Bloggings by Mike
by, 09-28-2007 at 12:41 AM (359 Views)
Today is the day ... the final part of Decisions, Decisions ... why the games and the community matter. Without further ado ...
Day 3: Upgrading With Ease, The Online Community, and Games plus the winner is revealed!
Ease of Upgrade Process - Looking at the processes needed to upgrade the hard drive space for each console, the Playstation 3 and the XBox 360 are the same ... yet different. Now to be fair for the sake of comparison ... I will point out that both the XBox 360 Pro and the limited edition Halo 3 XBox 360 do come with a 20gb HDD out of the box, where as the XBox 360 Elite comes with a 120gb HDD out of the box. Let's also make the following note ... the 120gb Hard Disk Drive that comes with the XBox 360 Elite is also the highest capacity drive that Microsoft allows to be used with the XBox 360 systems, and currently has no further plans to introduce any larger drives. If I were to upgrade to a 120gb drive in the future, it would be very simple to transfer the content from the 20gb drive to the 120gb drive. However, with these drives Microsoft went with a proprietary cable with a single USB connector, presumably to keep with the somewhat closed-ended nature of the XBox Live service. The Playstation 3 however uses a industry standard known as Serial ATA, or just simply SATA. The Playstation uses 2.5" Serial ATA drives (most commonly found in most modern laptops) and can accept drives up to 250gb (which is pretty much twice the space of the XBox 360's largest Hard Drive, even after being formatted!)
XBox 360 - The 120gb Hard Disk Drive retails for $179.99 from Microsoft directly, but as of this posting, there are online retailers that are selling the drive for as low as $159.99.
Playstation 3 - The systems come with 60gb and 80gb SATA drives respectively, but for the price of the XBox 360 120gb HDD, you can buy a 250gb SATA drive from Newegg or Zipzoomfly and have the drive delivered to your house. Also note you need a external drive that's formatted FAT32 (which is pre-Windows XP) to backup your saved data.
Winner: Playstation 3
Games - Here within lies the meat of the argument ... there are so many good exclusive franchises on both systems it's not even funny. The XBox 360 has franchises such as the Halo franchise and Mass Effect, which is a new franchise being developed by Bioware. The Playstation 3 has long-standing franchises such as the Metal Gear Solid franchise, the Tekken series of games, and the Ratchet and Clank series of games, and not to mention the role-playing game juggernaut that is the Final Fantasy series. Also, I am placing a hedge bet on backwards compatability. Any XBox 360 owner will more than likely have a list of 3-12 games that they want backwards compatable and I was no different, with a lot of the old SNK and Capcom fighting games being made available for XBox, I wanted to play them on my 360 ... but I never got the chance to. Out of the 15+ fighting games I had at one time ... I would only be able to play 3 on a XBox 360 (Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Guilty Gear XX #R, and Street Fighter Anniversary Collection), where as with the Playstation 3, I can play all of the fighting games released here in the US for the Playstation and Playstation 2 on my Playstation 3 with zero problems.
XBox 360 - Limited Backwards Compatability, A few interesting franchises (Halo, Dead Or Alive, Eternal Sonata)
Playstation 3 - Full Backwards Compatability, more franchises that I want to play (Heavenly Sword primarily amongst others, Ratchet and Clank, Gran Turismo).
Winner - Playstation 3
Community - This is gonna be quite interesting, as I'm gonna take two podcasts and match them head to head. As everyone here is well-aware, the voice of XBox Live is without a doubt Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb. He has a weekly podcast that is released on Sundays that goes into a great bit of detail about the Live service ... what's being made available that week for download, game releases, and is a great interviewer. Now that I have gotten the good out of the way, the bad news is that he is actually a Microsoft employee and 9 times out of 10 will tow the company line on the console and games. A good example of this was when Need for Speed Carbon was released for the 360, and with it came various microtransactions for that along with The Godfather game that had been recently released. Hryb had a interview with the person responsible for these transactions at the game's publisher, Electronic Arts. Needless to say, said interviewee was specifically asked about these transactions and basically gave his companies line and spun the hell out of it. In comparison to the Major Nelson podcast, there's the Playstation Nation Podcast. Hosted by Glen "Torgo" Percival and Jarrod "BadBad_LeroyBrown" Johnston, these two give absolutely unbiased reviews of current Playstation 3 releases, Bluray movies, and PSN store purchases. These two are destined for greatness with this podcast.
Winner - Playstation 3
My Final Thought: Writing this three-part entry has made me understand the process of choosing a current-gen console.
I also earlier in the evening had said that I had ordered a game for my system. The game I ordered was Heavenly Sword ... I did not pay full retail price, but I did get a new copy of the game for $45.96 shipped.
The Winner: Playstation 3!