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Gaming Xbox 360 vs Playstation 3 Online Gaming (3991 Reads

  I personally feel most novice gamers will get their first online gaming experience in the future sitting infront of their HD Television.  At the current date I am only 25 and I can remember when I thought Nintendo was hot stuff.  I am embarrassed to admit the hours spent playing some of the original Nintendo favorites like Mario Brothers 3.

Today gaming technology is way more advanced.  One Game Developer wrote the following

Being a video game developer (I develop for both, Playstation 3 and XBOX 360) people ask me almost daily which platform I think is better. These are my personal feelings, in no way does this reflect my employer.

Short answer: XBOX 360.

Long answer: Price, performance, visual quality, game selection and online support. I think the XBOX 360 wins in every category.

Price: This is obvious; the XBOX 360 core is only $299. The PS3 is around $499 for the 20GB version. It comes with a hard drive, but you don’t need a hard drive to enjoy a lot of great games on the 360 so I think it’s fair to compare both core systems.

Performance: On paper, the PS3 is more powerful. In reality, it’s quite inferior to the 360. Without getting into too many details, the three general-purpose CPU’s the xbox360 has are currently FAR easier to take advantage of than the SPU’s on the PS3. I suspect a few years down the road some high budget, first party PS3 exclusive titles will come out that really take advantage of the SPU’s and do things the XBOX 360 can’t, but I don’t think the console is worth buying based on this speculation (for some it will be though, we'll have to wait and see how these games turn out).

Gaming Consoles like Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's Playstation 3 are in a run off to see who can build the better online experience.   Its a race I am really interested in.  Lets have a look at the console comparison first.

Product Name
Sony PlayStation 3

Microsoft Xbox 360
Release Date 2006 Q4 2005
Controller Bluetooth Wireless 2.4 GHz Wireless
Graphics Core Clock Speed 550 MHz 500MHz
Graphics Processor RSX "Reality Synthesizer" Custom ATI Processor
System Memory 256 MB XDR 512 MB UMA (Shared with GPU)
Video Memory 256 MB 512 MB UMA (Shared with CPU)
Embedded Video Memory n/a 10MB eDRAM
Resolution 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p 480p, 480i, 720p, 1080i
Controller Ports Supports up to 7 Bluetooth Controllers Supports up to 4 Controllers
Digital Media Formats Compatible with CR-ROM, CDR+W, DVD, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD+R DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA CD, MP3 CD, JPEG Photo CD
Game Media Format Blu-ray BD-ROM Dual-Layer DVD-ROM
Integrated Communications 802.11 B/G Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 802.11 A/B/G Wi-Fi ready, adapter not included
Other I/O Connectors Ethernet (RJ45), 6 USB 2.0, CF Slot (Type I, II), SD Slot (Regular, Compact), Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, 1 x Optical Audio 3 USB 2.0, 2 Memory Slots, Ethernet Port (RJ45)
Plug and Play Storage 2.5in Removable Hard Drive (Unkown Size) 20GB Removable Hard Drive
Standard AV Output Connectors 2 x HDMI, 1 x AV n/a
L2 Cache 512KB L2 cache, 256KB per SPE 1MB
Processor Cell Processor Custom IBM PowerPC CPU
Processor Clock Speed 3.2 GHz 3.2 GHz
Built-in Features Backward Compatible with PlayStation 2, Stands Vertically or Horizontally Backward Compatible with Xbox (limited), Stands Vertically or Horizontally, Interchangable Face Plates, Xbox Live Service, Media Center Extender
Memory Bandwidth 25.6 GB/s main memory bandwidth, 22.4 GB/s video memory bandwidth 22.4 GB/s main memory bandwidth, 256 GB/s to eDRAM, 21.6 GB/s FSB
Surround Sound Multichannel Output (software driven) Multichannel Output (software driven)

They both appear to be a decent match up.  What about online play?

The biggest question on my mind is how can Xbox 360 Live plan to compete with Playstation 3 Network which is free?  Lets face the facts here, people want free stuff.

Pricing and Subscriptions

The silver level service is free, while the Gold level requires a regular subscription. Xbox Live Gold subscriptions can be purchased directly from Microsoft; many retailers and online stores also sell subscriptions, often at a discount. When purchased directly from Microsoft, the Gold subscription pricing is as follows:

Country 1 Month 3 Months 12 Months
Europe € 6.99 € 19.99 € 59.99
United Kingdom £4.99 £14.99 £39.99
Australia AU$ 10.95 AU$ 29.95 AU$ 79.95
Sweden SEK 60 SEK 179 SEK 549
USA $7.99 $19.99 $49.99
Japan ¥819 ¥2079 ¥5229
Moving on to the Playstation 3 network.  Is it really free?  For some information I turned to Wikipedia once again.

PlayStation Store

PlayStation Store is a virtual market that allows game demos, trailers, and games to be purchased on the PlayStation 3. The store can only be accessed via the PlayStation 3 XMB under the "Network" category. A PlayStation Network (PSN) account is required to access the store.


The PlayStation Store contains downloadable content for the PlayStation 3 as well as the PlayStation Portable (PSP), which is regularly updated every Thursday afternoon (in the US) and every Friday afternoon for EU. This includes:

    * Downloadable PlayStation Network games and game demos (demos of PSN games and PS3 games), which can be launched from the HDD of the PlayStation 3. All game demos are free.
    * Trailers for upcoming movies and Blu-ray disc movies, all of which are free.
    * Game videos (behind the scenes, interviews, etc) and trailers. All are free.
    * Add-on game content.
    * Emulated games of the original PlayStation, which can be played and downloaded to either the PlayStation 3 or the PSP with firmware version 3.00 or higher.
    * Content can be viewed on the Official PlayStation Store Site.


The PlayStation Store uses local currency to purchase content. For example, one with a US PSN account would buy content in USD or one in Japan would use Yen, etc. This is unlike the Xbox Live Marketplace, which uses Microsoft Points, or the Wii Shop Channel, which uses Wii Points. Money can be added to the "wallet" via credit card or Playstation Card. (See below)

 PlayStation Network Ticket

Credit cards and electronic money (via the Edy system) are currently the only ways PlayStation 3 owners in Japan can purchase content through the Japanese PlayStation Store, but on May 8, 2007 Sony Computer Entertainment announced PlayStation Network Tickets, a form of electronic money that can be used with the Store. PlayStation Network Tickets, set to be available in units of 1,000, 3,000, 5,000, and 10,000 yen, can be purchased at convenience stores throughout Japan. Each ticket contains a 12 digit code which can be input to the PlayStation Network to place credits in the virtual wallet.

The tickets will be available through electronic kiosks at 26,000 convenience stores, including Lawsons, Family Mart, Daily Yamazaki, Mini Stop and Sunkus. There will also be 26,000 post office ATM machines for use to pay for the tickets, although registeration is required first via a special mobile website.

This system is a bit different from the card systems that Microsoft and Nintendo use for their virtual shops. Wii and Xbox Live point cards are available for purchase at standard retailers throughout Japan. Sony has yet to announce a similar program for markets outside of Japan.

I found a better comparison than I could ever attempt to match be sure to leave a comment if you have a thought on the subject.

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Posted on Friday, June 22, 2007 @ 19:57 by floppy 
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Demon1LT writes
I agree, the PS3 lacks alot to be desired compared to the 360.

Friday, June 22, 2007 @ 22:43


floppy writes
I think if Playstation can step up the in game communications its going to dominate xbox360

Saturday, June 23, 2007 @ 15:23


grkronos writes
i own a xbox30 and a friend of mine has ps3, i really like xbox 360 allot better then his ps3 cos of the exact things that where said in the beginning of this article

Saturday, June 23, 2007 @ 17:51


Ped writes
Hmm this article is kinda helpfull i just got a nintendo WII for my daughters, and my old PS2 is on its last legs so i think i might take a closer look at the xbox then !!

Cheers for the help !

Friday, June 29, 2007 @ 15:44


fext writes
PS3 is far superior than the 360 but the lack of online support vs the 360 is what will win it for 360.

The other thing that sucks about the 360 is the amount of fails they have.

My 360 recently blew up - it progressed like so:

1. Game plays for around 20mins then freezes with strange whirring noise
2. Dreaded 3 red lights appear and console does nothing for 5mins and beofre i get to turn it off....
3. Bang - it blew up - loads of burning smells and smoke.

Thankfully i had reproted the freezing issue before it blew up and it just wentt back today - looks like i will be getting me a new 360!

Good job i got extended cover when i first bought it.

This is the only poor thing about 360 in my eyes - the hardware is just not made to last.

The online aspect and games they have that support it provide an amazing experience online and i have not looked back since i got my first xbox [that also failed 4 times].

I guess even though the hardware is not 100% perfect the customer service and repairs are near perfect - any hardware fault now [3 red lights] will get repaird and have a 3 year warranty on the repaired hardware from date of repair - as long as you are first owner and you registered - i gotta get a refund on the extended warranty now!

The other thing that is imminent is Halo 3 and i am sure if this site is promoted and pushed more with potential of clans like mine coming into the Clan Themes community then it can only be a good thing - more console based modules please :D

Oh i got a few i could post up if they would help?

Tuesday, July 10, 2007 @ 17:28


svsnipa writes
I love my 360. Has grea titles and incredible online gameplay. I dont care much for the PS3 and for its substandard games. By the time games can utilize its hardware, a new xbox will be out rofl

Thursday, July 26, 2007 @ 11:41


Mysterious writes
wow nice.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007 @ 07:20


rat writes
PC Gaming For life............

Friday, August 24, 2007 @ 14:51


dragonvm writes

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 @ 08:50


Niall556 writes

Friday, September 28, 2007 @ 17:46


monobox writes
tnxx u guyz

Friday, September 28, 2007 @ 22:54


monobox writes
I AS WELL agree, the PS3 lacks alot to be desired compared to the 360.

Sunday, October 07, 2007 @ 17:48


OneShot writes
I am a 360 fan all the way. Even if the PS3 would come down in price I still would not recommend it to a friend. The load times between the 360 and PS3 are close but the 360 still wins....and this is proven. I am a huge online gamer and the PS3 does not offer me what the 360 can!

Monday, October 08, 2007 @ 18:02


r3skyline writes
holy crap this is awesome! nice take on this... now to use this to go flame some fanboys....cuz we all know pc FTW.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 @ 11:47


darkone2k4 writes
PS3 is too expensive, that is the problem....

Monday, October 29, 2007 @ 10:01

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