Playstation 3 vs. XBOX 360 – One Year Later

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Carl Nelson from HCW has put together a very nice comparison between the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in the run up to this holiday season.

What is interesting about this comparison is that there has been a ton of feedback from a games developer which gives Carl a unique perspective into the war.

While he raises many points the one I am going to quote here is about the graphical ability of the two consoles as I feel it is one of the most common misconceptions.

The Xenos GPU on the XBOX 360 is superior the RSX on the PS3

That’s a fact, it cannot be debated. HOWEVER PS3 fans can argue that the Cell processor has the ability, if yet untapped, to handle some of the graphical processing and can therefore provide better graphics in the long run.

If you would like to see some more factual and logical comparisons then take a jump through the link…

Playstation 3 vs. XBOX 360 – One Year Later | HCW Tech Blog

[Thanks to Doobiwan for the tip]

Last Updated: November 21, 2007

Gavin Mannion

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  • J4NR1K

    I like the points he makes.
    One year later…where is the PS3 equivalent GEARS OF WAR?

    I do think the PS3 will be hitting it’s sweet spot in another 12 months and probably be stellar by 2010, but by then the next xbox should be out or close to.

    And that leaves Sony with a system with a great, but complicated CPU, a dated GPU and severely stressed on the RAM front, to compete against whatever tech is brewing in the MS design vaults…

    Blu Ray will be make or break for them and if they recon (as they do) that is might be a drawn out stale mate…

  • Bob

    “One year later…where is the PS3 equivalent GEARS OF WAR?”

    If you mean graphically, it’s Uncharted. A bit of screen-tearing aside, it’s at least as pretty as Gears, and possibly more so. It’s got the best shadowing I’ve ever seen, for a start.

    Ratchet and Clank – running at 60 FPS at 1080p with oodles of stuff happening on the screen – also shows that the platform isn’t lacking any way when it comes to graphics.

    And despite the way that people like to beat on the underrated Heavenly Sword, it’s also a graphics powerhouse the equal of anything on the 360. Also, GT5: prologue leaves Forza 2 in the dust for looks (I believe PGR4 looks a bit better, but I haven’t seen it to compare).

    It’s funny, though, people keep saying that the PS3 is underpowered in the graphics department. As an owner of both an Xbox 360 and PS3, I think they’re both very capable systems that can deliver some good times. People who sit and nitpick about the difference are just trying to justify their purchases.

  • baba

    This is probably the best, most unbaissed and most true comparisson I’ve seen between the 360 and PS3 – EVER.

    I’m already looking forward to next year’s comparisson…

  • Milesh Bhana ZA

    can we please stop comparing the consoles hardware already.

    “The Xenos GPU on the XBOX 360 is superior the RSX on the PS3”

    this is old news, so is the fact that the graphics work is helped by the Cell on the PS3, which is faster than the Xenon (IF you’re a really good programmer). Making the two systems more-or-less equally capable.

    These articles were a dime a dozen last year. It’s getting boring.

    There are only 4 relevant issues now.
    1) Games
    2) Can PS3 catch up with it’s on-line offerings
    3) HD format war, and limitations of DVD-9 for game content
    4) GAMES!

  • doobiwan

    @Bob,

    The “Gears” issue is not the graphics it’s the gameplay. Yes it’s a beautiful game, but it also had revolutionary gameplay and quite importantly kicka$$ multiplayer.

    (In the mainstream at least, hat tip : Killswitch engage)

    Uncharted by comparison borrows it’s mechanic from Gears and also has no Multiplayer to speak of. I’m not dissing the game, it’s just not the “bolt of lightning” Gears was when it was released.

  • RivaZA

    They did not mention that you connect any USB gamepad that works on the PC to the PS3 and it will work. And that you can copy saved games to any old flash drive and but it on another PS3. No need for expensive memory cards.

  • Banzai

    “They did not mention that you connect any USB gamepad that works on the PC to the PS3 and it will work. And that you can copy saved games to any old flash drive and but it on another PS3. No need for expensive memory cards.”

    **

    WOW! What a selling point this is. I bet Sony were kicking themselves when they realised that they hadn’t made this one of the forefront selling features of this overpriced, confused, game-starved console. Things could have been so different if they had sold it on the merits of USB memorystick compatability and not the Blu-Ray.

    Why are Sony Fanboys so resilliant when it comes to admitting they have an inferior product on all counts.

    Death to Sony.

    Bring back Lik-Sang!

  • RivaZA

    Dude I am no sony fanboy, I don’t even have a PS3. I do have a 360 and think it is a better machine for playing games. It’s just when my buddy showed me how he could backup his saves so easily and connect any USB gamepad lets just say I was quite impressed. Especially after all my saves vanished when I did a Gamertag recovery because my tag became corrupt. I am talking 80% completion in forza2 type saves here!

    It actually made the machine more appealing to me, more so than Bluray(I’m rooting for HD-DVD). So for me that is quite a selling point.

  • Bob

    Death to Sony? Bring back Lik-Sang? Are you for real or are you trying to deliberately caricature the moronic Sony hater? Sheesh, seriously, play your own system and get a life.

    (The use of standard USB cards, by the way, reflects Sony’s consumer-friendly commitment to open standards – refreshing compared to the price-gouging on Microsoft’s proprietary peripherals).

  • WHEEZY

    I had a xbox 360 for awhile and love the feel of the controls made it super fun to play Halo 3 minus the replaceing of batteries. I just bought a PS3 and the only diffrence between the 2 i find is controls. Hardware aside if i can’t play the game smoothly its not really worth much. I find with the ps3 you get everything no need to buy extra crap like the HD-dvd drive and hard drive. That to me is just being cheap. But its par for the course for microsoft. I remeber on my xbox i had to buy a cheap little controller and rf sensor to play dvds that cost me about the price of a game. I thought that was pretty sad. but in the end like i said if i can play the game i want and its smooth then its worth more the fps and proessor speed and blah blah blah. i bought the PS3 for the blur-ray as well as gaming. it has potential just hope it catches up before the next generation comse out.

    Like i read earlier its Just someone tring to justify there purchase

  • Ricardo T

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