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Oct 14 2011, 6:16pm Anchor

Ok, I am looking into getting a console for me and my family - I spend too much time on the Computer and I need to spend more time with them.

I am looking at both the PS3 and the Xbox 360 but I can only buy one.

I am looking at the PlayStation 3 right now due to its free online gaming service (PSN) and its many features and Exclusive titles (PlayStation Home, etc) I am also some what biased against the Xbox 360 due to the RROD issue they had for so long and I do not know if they got it fixed...

PS3 Games

- Dust 514 
- Star Hawk 
- MAG 

Feel free to try and convince me other wise :)

Oct 14 2011, 7:52pm Anchor

Well, I want to preface this by saying that a gaming console is not really a great way to spend time with your family. Modern co-op basically boils down to getting angry at each other, and of course single-player doesn't help.

While the 360 did fix it's RROD problem with the S models (any new one you buy today), there is the online fee (which you shouldn't be too too concerned about if you're looking for family time?). Many 360 games end up coming to PC anyway, assuming you run a decent Windows box, so I'd probably persuade you towards a PS3 (though, I only own a 360, myself).

Regardless, from your game list, it seems that you're into FPS, and while I'm not into them at all, I understand that the 360 has more high-quality exclusives.

Oct 14 2011, 7:54pm Anchor

I also own a 360, and didn't realize PS3 offered free online game play. That sounds like a winner for that reason alone.

Oct 14 2011, 8:46pm Anchor
YamahaAlex37 wrote:I also own a 360, and didn't realize PS3 offered free online game play. That sounds like a winner for that reason alone.

Hey, YamahaAlex37 PS3 has free online play and a payed for version which is on par with Xbox live. PlayStation Plus, I believe that it is called. They may have lowered the price point of PlayStation Plus when i saw it last.

monkat wrote:Well, I want to preface this by saying that a gaming console is not really a great way to spend time with your family. Modern co-op basically boils down to getting angry at each other, and of course single-player doesn't help.

While the 360 did fix it's RROD problem with the S models (any new one you buy today), there is the online fee (which you shouldn't be too too concerned about if you're looking for family time?). Many 360 games end up coming to PC anyway, assuming you run a decent Windows box, so I'd probably persuade you towards a PS3 (though, I only own a 360, myself).

Regardless, from your game list, it seems that you're into FPS, and while I'm not into them at all, I understand that the 360 has more high-quality exclusives.


I am into all sorts of games :)

RTS Games being my favorites 

The 2 Real Games that I am into ATM is Minecraft and Hemogony Philip of Macedon.
As for Playing Cooperatively me and my family enjoy a bit of competition. I prefer to be the Hero and go guns blazing into the action, My dad likes to come up from behind and Knife me or Snipe me from a distance, My little brother enjoys just shooting stuff in GTA and Red Dead Redemption (Really does not matter what it is.) If my brother had the title of Master Sargent Shooter Person he would be set for life.

As for coop we enjoy games like Fable 3 / Infamous that have open worlds and you can get back at each other. 

I am starting to think that I should upgrade my computer instead :P

Henley
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Oct 14 2011, 10:34pm Anchor

I own both, still have a generation one 360 no rrod on it ever. However I use the ps3 more just because its a simpler interface, better controller (for me anyway) and MP does not require a subscription.

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Oct 15 2011, 11:35am Anchor

id go with the xbox because ps3 got hacked because it didnt have a strong enough firewall and xbox does because no hacker has ever dreamed of hacking microsoft because theve been around since the 1980's so thats my opinion

moci
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Oct 15 2011, 11:40am Anchor
crack42 wrote:no hacker has ever dreamed of hacking microsoft because theve been around since the 1980's so thats my opinion

What? Sony was founded in 1946 so that just doesn't make sense. I say: go with what your friends have.

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Oct 15 2011, 12:05pm Anchor

I have a xbox 360 mostly as all my friends bought it at the time. I never regreted it, i felt it has better games then the Ps3. My dad has a ps3 and i really don't like it that much. The online really isn't that great on ps3.

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Oct 15 2011, 12:24pm Anchor

If you want to play with your family then i would suggest wii , not for cool graphics or best singleplayer games , but its pretty damn fun when playing with friends or family, i own it and have never regreted getting it, i leave singleplayers and ussual games to PC..

Oct 15 2011, 2:00pm Anchor

Eh, PS3 looks good and fancy and free online is nice but Xbox has some great games, is sturdy and can do everything the PS3 can do (at a cheaper price depending on the model.)

The only thing the PS3 has is Bluray, but Xbox has things like Last.fm and Netflix.

Just get what your friends have I guess.

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Oct 15 2011, 2:14pm Anchor

AAAND Ps3 has slightly slightly better graphics and framerate (or so i heard)

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Oct 15 2011, 2:29pm Anchor

The anti aliasing on the PS3 is pretty bad, the lighting is better but the AA is bad and you have to keep in mind the Xbox is older.

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Oct 16 2011, 11:40am Anchor
ScientistSalarian wrote:
The only thing the PS3 has is Bluray, but Xbox has things like Last.fm and Netflix.


PS3 has Netflix, but I agree with Flash112 the wii is much better if you want to play with friends.

Oct 16 2011, 12:26pm Anchor

PS3 is the better console, but the game selection isn't as good as the 360. I'd get a 360 to start out, unless there's a specific game you want that is only on the PS3.

Edited by: masternerdguy

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Oct 16 2011, 4:16pm Anchor

I have to agree that it depends on what games you play with your family. If they are sports,racing and stuff like that you should get a wii but if your family is more into shooters then you would be better off getting a Xbox360.

Oct 16 2011, 4:44pm Anchor

1st off: don't. 

If you have to, get a PS3.  Better value and free multiplayer.

moci
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Oct 16 2011, 5:08pm Anchor
ScientistSalarian wrote:The anti aliasing on the PS3 is pretty bad, the lighting is better but the AA is bad and you have to keep in mind the Xbox is older.

Weird, I thought AA and especially lighting was done via the graphics engine. If the programmers just have to say "well ps3... now just turn on the lights please" I'll apply for a programmers job today.

masternerdguy wrote:PS3 is the better console, but the game selection isn't as good as the 360.

Have you walked in a game story recently? Almost every game gets published on both platforms. Really, both platforms are virtually the same only the buttons and pricing change. For every xbox exclusive there probably is a ps3 exclusive.

Again, get what your friends have so you can borrow games easily.

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macacos2
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Oct 16 2011, 9:59pm Anchor

Xbox 360 owner here. Get a PS3.

No, really. Get it. Xbox is just awful. Both it's community and exclusives are poor, and the graphics, if you care about that, is inferior.
With a PS3 you can also watch Blu-ray movies, which is in my opinion pretty neat.

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Oct 16 2011, 10:17pm Anchor
macacos2 wrote:Xbox 360 owner here. Get a PS3.

No, really. Get it. Xbox is just awful. Both it's community and exclusives are poor, and the graphics, if you care about that, is inferior.
With a PS3 you can also watch Blu-ray movies, which is in my opinion pretty neat.


Community for PS3 is just as bad and the exclusives there are just as well as the Xbox's. Graphics are about the same as well except for lighting.

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Oct 17 2011, 3:42am Anchor

I would get what ever your friends have, for me I prefer the xbox360, I like the controller more, I prefer the exclusives on the xbox (killzone 3 and uncharted are still badass) and the online in my opinion is better.

macacos2 wrote:Xbox 360 owner here. Get a PS3.

No, really. Get it. Xbox is just awful. Both it's community and exclusives are poor, and the graphics, if you care about that, is inferior. With a PS3 you can also watch Blu-ray movies, which is in my opinion pretty neat.


Depends on the developer really, if they know how to utilise the power of the ps3 properly, than yes it does have better graphics.

Edited by: 5n1p3

ambershee
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Oct 17 2011, 5:18am Anchor

I have both consoles - they are pretty much exactly the same. For the record, the hardware setup is more or less the same, so you're not going to get 'better graphics' out of either. Specific games on either platform always look better than other games on either platform, that's just how it is.

Xbox live is a much more refined service than PSN - so you do get what you pay for. The 360 also has better family controls, and personally I feel that the access to smaller, more independant games via XBL is vastly superior to the similar setup on PSN.

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Oct 17 2011, 1:09pm Anchor
crack42 wrote:id go with the xbox because ps3 got hacked because it didnt have a strong enough firewall and xbox does because no hacker has ever dreamed of hacking microsoft because theve been around since the 1980's so thats my opinion

The Xbox 360 has been hacked more than once, just not on as grand a scale. Also, how old a company is doesn't necessarily mean it'll be better or worse.

On the actual matter at hand (if you want the short version, just go to the bottom of my post)--
Ambershee makes the correct point that both consoles are highly similar when it comes to games available on each. However, PSN has recently had -more- popularity in several regions recently, and Steam is far more welcoming to indie games than XBLA. The PS3 is growing as many exclusive games as it can get (Uncharted, Team Ico games, Killzone, LittlebigPlanet, Heavy Rain, Heavenly Sword, Costume Quest, Fat Princess, etc.). Presently, besides Halo, Fable, and Gears of War, I've yet to see Microsoft offer so much variety.

Also, as Macacos2 said, Xbox may have more people using Mics and playing multi, but that doesn't necessarily mean you'd -want- to play with them. Also, my PS3 is more often used as an entertainment center than just a game device. The PSN is very user friendly (I picked it up right away, whereas it took me about 20 minutes to figure out the Xbox 360's menu at a kiosk demo), and Playstation Plus has been offering a good bit more than what I've heard spoken about for LIVE Gold (does LIVE give you free games and hour long trials of games? I've yet to hear them do such a thing).

I have a moderate gaming PC, I have a PS2, I have a PS3, and I have a Wii. That answer the question?

Edited by: TheUnabridgedGamer

moci
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Oct 17 2011, 1:31pm Anchor
ScientistSalarian wrote:Graphics are about the same as well except for lighting.

Can you please explain to me why xbox has better lights? If a programmer does a shitty job on the graphics engine it will look shitty. If they take the time to test on each platform it will look the same. Really I don't get it why ps3 is inferior to xbox. If anything the PS3's cell processors could be more powerful when completely understood.

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Quote:If I learned anything about Valve over the years, its that they can't count to 3 ~xHotPotatox @ joystiq
Quote:If people are making shit, they're making shit not because of the engine, but because their own abilities as a game developer suck.
They'd make similar shit on UDK, Source and CryEngine if they could. ~Mr_Cyberpunk
ambershee
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Oct 18 2011, 5:17am Anchor

@Paradigm - you should see all the games Microsoft has published into XBLA - let alone all the 3rd party titles ;) - I have something like 50-60 indie titles sat on my 360 at the moment.

Oct 19 2011, 12:27am Anchor

Dude im still cranking the N64, idk about you...

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