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As a 40-something dad with very little knowledge of gaming systems, I’m starting to get requests from my kids to upgrade from their Wii. Since they aren’t being specific in what they want I’m curious as to what system people prefer, Xbox or PS3. Aside from the blue-ray on the PS3 is one system “better” than the other? What are the main pros and cons of each and generally are all games available for both platforms? I’d appreciate your opinions. Thanks!
I have had an XBox for 4-5 years for my own personal gaming, and one day my parents went out to buy a blu-ray player, but the salesman talked them into getting a PS3 instead of just a blu-ray player (SO glad he did :lol: ), so I have used both systems quite a bit, although I have logged TONS more hours on the 360.
The XBox Live network is better than the PSN network in my opinion, and the Red Ring of Death issue has been virtually solved in the new 360’s from what I have heard, so that’s not really a valid concern anymore. Positives for the PS3 include the controllers, they don’t take batteries, you plug them into the PS3 and that charges them, I’m still bitter that 360 can’t do this. And obviously the blu-ray player, from what I have read it’s one of the best blu-ray players out there.
One of the main reasons I have a 360 is because virtually all of my friends have 360’s, and I wanted to play online with them, and because I like the 360 controller layout and size 100x better than the PS3 controller.
So if your kids (or you) aren’t really looking to play with friends online, I would say PS3 is probably the better choice. Plus, if you get the PS3 for the kids, you get to reap the benefits of having a blu-ray player.
But you can’t really go wrong, either way. Both are very solid systems.
IMO it depends on which types of games you are going to be playing. IIRC, games like Call of Duty were tailored more for Xbox 360, and sometimes go so far as to say so in the commercials. One of my friends has a PS3 and is going to be switching to Xbox in the near future because of the security issues PSN has had with information getting hacked and being forced to shut down for extended periods of time.
The biggest advantage PS3 has is that PSN is free (for now) and it has the Blu-Ray player (although if you don’t have blu-ray discs the blu-ray player becomes pointless). I prefer XBox personally. The controllers are bigger and sturdier and you can buy a battery charger pack for 20 bucks and never have to worry about paying for batteries etc.