Technophobia: PS3 vs. Xbox 360 and why I don’t care

Technophobia is a column by James Hardy. Views expressed are not necessarily those of Digixav.

Before I start this article, I’d just like to point out that I’m writing this from the point of view of a neutral. I don’t own a PS3 or an Xbox. I have a Wii.

Yes, a Wii. Shut up.

So now it is time to face the age old question: PS3 or Xbox 360?

Well no, it’s not. Because frankly, I couldn’t care less.

The truth is, Xbox owners will pick Xbox, and PS3 owners will pick PS3.

Sure, you might get the occasional Xbox owner who thinks a PS3 is better, or vice versa, but these people are few and far between. They are outliers in the gaming world.

In general, people want what they have to be better than others. And they probably won’t admit it if they think it isn’t true. That is a fact of life.

And the arguments that these people use just get tedious. They are always the same ones. A typical argument goes something like this:

‘Xbox Live is better than PlayStation Network Sony Entertainment Network.’

‘PS3 has a Blu-ray.’

‘Xbox is cheaper.’

‘So? It’s better.’

‘Xbox is more popular.’

‘And? PS3 has better graphics.’

‘No it doesn’t.’

‘Yes it does.’

‘No it doesn’t.’

‘It does. And what’s up with that stupid Xbox controller?’

That last point is fair enough. Seriously Microsoft, I want my thumbs level with each other. Not a hard concept.

I can hear you trolling already.

‘OMG ur so biased u deffo have a ps3 really!’

The 360 is better value for money though. There we go, impartiality is resumed.

So, er, yeah. These arguments are pointless. And stupid.

Why bother?

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81 Comments

  1. Better value for money! No no no no no! With PS3 you get a blu-ray DVD player with it and you get to play over the internet for free. Also, now you can get the PS3 much cheaper, so I think you do get value for your money. You are right about the controller though. Plus, with PS3 you can play uncharted, my favourite game (so much better than halo, and I have played both) and soon I will have my ps vita to go with my ps3. There are many more reasons why PS3 is better but I can’t be bothered right now o say them. I know I will probably get a lot of abuse from Xbox users, but having played both before getting a PS3 my view back then wasn’t biased, and the PS3 is overall better, though I do know Xbox is better for a few things.

    So yeah – GO PS3!!!

  2. Okay, for a start, I prefer a controller which feels good, doesnt break and doesnt require me to dislocate my thumb to use a chopper gunner on CoD
    1 – 0 Xbox
    Secondly, I want to play good games, and Halo is one of the best around. Sure, Unchartered can be fun, but Halo is the ultimate gaming experience.
    2 – 0 Xbox
    Skyrim, to pick one example, is a game which only has single player. Many other games have single player which you may want to play. But I also want to talk to my friends. Is this possible on PS3? No. Xbox? Yes.
    3 – 0 Xbox
    Lastly, in a bundle of points, most people do not own even own blu-ray, they are more expensive, and to be honest you cannot really tell the difference. Xbox now has 4oD, Facebook, Youtube, iPlayer &c, and for Xbox live I play for quality.
    4 – 0 Xbox
    One final question which is an honest one as well, can you get doritos Crash Course, or Harm’s way for ree download on PSN?
    And to make the argument balanced,the preview you get of a message when it is sent to you on PS3 is oh so very handy when you are half way throufgh a game of CoD or Battlefield.

    1. Halo? Best game around? ¬_¬

      PS3 has had iPlayer, 4oD, Demand 5, ITV Player, YouTube, LoveFilm and Netflix for ages, and the PlayStation Store has more films that are extortionately priced along with Music Unlimited support in most games.

      Microsoft put their weight behind HD DVD. It died a horrible death after Sony’s Blu-ray push and people actually buying Blu-rays and not HD DVDs.

      Sorry Liam, but I will never agree with you.

  3. Yes, yes it is one of the best aound.
    But that does not matter as they both have it all now, Live came out before PSN, does that mean PSN is invalid? No.
    No one buys either blue ray or HD DVD, people buy DVDs, and why buty films on playstation store, when you can have the DVD?

    1. Live came out before PSN because the PS3 was released after the 360. The PS2 had online play back in 2003, but I don’t believe the same could be said for the OG Xbox.

      I buy Blu-ray. Over 3.5 million Blu-ray 3D discs were sold in the US in the first year, even with the slow uptake and lack of interest in consumer 3D. 1 in every 4 optical discs sold is a Blu-ray.

      Why download over getting a disc? Why are CD sales almost nothing? Why are chains such as HMV on the verge of collapse because of their lack of digital presence and the perpetual downward spiral of optical sales? Downloads are here to stay.

      And let’s not start another comment war.

  4. Okay firstly I am adament on keeping this a friendly discussion, othing more XD
    But onto matters, and this is the most important thing, is a PS3 made for playing Blu-ray? If I want to watch Blu-ray I will get a blu-ray player, and an Xbox and a blu-ray player costs roughly the same as a PS3 anyway 😛
    Xavier, I think what can be said is that the different consoles are for duifferent people. Without internet, and a film lover, yes PS3 may be a better option. But as a GAMES console, Xbox wins hands down.

    1. I agree. Flame wars are stupid.

      Sony have sold the PS3 at a loss since day 1. Why? To get Blu-ray players into homes. They don’t care about games TBH. Having millions of Blu-ray players across the world killed off HD DVD, which Microsoft released an external 360 drive for.

      Watch Blu-ray. They are truly phenomenal.

      PS3 160GB = £189
      X360 4GB = £129 or 250GB = £179
      Blu-ray 2D player = £60

      Notice how the 360 and Blu-ray player is the same price as a PS3 and has 156GB less storage? I know which I think is better value.

      PS3 exclusives are, at least IMO, better. Uncharted, Motorstorm, Ratchet & Clank, Gran Turismo, Resistance etc.

      They’re both good, but the PS3 is good-er.

  5. okay that link you sent me reminded me about exclusives, kinect, and all them games, Forza, Halo and Gears are simply phenomenal. Unchartered is okay, motorstorm never heard of, ratchet and clank can be a laugh gran turismo is good, resistance never heard of, you get my drift? Isn’t rage xbox exclusive aswell? yeah the xbox + blu ray as who uses that 4gb anyway?
    Another point in advance, RROD? doesn’t happen on the new one. The new PS3s still get broken…

    1. Motorstorm is epic. Watch this:

      Resistance should be your kind of game:

      Rage is available on PS3, as seen here.

      I know loads of people who have broken 360s, but none who have dead PS3s. I have not had a single problem with mine and I’ve had it 4 years.

  6. Liam, face it. The PS3 is simply better as demonstrated by Xavier, who by the way you got poned by. How can you not heard of resistance – it is AWESOME. And motorstorm is great too. Also, stop talking about s**ty kinect, it isn’t that good whereas eye-toy was really fun at the time. Also, with the new ps vita coming out, that is better than having a slow responding motion sensor where you can wave your hands about. Personally, I am usually quite lazy while I zob and apparently lots of other people are too (Malachi).

    GO PS3 and PS VITA!!!!!

              1. No.

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    1. OK so… The PS3 is nice and the blu-ray player is a good thing [I have one in my laptop] but I personally prefer the 360. IMO the exclusive games are better, Halo, Forza and gears are amazing, I have played games such as Ratchet and Clank, and while it was good and quite fun I not would take it over Halo any day. Also, the controller for the 360 is much more suited to fit in my hands, I personally find the PS3 controller far to small and uncomfortable to use [and before you say it i don’t mind the fact that the analogue stick things are at different heights].

        1. OK if that is your opinion I respect that… even if you are wrong. I’m wondering if you have ever actually played any Halo apart from Halo 2 in third form where you were ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE? And even if you have, have you ever played fire-fight or even the campaign which are both probably the best parts about Halo?

            1. I knew nothing about tech then all I knew was that I had recently bought a HTC HD7 that I loved and the thought of the makers of my phone making a tablet appealed to me, as soon as I had a real look at it and began to learn about tech I changed my mind; and it was like a year ago!!!

            1. OK.. so you beat Malachi, he was awful at Halo we all were back then, the fact that you played Halo about three times and beat someone does not mean that you can say that Halo is crap, IMO it is one of the best games out there.

            1. 1. There is a Community GIF there for me. Try using a good internet connection (ie. not school) or clicking here to see it.
              2. I was celebrating the fact that GIFs work here. Because they are awesome. See here for an explanation (again not on school WiFi).

  7. Xbox live is far better than PSN/SEN and that is the reason we pay for it, the connection is better, the actual service you receive is better, and did we get hacked and lose thousands of peoples personal details??? No we didn’t. And the £30 a year it costs isn’t a lot so…… HA!!!

    1. Firstly, I hardly store any personal details on PSN/SEN. Also I rarely have problems on PSN/SEN, I only ever have occasional problems with ea servers, which I think happens with both consoles.

      1. i understand that you PERSONALLY do not have many personal details on PSN/SEN but many people had Credit/Debit card details on there which were stolen, anyone who had ever paid for something on it did. And the fact that you don’t have problems doesn’t mean anything, a vast amount of PSN users do. And we don’t just pay for the good connection that Xbox Live gold comes with, we pay for all the free videos, the Zune that comes with it, and all the extras that PSN does not have, and in all truth, if you don’t want to pay for it you don’t have to just stick with your silver subscription.

        1. Henry, the thing is people have problems with Xbox Live too, and if you are paying then surely you should be getting better. If they both have problems, I’d rather not pay for it. And about the videos, there are plenty of ways to download or just watch videos free on PS3 as well. Anyway, with the spare cash from not paying for online we can get a blu-ray DVD or two and enjoy better quality than your free videos.

          1. I agree. Xbox Live is down more frequently than SEN on average, and my PS3 has Netflix, Lovefilm, BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD, Demand Five and YouTube on the home screen from first boot. You don’t even need an account to enjoy the great content available on the platform.

            1. Admittedly, some Live users do have problems with their connection, but I never have. And Xavier, I have never had an experience in which Live was down, the only time when I have not been able to connect was when there was a problem with my wireless router. And Live has all the things you listed appart from Demand 5. And then we have some things that you do not, e.g. party chat across games. i can understand that you may not want to chat across games but I personally do. You have to remember that this whole argument is based on opinions not just on facts.

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