can sway your decision.

Although the Xbox 360 got off to a great start upon release, with better games and a very good online service — Xbox Live, the PlayStation 3 has crept up very fast and also has it’s own online service — The PlayStation Network, and has also grabbed it’s own unique set of great games.

If you are one for online gaming, it’s really a no brainer when it comes to service. Xbox Live Gold is solid, and is admittedly the better of the two when it comes to connectivity. It has a huge community and a wealth of online services. The only downfall is that there is a monthly fee if you want to play games and access other services such as Facebook or download specific demos.

The PlayStation Network though has really ramped up PSN, bringing a FREE online service to gamers, with the option of a premium service that gives the gamer discounts, access to beta’s and access to full games. It is also cheaper than Xbox Live Gold.

The PS3 also has one up on the 360, in the way that it is future proof. It has 3D capabilities, a Blu-Ray player, and it’s own internet browser than is YouTube friendly.

If you still can not decide then you can check out two of our previous articles that showcase 10 upcoming exclusive titles for each console. You can view the Xbox 360 article here, and the PlayStation 3 article here.

In conclusion, both are pretty much on par with each other and leave it down to personal preference. If an online community is your thing, then Xbox Live is the way to go, and paying the small monthly fee is not such a big deal if you are enjoying yourself, right? Kinect is also huge right now, so look into that if you are interested.

If you are looking to the future, with 3D gaming, and a Blu-Ray player, PS3 is the way to go.

If you are in the market for a console this Xmas, which one will you buy? If you already have a console, maybe you could help our readers decide with your own thoughts.

You may even decide to buy a Wii instead.

Source: Next Gen News

Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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Arliss Barrameda

Every one of you are pathetic a******s. the PS3 got hacked, is losing the market share, and the company president wants to sue everyone. In addition, Sony recently bit off of Nintendo (PSMove, anyone?) XBox 360, on a similar hand, also bit off of Nintendo (Kinect: eh. motion controls, still). The console’s Red Ring of Death brings down its reputation. And, finally, it’s made by Americans (wha? bashin’ on my own race?!) If you all had at least a brain the size of a peanut, you’d realize that Nintendo OBVIOUSLY has the upper hand over the two rivaling companies. One,… Read more »

xknownkingx
xknownkingx

you idiodic people who said ps3 is better need to learn something. who gives about blu-ray it just makes the ps3 slower. even with the help of blu-ray ps3 BARELY beats xbox on graphics and blu-ray owns graphics. now the free online,it got hacked like no other and you say its better than xbox live. do u know how many ps3 players are gonna switch to xbox cus of psn getting hacked big time? lets see which ps3 fanbboy want to argue with me on this that just tells me that ps3 fanboy cant accept facts.

xbox always
xbox always

xbox!!! ps3 has no gears of war. Also, Xbox gets call of duty map packs 1 month earlier

Sec
Sec

I have both consoles, and have to tell you, the online play may be free on PS3, but its no where near as good or fun as xboxs version. no where near! I love the PS3 as well, games like God of War 3 bring it up the scale in terns of a console however i do find when faced with games like "CoD, MH, Gears etc" that are on both console, and online. Ill get the xbox one Just because online is that much better, HOWEVER if you can only get one or the other, and want a more… Read more »

Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris

I have the PS4.

xknownkingx
xknownkingx

i would rather have a 360 any day. i dont care what ps3 fanboys say they are lies anyways

xKnownkingx
xKnownkingx

everything ps3 fanboys said about the ps3 is a total lie. its the same thing as xbox live, way to lie like that. lets start with ps3 connectivity. when i had a ps3 i had at&t full bars and most of the time and psn lags like no other. im like wtf and i checked the other gamers signal and they are full bars. when i played xbox live there was hardly any lag. and you fanboys say that psn is free, there is a good reason sony made online free, sony knows their online sucks compared to xbox live… Read more »

Chamboya
Chamboya

I can't help but laugh at all these arguments about which one is better. I've read countless articles on which one is better and the true facts about it and to be honest, they are both the same. It all depends on which one is better for you. If you want to play on your own and watch movies then I would say the playstation 3 is for you but as far as online play goes, if you are a true "gamer", xbox live is the way to go. One guy's arguments is the HUGE lags, well sorry buddy but… Read more »

Ps3isrubish
Ps3isrubish

People say the Ps3 is better because it has blu ray and is cheaper but that's a lie it's not cheaper it may have blu ray but it dose not use it the graphics On the xbox the graphics are better I played assassins creed and FF13 on both the xbox was better on both games.it has a game ( god of war) every other of it's small amount of ps3 only games has been matched and beaten by xbox and when the ps3 first came out it was stupidly over priced over heated and crashed after 2 hours Sony… Read more »

MeMyOwn
MeMyOwn

The problem with you bandwagon kids is you love your own system too much. You ps3 people especially tickle me. First off, the two undeniable behemoths of the systems are halo and god of war. Whie god of war has one of the most impressive storylines ever, you can play halo multiplayer 10 billion times and it never gets old. Dont EVER compare killzone to halo or gears. ps3 simply has no good exclusive shooters. They are generic. microsoft kids, just admit ps3 is cheaper, move is probably better and it is always good to have that spare 60 bucks.… Read more »

brooks
brooks

in my opinion ps3 is way better than 360 because it just is and it is better for the economy. BROOKS ALMIGHTY HAS SPOKEN

Dave
Dave

I have owned my xbox 360 for about 4 years and love games such as halo. I'm not a massive online player but have live gold and sometimes have a go and get owned!! I have had just about enough of Microsoft and its poor hardware reliability and customer service, my xbox has rrod three times and now has completely given up freezing seconds after start up, 1st fix was by Microsoft and the rest by me as they just set it up to happen again. I have looked at the new xbox 360 slim and expect it should be… Read more »

weirdo
weirdo

owned

marhorn
marhorn

Ok first of….I dont pay pay to have netflix! I stream my media from my pc, all in beautifull blu ray hd! (which looks better on the 360 thanks to anti aliasing) I pay £30 a year to play on Xbox live beacause its a lot better…..no one plays psn! I have Street fighter for both consoles and I can never get a match on psn but always get a match on Xbox live! PS3 sucks and all the true gamers know that! The single biggest lie stupid people beleive is that the ps3 is better!

Savage
Savage

I got a 360, and i gotta admit it irritates me how costly the 360 can be. most of the downloadable content on the 360 will cost you substantial microsoft points. microsoft points cost a bundle once you use a few of them. when i try personalising the avatar on 360, any good items cost microsoft points, same with downloading themes some videos and arcade games. So if you want to personalise your xbox expect extra small payments for microsoft points, coupled with the gold subscription the costs can add up. I'm not down talking the xbox, which has a… Read more »

tim
tim

I know lots of people have lots of freinds and play online.I dont have one freind that owns a playstian 3. I would not trade 1 broken xbox for a playstation 3.Xbox live is not free because it is more than just a internet connection.It is a much better experince

justme
justme

Honestly the only reasons I put the ps3 over the xbox 360 is because ps3 has free online play and it has a blu ray. Every thing outside of those two things are personal preference between gamers.

Also, when it comes to exclusives between consoles I think xbox 360 has the better titles.

Ayush

PS3 will always rock,getting my in 1 month…Xbox360 is nothing but a waste of money..as

1.There is NO Blu-ray
2.No internet browser, even Wii has a browser!
3.PS+ is better than xbox live and is $10/year cheaper.
4.KINETIC= NO Shooters

as of PS3.Blu Ray, Free Online,3D support, more cheaper

grimgrim
grimgrim

may be playstation3 is not so perfect for xbox 360 becouse xbox 360 controller is so cool the playstation3 , playstation3 controller is same for playstation2 controller just plus a cable for playstation2 controller , a mist of xbox 360 is the cable is so many and so weight and so height that the mist of xbox 360 and the same of the two is……… the HDMI those two always be have a HDMI that the same mist of those two hahahaha ,forget it those two is perfect . Oh yeah no

Anthony
Anthony

Xbox360 pwns all.ps3 sucks.ps3-small community.free online that sucks,horrible graphics,blueray.netflix.xbox 360-kinect,redbox,netflix,big community,more games,better graphics,cooler name,can message people,better hardrive,portable,comes in many forms,can play games that ps3 cant like halo1,,2,3,odst,reach- best game EVER.easier controlls,mic,video chat,text,parties,achievements,better price,wireless controllers,game marketplace,zune,facebook,twitter,video marketplace.

CoffeeBuzz08
CoffeeBuzz08

PS3 – Internet Browser, Netflix, Blu Ray, True/Best exclusives, Free online play, hardware reliability, built in wifi, SATA HDD cheap & easy to upgrade, best motion controller.

360 – No browser, pay M$ $60.00/year to Netflix, HD DVD (FAIL), Best exclusives are on PC, xbox live is $60.00/year, system overheats, wifi extra $100, limited to 250GB expensive proprietary HDD.

That's the short version.

PS3>PC>Wii>PSP>DS>iphone games>pushing a hoop around with a stick>360

Alen
Alen

Well i have xbox360 and i would like to have ps3 that my bro has, xbox360 is total shiat, paying for online while it offers nothing else then HUGE lags.
Even the good games are not there. And so much more. Played ps3 on bros console, and i like it alot, while xbox….there is nothing that attracts me to it.

amd300
amd300

I got a xbox slim and I love it but I will get a ps3 too because they got good games too. And now ps3 will be making you pay for they online play. because they are losing money on the free stuff. I guess a good thing can't last forever

obama
obama

wow you guys are a bunch of fanboys who bitch and whine get a life i own all three and love them both but this shit with oh mine system is better is retarded and u guys need to stop crying over it cuz if it wasnt for dreamcast u would not have these sweet ass game systems. oh if u would stop playin 24 7 then ur systems wouldnt be sent back every three weeks to three months.

Jake
Jake

First of all these are both great consoles as we can all agree. At first I only got an XBOX because of the price difference (I wanted a PS3). I love my XBOX. When I play PS3 at my friends' houses I notice that the game play is a little laggy and the graphics aren't as good as my XBOX's. I also noticed how easier it is to navigate through the home screen on my XBOX and it seems more polished. I also liked the online experience on my XBOX a little better than a PS3's. The HD DVD player… Read more »

NoBluRayNoFuture
NoBluRayNoFuture

I had both XBOX 360 and PS3. I like both but.. for the technical specs… PS3 has much more potential (Blu-ray, Processor speed etc.) and less problem like red-ring of death so… I just sold my 360. I only tried Kinect for few days but Move accuracy is superb and at this moment, hands free (button less) is not really the best way to go unless they come up with better games and input / control method for entertainment use. I can be so annoyed to say "XBOX, play music" "XBOX, game"…. all the time you know. Repeating makes it… Read more »

Lady M
Lady M

It's all a bit confusing?? I have a PS3…which I love…I was looking for XBox reviews because I was considering the Kinect and this thread really hasn't helped much lol! I guess if I only want it for Kinect then I don't need online subscription anyway right?

I think that we can only take advice from people who have both… to be the most reliable!
There seems to be way to much bias otherwise.

It's a bit weird lol!

Me360
Me360

JOIN US @ TECHNOBUFFALO GUYS!!!! CONSOLE WARS!!!!!!!!!!!

marhorn
marhorn

you know why ps3 fanboys post here? cos there all using there web browser! Xbox Jedi's are too busy actually playing games! Better games with more people playing them! with no crappy install time and perperually loading in game like the ps3!

WARS OVER XBOX 360 WON! (Master Chief killed you)

Andrew
Andrew

Bottom Line Xbox360 came out over 1 year before PS3, Do the math by years makes PS3 top sales. I just think Xbox360 people are bullheaded, and kind of retarded for paying $60 a year for live to play online.. and its bull that xbox fans says live is better they just dont want to say they are retarded for paying to play..I have a friend had a Xbox 360 and went out and picked up a PS3 because after he played my PS3 he thinks its a great console and its free to play online … So 360 feel… Read more »

CoffeeBuzz08
CoffeeBuzz08

I agree with RoadShow. PS3 has way more features, better hardware reliance, best exclusives (finally), best coming exclusives in 2011, blu ray, internet browser and best motion controller.

Gran Turismo, COD Black Ops and PS Move bundle for Christmas!

Dan
Dan

Does this RoadShow bellend work for Sony or what? The guy who said buy what your friends have got it spot on. I have both consoles because my workmates have a PS3 and my other friends have XBOX. XBOX is undeniably a better live experience, but PS3 is the better console for it's additional features. Look at it this way though – what is a games console meant to do? Play video games. Which one does it better? Xbox. If you've already got a blu-ray player, a desktop computer and a laptop and all you want is gaming experience then… Read more »

marhorn
marhorn

Yes psn is good but it aint nowhere near as smooth as Xbox live! __The Xbox 360 has all the better exclusives with a lot better dlc for them!__The controller is better!__The ps3 loads a LOT slower because of its blu ray drive, which means games take AGES to load and look like there loading or slowing down every while in game!__People play Xbox live a lot more! Thats why good old classic games like Street Fighter 2 and Mortal Kombat are like a 2 hour wait to get a match on psn while on Xbox live its instant because… Read more »

marhorn
marhorn

Yes psn is good but it aint nowhere near as smooth as Xbox live! The Xbox 360 has all the better exclusives with a lot better dlc for them! The controller is better! The ps3 loads a LOT slower because of its blu ray drive, which means games take AGES to load and look like there loading or slowing down every while in game! People play Xbox live a lot more! Thats why good old classic games like Street Fighter 2 and Mortal Kombat are like a 2 hour wait to get a match on psn while on Xbox live… Read more »

marhorn
marhorn

What are you talking about? half your problem is using media centre! I stream al my media files straight from my videos stored on my pc. You can even use zune in the pc to stream 1080p full hd media content or even an awesome thing called tversity, it allows you to stream most files and also remotely acces videoes on youtube! You have obviously overlooked something sooooooo basic in your set up that its kinda hard not to call you a noob, Now that being said I might be wrong and there is genuinely a problem but I cant… Read more »

Mark
Mark

One thing which hasn't made it to the posts is the whole issue of support. I own a XBox 360 Elite. I cannot connect to XBOX Live though. Every time i try to update the console software (which i am prompted to do by xbox) it says it cannot connect, even though its a wired internet connection. And before anyone goes off on one about 'you didn't connect it right', the xbox itself says it is connected to each of the stages: box, cable, network, internet. It also is picking up and runs media from the home network that i… Read more »

ps3stone25
ps3stone25

I have both consoles…and its obvious by my name which I prefer. Will you please stop with this live is better than psn…it is an out and out lie. Psn is free to play online games…and this article talks about connectivity being better on live….proof please?…don’t give out an opinion and sell it as fact… 1. MAG- 256 players in one game runs virtually lag free…uncharted 2..very little lag if any…killzone 3 in beta has no lag for me…I play many other games on ps3…and lag or disconnects rarely if ever happen. 2. So let’s look at the one I… Read more »

Blahhh
Blahhh

What sad pathetic lives you fanboys must have. I'm not even going to say which console I have because it's not my job to promote consumer goods and I couldn't care less if some spotty nerd thinks his console is better than mine.

I have to say though, as much as I hate all large corporations business practices, I have to admire the way Sony and MS have managed to get so many of their naive customers to fight their PR battles for them free of charge.

the truth
the truth

It might be useful for mum's and dad's to know which one is selling better.. and that would globally the PS3 and as a side note, most people in the gaming industry are predicting PS3 to over take X360 overall (Even though it launched 1 ear later).. why is this important? Well when a consoles die or begin to lose support usually kids will want to switch over.. meaning if you an xbox you'll probably end up buying a PS3 eventually. I've had both Xbox & Xbox 360 and sold them as I always felt short changed in terms of… Read more »

VinTheDean
VinTheDean

The reason why people like LIVE so much is because of the software interface. And it makes sense. It was developed by the software power house that is M$. I applaud them for that. The issue I have is cost. They are now paying $60 a year for their online service. The issue is that though it may take a few more clicks to do the same thing on the PSN, I still choose PSN over LIVE. It's FREE. I can buy another game a year because I don't have to pay for LIVE.

Robert
Robert

only 3D games. Not a full 3D entertainment system for games, movies and photos. As 3D comes from SONY and all the equipment used to film 3D comes from SONY then it makes things simple if that's the direction your heading. A full all rounded entertainment system.

Kensuke
Kensuke

How is XBL a no-brainer? What does "admittedly the better" mean? Who admitted it? What do you mean by better at connectivity? The PSN offers just about everything XBL offers and does it for free. I've never been left wanting for features on the PSN.

bobzoz
bobzoz

ps3 for single player play. 360 for online. PS3 NEEDS TO REMAKE THEIR WHOLE online service because 360's destroys it in terms of usability and ease to play with friends and do other things. 360 is a small monthly fee but for the cost off less than a video game for a year its no big deal to pay. I own both and am not a fanboy either way. basically if u like to play online buy which ever you have more friends with. exclusives arent huge but god of war III is epic and 360 does have good games… Read more »

Mike
Mike

Xbox can also do 3d

Legend
Legend

PS3. Blu Ray, Free Online. No Brainer!!!

RoadShow
RoadShow

EXCUSE ME…. Biased toward xbox artical. You forget lots of stuff. Move is more accurate than Kinect and IMO therefore better. It has buttons so you can play shooters (360 about shooters adn they made motion device incapable of shooters). Move already has an impressive line up of games along with lots of hard core games in it's future. The fight lights out, Killzone 3, SOCOM, Time Crisis, and kids/family games LBP2, and all the others. Plus xbox 360 (even the slim) i the most unreliable console in history of gaming, you did say pay to play but forgot to… Read more »

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