These days playing “TV games”, as we used to call them, is not only for kids anymore. A recent survey showed that the average age of gamers range between 16 and 35. Obviously the big reason for more adults playing games these days are because adults have money. Buying a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 is a huge chunk of cash, even if you buy a gaming console second hand.
Now electronic entertainment is so popular we have more than one choice when it comes to picking a gaming console. I’m about to compare the two to help you decide what to spend your hard earned cash on.
Please note that I’m not including the Nintendo Wii. The Nintendo Wii is great if you want to buy a gaming console for your kids under the age of 12. For the more mature audience a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 is a better choice.
The Playstation 3 is a great console. It’s got more beef under the hood than the Xbox 360 and the added advantage of a Blu-Ray. This means that graphics should be better on Playstation 3, I’m yet to see a massive difference in graphics between the two consoles. Blu-Ray is a bonus but keep in mind that the reason for getting a gaming console is to play games, not to watch movies.
The Playstation 3 has wireless controllers and you can connect four controllers to the console at once. That being said one big let-down that I found with the Playstation 3 controllers is that they can only be charged via USB cable. You cannot replace the batteries by yourself. Although this is not a big issue it can be annoying if you have not charged your controller and want to play a game.
Personally I find the Playstation 3 controllers a little too small; you have to really grip the controller instead of just having it in your hand. In intense button bashing this can cause cramps. But this is only if you are planning on spending long durations of time playing.
The Playstation Move is kind of like Wii for the Playstation 3. You hold some form of controller in your hand that helps the console pick up your movements. Many TV’s have been destroyed because people let the Playstation Move controller slip out of their hand.
Some of the Playstation exclusive games that you might want to think about when buy your console is Uncharted, God of War, Infamous and Grand Turismo 5
The biggest difference between the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 is that the Xbox uses HD DVD instead of Blu-Ray. Blu-Ray can take way more data that HD DVD. This was thought to be a big issue when the consoles first came out but it has turned out that it doesn’t really matter.
The Xbox 360 controllers have a little battery pack at the back, these can take any two AA batteries. I use rechargeable batteries in my controllers. If you buy the Xbox Charge kit you can charge your battery packs from your console. The Xbox 360 controller is slightly chunkier and sits better in your hands, it rests nicely in your hands instead of having to grip it.
A massive reason for getting a Xbox 360 is the online community on Xbox Live. If you like playing games online and competing with other people in the games you love, then Xbox live is the way to go. It does cost a small fee, but is well worth it.
The Xbox 360 has the Kinect system for interactive or movement gaming. The big issue with the Kinect is that you don’t need to hold any controllers for the console to pick up your movements. With the Kinect your body is the controller. Unfortunately the Kinect is an added extra that you will have to buy, unless you get a Xbox 360 Kinect combo deal.
Xbox 360 game exclusives you want to keep in mind are Gears of War, Halo and Forza Motorsport.
There you have it. Which console do you prefer? If you had to buy one, would it be the Playstation 3 or the Xbox 360? Let us know in the comments.