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Xbox 360 the better Media Center?

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I stumbled across an article this morning comparing which console is the better Media Center.

I have always stated that the PS3 is easily the better media center but the 360 has the better games at the moment. However that may not be true, from what looks like a pretty decent and in depth analysis…

Personally I am not the biggest fan of consoles doing much more than playing games but the media ability of the PS3 has always been one of the most powerful arguments for the PS3, if it loses that then the PS3 fanboys are really going to suffer….

Bring on the arguments 🙂

Bring It On! Science and Technology – Xbox 360 vs. Playstaion 3: Which Box Is The Better Media Center? Part 1 – Video

Last Updated: August 23, 2007


  1. feo

    August 23, 2007 at 07:27

    And let the flaming begin.. 🙂


  2. Ruslan

    August 23, 2007 at 07:33

    With Media Center running on your PC ( ie. Vista or XP ) its simply the best. The PS3 as a standalone is a great multimedia hub but the complexity of creating a PC linkup to it puzzles me.


  3. scotty777

    August 23, 2007 at 07:53

    Well…. ps3 vs xbox 360…(no pc’s or shit) the ps3 will win, it’s very easy to access media from flash drives, portable HHD’s etc…


  4. TheAlteredState

    August 23, 2007 at 08:11

    The XBox is a pathetic media center! I have Vista Ultimate hooked up with my 360…. ya, let’s see what I can stream…… my music? Oh no wait, it only does mp3’s so my m4a music doesn’t work! Okay, how about movies? No.. no.. wait, it only plays wmv’s so none of my movies play! But that all is of course beside the fact that Media Center bombs out (XBox and Vista) when ever I try play something anyway!

    At least you can put everything on the PS3, so if you go on holiday, it’s all with you! I’m not too fond of lugging my pc around so that I can stream!


  5. TheAlteredState

    August 23, 2007 at 08:27

    This is the first response to that article, which I fully agree with!

    “Also dont forget PS3 uses linux, so you can play all files like AVI direct from PC or from your PC hard drive with no probs at all.

    Sorry, icant agree with your findings. Ill take PS3 with linux (VLC, MPlayer) or Tversity anyday. Works perfect and no extra steps required as it shows the TVersity server on the XMB without doing anything”


  6. scotty777

    August 23, 2007 at 08:31

    lol… i love the fact that my ps3 plays mpeg, mainly because i encode all my video’s in mpeg(It the most supported video format)
    But i do complain about how long it takes to access my music off my portable HHD… I got 40gig’s of music, so it takes ages to access something at the bottom ie:queens of the stone age… I love playing there music off the surround sound.


  7. Abe

    August 23, 2007 at 08:37

    Yea, once you read all the comments you realise that the guy who wrote the article actually prefers the PS3, and after he got some help he was clearly happier to use the ps3 over the Xbox


  8. HungryHooligan

    August 23, 2007 at 08:39

    @ The AlteredState. Haha did you even read the artical? He mearly said the xbox is more user friendly, due to the support it has. Yes PS3 will probably be better with linux, but how many average okes use linux? So basically for the AVERAGE user the Xbox is a better choice for media streaming (for now anyway). O and its WMP that doesnt support MP4’s. But even using the third party media centers, the PS3 was more work. Dam you okes take things personal.


  9. TheAlteredState

    August 23, 2007 at 10:15


    I skimmed through it mostly, but I already knew that the XBox is for silly lazy Americans! 😛


  10. LazySAGamer

    August 23, 2007 at 10:35

    I agree with all your comments except your last one AlteredState… I don’t want my console to be hard work so I prefer the lazy option (hence the site name 😉 )


  11. Tan365

    August 23, 2007 at 11:02

    Alteredstate pretty much rapped it up. As soon as the update enabling streaming was released i found it simple setting it up with nero initially. Took abt 15mins to setup but hey i prefer backing my pics, vids,dvd’s, music etc on the hdd or hook up a 250gig external. Besides, blogging opinions are being taken 2 seriously, they pretty much r partial.


  12. Max0991

    August 23, 2007 at 12:20

    http://www.redkawa.com ‘s media center is great to stream media files from your computer to your PlayStation 3


  13. milez_away

    August 23, 2007 at 12:29

    As big an xbox fanboi that i am, i’m going to say that the PS3’s media centre is waaay better. The whole point is that it’s meant be a standalone player, so no PC should be necessary.

    Agreed about the lack of formats for movies/audio and the PS3 lets you copy stuff to your Hard Drive. There’s a 60GB drive in there, so there’s enough space for a nice selection of music and whatever other content you’ll download.

    (don’t know if this has changed in a firmware update), but where the 360 kicks the PS3s ass is the fact that you can run the music player during games. But that’s just software and if the PS3 doens’t already do it i’m sure it will soon.


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