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Topic # 59421 5-Apr-2010 21:51
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Been looking at getting a PS3 for the past year or so..... but now Ive started looking at the Xbox 360 Elite due to its pricing being a lot lower...... ($449@ Bond and Bond with 4 games etc)

On the gaming side of things, Im hanging out for one game at the moment thats going to be console only for now, red Dead Redemption, otherwise Im not too worried about games only appearing on PS3 only or Xbox only as I have 2 kids taking up time anyway :)

On the movie entertainment side, Im happy with DVDs and AVIs etc - hi def dosent interest me so much at the moment until we decide to upgrade the current HT gear (TV is HD Ready) but wont be for a while.

So what would I be better off looking at........ save a few bucks and get an Xbox or spend the extra $$$ for the PS3 which only really gives me one major advantage which is the Bluray.....




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  Reply # 315138 5-Apr-2010 22:12
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as I like to put it when I get asked which one to buy I ask the person:

What do you mainly want to use it for...

1 Media Center (Watching Blue Ray movies etc) With playing games as a Side.

2 Gaming (Playing Shooting Games Etc), With Media as a secondary feature.


If you pick 1 Go with a PS3, If you Think you would be more inclined to 2, Get a Xbox 360.

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  Reply # 315190 6-Apr-2010 08:06
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Primarily 1..... but not Blu Rays...altho if I did get the PS3 then I would potentially start buying blu rays (cheap ones ;) ).




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  Reply # 315197 6-Apr-2010 08:24
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I have both, and find their media capabilities fairly similar (apart from bluray)  I have my 360 hardwired, and my PS3 wireless.  This has lead me to dump all my videos to a portable harddrive which I leave connected to the PS3 to play media, as the wireless can get quite laggy.

The main difference I have noticed is the range of games.  The xbox 360 has a lot more titles for kids, whereas the ps3 seems more focussed for adults.

On a side note, I just had to buy a new cabinet on the weeked to fit all our consoles.  Now got a ps2, ps3, xbox, xbox360, and a wii :/  I think my kids are too spoilt




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  Reply # 315220 6-Apr-2010 09:00
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I think its hard to go past a PS3 to be honest, its a very complete system (and if you don't yet have a digital TV decoder then PlayTV makes it an even more complete package).

If you already have a PSP then the PS3 becomes even more compelling.




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  Reply # 315226 6-Apr-2010 09:06
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NZTechfreak: Got a freeview DVBS box at the moment...... PS3 with PlayTV would be nice :)

Balchy: Yeah, Im slowing down on gaming myself but the kids will love it...




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  Reply # 315229 6-Apr-2010 09:15
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Oooh, gotta weigh in on this one... Honestly, both are great systems and as has been mentioned their strengths need to be contrasted against your needs.  Me personally, I have a 360 for its multimedia capabilities out of the box and great range of games. A question to ask is what console do you and your kid's friends have? - particularly if you want to do on-line gaming as its more fun with those you know.   Another less important factor (of which its worth to debate at this point) is the upcoming Project Natal 'controller' for the 360 later this year.  Maybe a complete flop, maybe totally revolutionary, check some info on that too (xbox.com/nz).  Whatever you end up with, enjoy!

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  Reply # 315251 6-Apr-2010 10:35
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Get what your friends have got. The cost of games is prohibitive so the more you can borrow or share then the cheaper the overall cost. It is also easier to organise game parties.

My kids have access to almost a hundred games they can borrow for free from friends who can't play them all the time themselves. For example, they've currently borrowed COD: Modern Warfare 2, Assassins Creed 2.




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  Reply # 315259 6-Apr-2010 11:08
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In the long run, PS3 is quite a bit cheaper, especially if you're considering Xbox Live. As for games, PS3 and Xbox 360 are on par, both have great exclusives. WiFi adapters are still extremely over-priced for the 360, at $140, while the PS3 has built-in WiFi, also play and charge kits for each controller ($35), so you don't have to run them with regular AA batteries.

I saw an Xbox 360 elite, Forza 3, Halo 3: ODST, Pure and Batman Lego for $399 which is definitely a great deal, while it's still about $550 for a PS3 and one game. Is it worth paying an extra $150 for Blu Ray?

Both consoles are great, whichever one you get, you won't be disappointed.

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  Reply # 315263 6-Apr-2010 11:20
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Well the kids are still very young (3 months and 2.5yrs :) ) so they dont have friends with consoles ;)
I only have one friend who has a PS3 and he lives miles away and only catch up with him rarely so swapping games with him isnt really viable either...

Wifi network dosent bother me as the Xbox I have (original, not 360) is right next to a network cable I ran under the house.

Choices choices....




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  Reply # 315314 6-Apr-2010 13:44
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JMatt94 touched on a good point and that is, as I understand it, the PS3 onlive environment currently has no cost for on-line gaming - however this is speculated to change in the near future.  Tthe popular opinion is that the LIVE environement for the 360 is significantly better than Sony's but again I understand they're beginning to close the gap.  My experience with the 360 on LIVE is that for $70 per year (everything else you can do for 'free' on a Silver membership - d/l demos etc) it's great value for money.  MS have that experience and edge at creating online interfaces and LIVE generally works well.  Let us know what you go for in the end!


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  Reply # 315362 6-Apr-2010 15:34
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I have a PS3, but have used an Xbox360 at a friends, and both have their points. The media streaming is a little easier (assuming a Windows environment) on the XBox, but the PS3 still works pretty well. The previous poster mentioned that Xbox Live is paid for and PS3 online gaming is not and that situation is changing. As far as I know multiplayer gaming will continue to be be free on the PS3, but a "premium" subscription service is going to be introduced which will allow early access to game demos, extra content for Playstation Home, that sort of thing.

Playstation Home is another free thing that the PS3 has, but it's not the awesome virtual world they originally sold it as; in fact it's pretty rubbish and achieves nothing that voice/video chat doesn't already.

Blu-Ray playing is nice, especially as I use Fatso who have an increasingly large selection of Blu-Rays, and the far smaller chance of the console overheating and bricking itself should really be mentioned.

Overall it's your decision, but I've been very happy overall with the PS3 and have considered it one of my better buys. Oh.. and Uncharted 2 is one of the best games I've played, and that's PS3 only. :) 

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  Reply # 315426 6-Apr-2010 18:04
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There's Heaps of great games for under $30 on PS3 store, plus don't need to put disk in to play, just download game. Plus there's a range of games on special that's been changed about every two weeks at moment with up to 50% off normal price. Never had XBox so don't know what online prices like for it. Also move coming out near end of year, like the wii but camera sees what movements you make.

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  Reply # 315430 6-Apr-2010 18:19
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rugrat: There's Heaps of great games for under $30 on PS3 store, plus don't need to put disk in to play, just download game. Plus there's a range of games on special that's been changed about every two weeks at moment with up to 50% off normal price. Never had XBox so don't know what online prices like for it. Also move coming out near end of year, like the wii but camera sees what movements you make.


LIVE is the same with lots of good games available for download for between $15-$30, good to hear PS3 store offers the same (never been on it myself).  The Wave sounds interesting but initial industry opinon has not been flattering, that is where it will be interesting to see if Project Natal can....

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  Reply # 315443 6-Apr-2010 18:32
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I have both (and a Wii), and would rate the PS3 better.  The Xbox360 gets very little attention, though mainly because it can't play bluray which is a HUGE thing for me (not too much time to play on a console anymore!)  Thats not to say the Xbox360 is bad, it certainly isnt.  But the PS3 is just the one I instinctively reach for...

And have you actually seen a Bluray running at full 1080p?  A friend of mine was choosing between a Wii and 360, but when he saw Dark Knight in Bluray on my TV he went PS3.  They are that good IMHO.

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I would go for the Xbox 360 for a number of reasons -

1. The microsoft media center. You can easily play avi's and mpegs on your tv via your network. The PC will pick up the xbox and vice versa.
2. You can't beat Xbox Live. Ok you pay for xbox live but it completely destroys Sony's free version. I'm in the UK and you can even watch Sky TV via your xbox now.
3. The controllers for xbox are much better for gaming. The PS has barely evolved and the controllers feel the same as years ago. I find I can control a game easier with an Xbox.
4. Loads more games for it.

Seriously couldn't stress enough, Xbox 360 is the way to go. Especially with Project Navan coming out.




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