PS3 or Wii or 360?

December 17, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

It’s the holidays. A season of giving and a season of receiving. Now I have all current home consoles and so my friends seem to think I’m the guy to ask about which console to buy as a gift (or for themselves for that matter). I figure I get that question enough so why not just have my personal opinion shared to anyone willing to read this. It’s probably a little late for those who need to purchase a console for someone this year but I’m hoping it will be handy for the after holiday sales.

Now this question is asked all over the place of course and there is no definitive answer. It really depends on what the end user needs or wants and not truly a question of which console is better. I’ll try to break down all of this information so it’s approachable to gamer or non-gamer alike.

Overall Cost:
Wii Console – $199 (Extra wiimote + nunchuck = $59.98) (New games = $49.99)
360 Elite – $299 (Extra controller = $49.99) (New games = $59.99)
PS3 Slim – $299 (Extra controller = $54.99) (New games = $59.99)

Internal memory:
Wii Console – 512MB expandable with an SD memory card (max 2GB)
360 Elite – 120GB HDD (possible future expansion to 250GB?)
PS3 Slim – 120GB HDD expandable with just about any 2.5 form factor HDD

Backwards compatibility:
Wii Console – 100% with Gamecube Games and also controllers/memory cards
360 Elite – Limited with original xBox games
PS3 Slim – None

Hardware internet capabilities:
Wii Console – Wireless modem built in (need adapter to hardline)
360 Elite – Standard ethernet modem built in (need adapter to go wireless)
PS3 Slim – Both wireless and standard ethernet built in

Internet capabilities:
Wii Console – Limited online play, Opera browser, Downloadable games and demos
360 Elite – Full online play (with $49.99 yearly fee), no browser, Downloadable games, game content, demos, movies, trailers, Netflix streaming
PS3 Slim – Full online play, proprietary browser, Downloadable games, game content, demos, movies, trailers, Netflix streaming.

Video playbaback capabilities:
Wii Console – None
360 Elite – DVD playback
PS3 – Blu-ray & DVD playback

High definition capabilities:
Wii Console – None. Limited to 480p with component cables
360 Elite – Up to full 1080p with HDMI or component cables
PS3 Slim – Up to full 1080p with HDMI or component cables

Recognizable exclusive games:
Wii (Nintendo) – Any Mario game, Any Zelda game, Any Metroid game
360 (XBox) – Halo series, Gears of War series
PS3 (Playstation) – Gran Turismo, Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted series

You’ll notice that this information doesn’t really help at all in deciding which system to purchase. It just gives pretty much the low down about each system and nothing about the games or gameplay. Man I can totally ramble on about consoles. Anyway if you were just looking at this info here’s what it breaks down to:

Wii has the upper hand on cost and backwards compatibility.
360 is tied with PS3 on internal memory and high def capabilities.
PS3 has the upper hand on hardware internet, internet and video playback capabilities.

There are so many nuances of each system and more details that I could get into but I’ll get into that with each individual console in the near future. For now I hope this information confuses you even more. Enjoy the incoming break. Great time to catch up on some gaming 😀

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  1. Badgürl
    December 21, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    I like how much detail you put into this post. Thanks!, cause my aunt was asking. Sadly, I just found out a few minutes ago, that her house was broken into today. Her kids were home(13, 11 & 7). Burgler broke in, tied up the kids, and stole all of the christmas gifts that was under the tree. Along with some jewelry and her biggest tv in the house. Lucky the kids werent hurt though, just cold, and hungry.

  2. Gil
    December 22, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    OMG wtf is wrong with people these days? I guess to some, Christmas is the season of taking. Ya see why my confidence in humanity dwindles? I really wouldn’t be surprised if the world truly does end in 2012.

    • Badgürl
      December 22, 2009 at 8:52 pm

      I wouldn’t either. I use to like watching movies like that, but as day by day goes on, I stop, cause the stuff seems a little to close for comfort…makes you think, should i try and shelter myself and be stuck here with mutants(even though I got enough guns to take on a small army lol) or should i just stand there like a dummy in a movie yelling ”calgun take me again!!!” lol

  3. Mike
    January 12, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Hi, thanks for visiting my Mike Sessions blog.

    As for the topic in question I guess it does come down to what exactly you want to use it for – everyone is different. We have all 3 consoles and just bought a ps3 slim when it came out in Australia. I think its awesome especially with a bluray player for our 50 inch TV and home theatre setup.. We were gonna buy a bluray player and took it off layby when we heard the PS3 slim was coming out for a cheaper price. I personally think PS3 is the best because of the Bluray. If Xbox 360 allowed bluray then I probably would change my mind.

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