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#28885 15-Dec-2008 11:56
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FYI: YNA = Yet Not Another.

Alright... Xbox360 is 3 years old and came a long way to its today's spot. PS3 is similarily had its long journey of 2 years. And there's no need to mention Nintendo's huge success of their Wii at 2 years old and printing money like no other gaming consoles can do (other than Nintendo DS/Lite/DSi)...

Anyhow, the age old question still loom... Which is more worthwhile to get: Xbox360 or PS3?

We just missed out the DSE's Xbox 360 60GB Pro Holiday bundle of $345, saving $100 of its normal price. Which made it same price as its Arcade Holiday bundle sibling. I know there are lots more games on Xbox360 and most of which are FPS! I prefer RPG and strategy and seeing that Red Alert 3 is available on Xbox360, that got me interested but not enough still.. I don't mind having Civilization Revolution, and the much talked-about Fallout 3. And I could make use of my Xbox Live Gold membership that I've been paying for but not used much... And some XBLA games that I like to sink my hands on.

On the otherhand, we would like BluRay player and seeing that PS3 is the best BluRay player the money worth... but is that all it is good for? The games aren't so compelling to me, sure it has far better video streaming/multimedia capability (which in itself competing for attention with Apple TV that we're thinking of too)... It doesn't play PS2 games which kinda bonked as we're not way consolidate our shelf-space...

We already have Wii and have full set of Wii Remotes, couple of nunchuk and full Guitar Hero World Tour accessories... so most of the games we'll be playing as family will be on Wii.

Xbox360 would ultimately be just-me sort of console, and PS3 be our preferred entertainment unit... We are also planning to migrate fully over to Apple iMac/MacBookPro/MacMini set up at home, to totally replace our PC...

The more I think about what solution/path to head down, the harder the decision be... so general good discussions on what would worthwhile for our investment in the future, do sing out.

Ask any questions that you can think and I'll try answer them to help giving more context to the discussion and perhaps draw a better conclusion of what to get in the end.

One thing for sure is, we won't be getting them this Xmas... probably at best, Q1/Q2 of 2009...




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  #184218 15-Dec-2008 12:03
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If Play TV comes to NZ playstation will have another plus... but as an entertainment unit again. Also the little things like would you want wireless capability?On PS3 its standard, but unfortunately its an addon with xbox 360.
If you get playstation I can befriend you too... thats gotta count for something right? :P







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  #184284 15-Dec-2008 14:42
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Wireless or not, it's not a worry for me as I've set up another AP/Switch in the lounge using Ethernet-over-Powerline although it is only 14Mbps but sufficient for Wii's WFC and pretty sure it should be more than sufficient for internet gaming anyway seeing that my internet pipe is 10Mbps downlink.

I can see that we may ultimately ended up with Xbox360-Jasper, PS3-160GB and perhaps new AppleTV/MacMini (Feb09)...

Keep the idea coming, the topic is still very young.




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  #184291 15-Dec-2008 15:03
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Seriously the answer is simple. Xbox 360 hands down and don't bother about the Jasper model. It's hard to find and the falcon models are very very reliable. I am still running my 360 which is the Xenon launch model (Core pack) and still going strong. Am I a Xbox 360 fanboy? Yes. Do I love the 360 more than Bill Gates prob would? Yes

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  #184292 15-Dec-2008 15:09
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I have to agree with the Xbox support here.  I love my Xbox, and I have access to a PS3 anytime I want to use it.  I'm not a fan of the PS controllers for a start, so that turns me off using it for gaming, and I despise the crossbar UI of the PS3 as well.  The form factor and style of the hardware is great, but the Xbox incorporates that same style, form factor, with a UI that I love, compatability with heaps of media formats, and a kick-ass range of games that are only now reaching graphical maturity. 

Xbox hands down.

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  #184299 15-Dec-2008 15:24
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Cheers guys for your opinions on Xbox360, I share the same thoughts as you both and I do like PS3 too which is why this discussion...

I know I'd have PS3 for Final Fantasy {edition} whenever that is out...

Anyhow, appreciate your vivid support for Xbox360 (I just hope this topic won't spark up the fanboyism war between two consoles) other than that, any healthy discussion is good.

so far I'm still stuck on same level for either consoles.




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  #184307 15-Dec-2008 15:46
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Hi Chiefie,

+1 for Xbox360.

I also have a PS3, but find myself playing the Xbox360 more - could be because I have way more games (35+ vs 4) for it.
Currently the PS3 just gets used as a Blu-Ray player with the odd game of Wipeout HD and GT5 Prologue.

I would say that the online service is a lot better on XboxLive - and it should be considering you pay for it.

Downsides for the Xbox360 are the noise the DVD drive makes. But this can be solved by installing the game to the hard drive (new feature with latest firmware update). Just make sure you have the disc in the drive, as it checks it when starting game from hard drive.

Then there is the RROD factor. It happened to my launch console, but sent it off courier post and had it back in 2 weeks. Thats probably when the PS3 got the most use. However, the newer model versions (Jasper, Falcon) are a lot more reliable.

Another note, the current 80GB model wont play PS2 games, but will play PSOne games. And games for PS3 are also region free. So that comes in handy if importing games. But some games also have region locked multi player, so watch out for that.

EDIT: Another point is that the next Final Fantasy game isnt a PS3 exclusive any longer.  Will be released for Xbox360 outside Japan only.  RPGs aren't really my type of game, just noticed you mentioned it.

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  #184311 15-Dec-2008 16:01
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bradleycampbell: EDIT: Another point is that the next Final Fantasy game isnt a PS3 exclusive any longer.? Will be released for Xbox360 outside Japan only.

The X360 version is only for the US market. Everyone else will be PS3.

My 2 cents on the comparison... do you want a small jet engine revving in the corner terrifying the cats, or something quieter? The X360 is pretty noisy (between the optical drive and cooling fans).




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  #184317 15-Dec-2008 16:21
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Xbox. Now all we need is a BD addon for the 360.

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  #184329 15-Dec-2008 16:48
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If your going to get a Xbox 360.. why not get the Elite ?? its got HDMI..

I have PS3 myself.. i love & hate it to bits...

But if i had my purchase to do again..

I would spend $3k on a High End Computer.. and be done with it..
Im to use to being able to do more stuff that consols limite you to..

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  #184334 15-Dec-2008 17:08
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They all have HDMI now ;)

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  #184340 15-Dec-2008 17:28
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I managed to score a 60gb Pro model for $349 at the Dick Smith sale in Lower Hutt the other week.  Even at the regular price of $449 I still would have bought an XBox 360 over the PS3.  Basically it came down to price as a large amount of the games released are for both consoles - sure there are exclusives but there is always an equivalent for the other console.  The only doubt I had for not buying an Xbox 360 was that it had no Singstar equivalent for my young daughter.  However my decision was finalised recently as Lips and Sing It have recently come out for the Xbox 360 so my daughter will be happy! :) I guess it comes down to how badly you want any of the exclusives.




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  #184341 15-Dec-2008 17:34
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Fossie: They all have HDMI now ;)


Really..
Cool good 2 know.
Thanks.. might try and talk my flatmate into buying one :) i wana play fable 2

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  #184345 15-Dec-2008 17:52
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The HDMI across all edition of Xbox360 is what made me review our gadget-hunt for 2009... I held out Xbox360 for 3 years of this reason. Now they all have HDMI, Xbox360 undoubtly has more games than PS3, and Final Fantasy may be coming out on Xbox360 (or may not).. and my gaming titles as mentioned are strategy or RPG and I'd rather play games in short burst than one long session (these days).

I'm leaning more on Xbox360 at the moment now... and PS3 is crying for attention (for BluRay). I really like to play some of the titles that are already on Windows Games for Live, like Red Alert 3 which I know my miserable PC isn't up to spec to play. Civilization Revolution is one that I'm very interested to play too.

I had a look at LBP for PS3 earlier at Noel Leeming, and it confirmed my fear... the game is lackluster... it doesn't seem all the compelling as it was made out to be, over hype... I can see that we'd get PS3 mainly for BluRay player... however we haven't got any title for BluRay and we haven't been on DVD/BluRay buying spree for a good while now...

I guess IF to get Xbox360 for all-round usage including DVD-upscaling and Divx/Xivd/MP4/M4V playing, I must make sure it can play all common CODECs... would the movies that I downloaded be playable without any conversion or any tricky workaround? I have seen many resorted to use TVersity with a PC... I would want to avoid that: so what you say?




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  #184346 15-Dec-2008 17:54
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Oh! I too still have Xbox original and some of the Xbox titles... I know some of these are backward compatible on Xbox360 and some not... But I'm ready to part my Xbox original for Xbox360 too.




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  #184348 15-Dec-2008 18:06
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I stream from my macs using Connect360. The xbox plays mosts formats but doesn't like the mkv container :/

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