Wii, Xbox 360, or PS3?
Writing about web page https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=pHtXzcM6CuvXRcuCZJ0pcMA
Which of the three current home consoles do you own, and which is your favourite?
So please fill in the form, and enjoy the graph (which is slightly prettier this time since it has multiple colours):
UPDATE: I've just done a couple of graphs comparing the preferences.
The first one is the number of people who said they prefer a particular console, given as a percentage of the total number of responses. These three figures will, of course, add up to 100%, and so can accurately be represented as a pie chart (that's one reason I wanted to add them: I hadn't had a pie chart yet...):
This second one shows what consoles people prefer against what console they own:
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Looking at the responses so far (16):
07 May 2008, 03:40
I own the X-Box 360 and prefer the PS3. Quite substantially prefer it actually.
07 May 2008, 20:32
That’s just being awkward…
07 May 2008, 23:06
I actually wrote a big blog post about this 1 June 2007 but never published it. Reading from that the basic points were:
Graphics – X-Box 360 was generally better at that point in time.
Online Play – Free for the PS3. None of the X-Box live rubbish. Limited selection of downloads (that has since greatly expanded and shows much more promise). Was greatly disappointed with what else was on offer with X-Box live, especially in comparison with the US.
Plug & Play + Peripherals – The PS3 back when I bought it came with a decent sized hard-drive. Expansion was immensely easy and cheap (purchase and install a lappy HD), especially compared to the very pricey X-Box 360 expansions. Good number of USB ports, well-positioned. Card Reader which was very useful in transferring photos and now (thankfully!) AVIs etc. Wireless pads worked a dream though I’ve never been a fan of the design. Standard USB cable at last, which means that I can just pick up any of my cables to recharge the control pad. I’ve gone through several X-Box 360 (which isn’t quite as cheap/easy to recharge). Primary problem for me has been the thumb sticks either wearing down at the ball (and becoming stiff – no pun intended), or the rubber on the thumb stick rubbing off. Nasty.
HD-Playback – To get the full on HD-Content on the PS3, an HDMI cable (about £20) and bam, I’m loving it. For HD-DVDs, you had to buy the external drive which requires an external power source, occupies one of the USB slots and for a format which has since been rendered obsolete. And even if you had that, to enjoy 1080p you’d have to buy an X-Box elite which wasn’t out at the time I bought my X-Box. Blu-Ray is now going to be the industry standard and the PS3 is already one of the cheaper standalone (ie non-PC) players as well as one of the best.
Games – I don’t have the same time I used to, so I like to play the better titles and forget about the fluff (generic racing/sports/beat-em-ups). Some very decent games on both formats with especially good promise for the PS3 in the near future.
So overall? For me the PS3 which has worked out cheaper, sturdier, worry-free (I don’t have to worry about the red circle of death), has decent games and is much better all-round. The final comment I made in my aborted blog post was:
Oh and the X-box 360 interface looks absolutely terrible, I can install an alternate OS on my PS3 and my PS3 isn’t nearly as bloody loud.
09 May 2008, 04:54
Bearing in mind that I only want it for GTA IV:
Graphics – I’ve seen a comparison between the two (playing GTA IV) and there was little difference. 360 may have had slightly more detail.
Online Play – Yeah, Microsoft have screwed that up. I’d go so far as to call the decision literally evil: free downloads, paid multiplayer. That’s backwards... if you even have to charge in the first place, which you don’t
Plug & Play + Peripherals – I’m not bothered about massive storage or videos (I’d just turn around and use the computer). The only issue would be charging the controller; I’ve heard several times that the PS3’s USB charging is infinitely better than however the 360 does it; however I really don’t like Playstation controllers and the 360’s seems decent enough
HD-Playback – I only have a normal TV and that isn’t likely to change any time soon…
Games – I only want it for one game (that may make me crazy, but a fool and his money are soon parted…). I’ve survived until now without either console, so I should hopefully be able to cope with missing out on any future games I would want that aren’t on the 360.
Microsoft – I really do hate them… but GTA IV looks really good…
Price – The PS3 may give you more for your money, but it also requires more money; I can cope with a trickle, but a flood is a bit much. The cheapest PS3 I can see after a quick search on Amazon is £95 more than the cheapest 360; it’s about 150% of the cost of the 360. That makes the initial cost a pretty important factor…
09 May 2008, 05:17
If you literally only want it for GTA IV, then probably yeah, the X-Box. If you want something that’ll continue to serve well all-round afterwards, definitely the PS3.
Just to clarify the battery point: The PS3 remote control comes with a built-in lightweight rechargeable battery that you recharge simply by plugging into the USB slot with a standard USB cable. The X-Box 360 requires extra batteries for the pad, so you have to (have forked out or) fork out for a rechargable set + charger/dock which, depending on what you buy can end up costing you £5-£20 extra.
09 May 2008, 23:02
That’s alright; I already have loads of rechargeable batteries.
10 May 2008, 00:01
Not a valid statement anymore; I bought a second Xbox (an arcade) for my room and it had the HDMI port and 1080p. From what I can tell for the past 6 months or so all Xboxes have had a HDMI port and can therefore output 1080p. (Though I’ll confirm when my new TV arrives on Monday…)
10 May 2008, 01:00
PS3 for me, I couldn’t handle living without GT5 or MGS4, although not yet played a Wii.
So looking forward to playing GTA4 when I go back home though.
10 May 2008, 01:06
I can’t think of a single game the PS3 is worth buying for, compared to the Xbox360’s Geometry Wars, superior versions of Orange Box, Call of Duty 4 and Virtua Fighter 5, not to mention Ikaruga and Rez.
And even when MGS4 comes out it had better be streamlined and slick or I won’t be buying a PS3 for it. I felt quite let down by MGS3. Even MGS2, actually. So padded.
Why are publishers/developers afraid of releasing games that have a similar length to films, or a couple of films? Call of Duty 4 was in no way hindered by only being a few hours long IMO.
MGS1 was amazing, but MGS has become just another ridiculous franchise of selling to rabid-and-easily-manipulated-fans, and nothing in any of the MGS4 trailers has convinced me otherwise. I do love MGS, but I will believe the brilliance of MGS4 when I see it.
Then again…Little Big Planet! I definitely want a PS3 for that.
10 May 2008, 01:37
Because then they face criticism about the game being a waste of money or too easy. It’s a difficult balance to strike. Luckily there are plenty of games that are doable in about 6-8 hours and those that take many tens of hours. Depends what you want as a gamer.
The same can be said about the X-Box. What you’re saying is the same old Greystation vs Craptendo (or whatever the kids liked to call it) nonsense. There are plenty of decent enough games on both systems. Someone will say Heavenly Sword was worth the price of the PS3 (and which nicely caters to your games as long as/like movies taste) and then someone else will come along and say Dead Rising was awesome! X-Box 360 paid off! Then the PS3 fan will rightly say that VF5 was crap and can’t understand why someone would pay good money just for VF5 and if you want the orange box/CoD4, go get a half-decent PC. Blah blah blah. Both formats have some decent games.
I didn’t know that it’d been updated. Makes it slightly better. Still a bitch that you’ll have to fork out substantially for an external drive if you want HD Movie content (and then for an obsolete format). Have they announced a BR Drive for the 360 yet?
10 May 2008, 23:08
I’ve just changed the third graph, partly because I realised the maths was incorrect and partly because it didn’t add much to the analysis. The new chart is much more useful (it’s the one with the three bars that are each three colours). Unsurprisingly, since not everyone owns all three consoles, people tend to prefer the console that they own.
It’s also quite easy to see from the new chart that if a 360/PS3 owner doesn’t prefer the 360/PS3, then they tend to prefer the PS3/360 rather than the Wii. However, at the time of writing, there doesn’t appear to be a clear winner out of the 360/PS3 for Wii owners that don’t prefer the Wii.
13 May 2008, 16:53
There’s a thing about the Wii: I love the Wii console… I’m more than slightly miffed that you have to buy a second Wiimote and two Wii-specific retro control-pads in order to play the Wii Console games. I have loads of old control pads for the N64/NES/SNES/GC tucked away that I would love to put to use if some multiadaptor was available. Annoys me greatly because it is potentially one of the Wii’s greater features if it wasn’t so damned expensive >_<.
13 May 2008, 20:08
Xbox 360 Dan
Good article, I think the current problem with the PS3 is a lack of good exclusive titles, any mutli-platform games tend to be exactly the same on teh 360 and PS3 or in some cases worse on the PS3. We’ll have to see what 2008/2009 beings in terms of exlcusives!
24 Jul 2008, 14:46
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