A lot of people knew me as a gamer and by now most of the people will know with all my thanks to social sites like Facebook and Twitter. Whenever I hang out with people, I get some usual questions and enquiries from someone who seek professional consulting. I just hope by posting this in the blog I’d probably save them time to explain.
A few years back two giant companies launched their next-gen consoles to the world and made a revolutionary breakthrough in certain aspects of its own. so here are those common questions to be answered to you all:
Q01: “I’m going to buy a console. What do you think is better, Xbox 360 or PS3?”
A01: It depends on how you use them and what you expect from the console that you use. Both of them are good in different ways so it’s really up to you.
Q02: “What are the features of PS3?”
A02: Let me break it down to you step by step, it’s a Blue Ray player, which is the next media player after long run of “DVD” disc formats, but since you are in KSA you’ll expect that they will only play PAL versions but will not play NTSC Blue Ray media discs what so ever. Now on the games, well they don’t actually have as much games as xbox 360 has but most of their games do look good on your 32” HDTV and a full 1080p. It also has an online network site called PSN (Playstation Network) where you can buy stuffs online for your console like PSN games, your games add-ons, videos, game demos before you buy them in full retail, old school PSOne games (yes there is Final Fantasy 7), facebooking and many more. Some games also have online games where you can play with friends (but basically laggy compare to xbox 360s online interface) but products on PSN dose not come for free so you have to purchase PSN points either via credit card or buy them at retail shops then you can buy stuff at Playstation store at PSN. So PSN comes with the package of console and the best part is creating a username is FREE.
Q03: “I heard that PS3 and Xbox 360 has some exclusive game titles why is that so?”
A03: Actually its more on the marketing talk show than any other possible reasons to explain. But its not bad because its all business between Sony/Microsoft and other 3rd party companies who are trying to sell their products to the world. This basically what makes them special on the long run. Now its up to the consumers weather if they want to play Mass Effect saga, Gears of War saga, Halo saga etc. or follow Uncharted, Resistance, Killzone, God of War etc.
Q04: “What are the features of Xbox 360?”
A04: just like PS3s PSN, it has Xbox Live and to note that they came before PSN since the first xbox console. Xbox live is basically where half of its juicy features are at. First of all Xbox live account is not free and buying stuffs requires MS (Microsoft) Points. Buying stuffs includes your current game add-ons, movies, music videos, demos, game and movie trailers, Xbox Live Arcade Games that includes new titles and remake old school titles like Galaga, Pacman, Dig Dug and many many more. it also has facebook, twitter, Zune for music and Netflix for movies. Online games has its strength and less laggy than PS3. More hardcore games were presented due to overpriced PS3 from few years ago. It also has a 1080p option if you have 32” + HDTV this baby is a kicker just like its opponent. What made it special is the Xbox live world and its satisfying online gameplay, many companies went to the MS’s when they needed to market their goods with either a full retail ones or a DL games (not to mention their old school games and classical xbox titles).
Q05: “You said that you can play with your friends a while ago, how dose that work?”
A05: Both consoles has this and woks pretty similar. You can add friends who you know who has the console or add new friends in your list and play with them whenever they’re online. Voice chatting, typing text is available too and keeps yourself up to date by updating your profile automatically whenever you play, unlock and gain points. That way the people will know what you play and how big you play depending on how much points you currently have. The more points you have, the more people will think you’re a bad-ass gamer on that category. “Reputation” that’s the word.
Q06: “Both consoles sells in different prices, how that is possible?”
A06: Yes, well they sell for a fact on their storage capacity and the rest are minor features. Lets say PS3 has from 40, 80, 160 and 250 gig hard drive, also there are 2 different PS3 console in the market where you can find the 1st big and heavy edition and the new light and slightly small version PS3 Slim. Depending on your taste in storage or style and they come in different prices. Some console has simple add-ons like free selected games and additional hardware like additional USB slots. Xbox 360 has 3 different consoles as well and they are “Arcade” with no HD installed with the budgeted price, “Pro” has 60 gig hard drive and “Elite” where it has 160 gig and some additional slots and features (call it the full option baby) with different prices too.
Q07: “Do you think they can play on “modded”/”copied” games?”
A07: PS3 dose not work on modded games and some hidden organizations are still trying to figure out how but Sony made a good job on updating their firmware and keep itself up to date away from the hackers hands. Xbox 360 on the other hand is already been modded since its time of release but the kicker is once you mod your Xbox 360, you’ll miss the most important factor and its Xbox Live. Like PS3, MS has its way on security and putting users on the black list. Personally playing a modded Xbox 360 game is no different by playing a modded PS2 (back in the days when I used to have modded PS2). However, when I went legit, I felt more secure and satisfied.
Q08: “Now that we heard the good stuffs, what are the disadvantages of each console?”
A08: Let’s start of the Xbox 360, creating an account on Xbox Live cost a money. Regional problems in games PAL/NTSC/NTSCJ are a pain that restricts some games on working on your console. The Red Ring Of Death (RROD) but dose not applied on latest releases anymore. On PS3, Laggy online play, limited old school games, fewer game releases (but its catching up this year… I hope), game regions aren’t really the an issue here but on movie regions it’s a pain (there goes my Dark Knight blue-ray NTSC, I can’t play it on my PAL PS3 “double sigh”!!). For both, some retail games are a little heavy on the pocket for some people which will ask yourself a lot of time weather to buy it or not.
Both console are great and next-gen and has its own features and disadvantages. Its up to the user on which they would like to choose over the other. Like falling in love, you don’t choose it because of their features but more on their worst. Ready to accept on what they are and what they can only give. But I on the other has both!
Cheers people and happy gaming for further comments and questions please do let me know.