XBOX 360 vs PS3 Price Comparison

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I am a proud owner of an XBOX 360. On the weekend I caved and bought myself the PS3 60GB version. This got me thinking, a lot of people say that the PS3 a lot more expensive than the XBOX. I did some simple calculations and I believe that the PS3 is actually cheaper than the XBOX. At the end of the day if you purchase a PS3 and then buy all the accessories to make the XBOX have the same features/ accessories as the PS3 the XBOX is more expensive.

Here is the comparison:


Console: R5,599 (What I paid, included 2 games, 2 controllers which I am not going to worry about for now)
Wireless Adapter: Included
Blu-Ray Player: Included
Total: R5,599

XBOX 360 Premium

Console: R 3,549 (Normal premium version)
Wireless Adapter: R800
HD-DVD Player: R1,707 (
Total: R6,056

I think the reason why people think that the XBOX is cheaper is that they have “smaller” versions of the console as well as make a lot of the features “extras” that you can buy separately making the initial outlay a lot less. In my mind the PS3 is a far better buy and with games becoming more available it does look appealing. I think only time will tell.

Last Updated: November 20, 2007

  • scrumpyjackson

    No Lazy!!! Stay way from the light! Stay away from the light!!

  • πŸ™‚

    That has been my logic all along…

    I am still trying to decide which console I want…

    Unfortunately I am trying to save money for my overseas holiday, so I am going to have to ration myself to only one of them.

    The Wii, since Mario Galaxy has become a definate option. Cons include it’s already aged hardware.

    The 360, quite cheap, releasing a constant stream of decent software. Cons include it’s hardware might get old since it has been out for 2 years.

    The PS3, getting cheaper, decent software will be coming out soon. Cons include it’s hardware could be sh!t (we don’t know enough about the cell processor)

  • Oh and don’t forget…

    Sony, you don’t pay for the playing your games online.
    360 you do.

  • Abev

    Congratulations Dude, You wont regret it. Ill see you online for some RFOM !! πŸ™‚

  • hilt_ctn

    I sense Warhawk in your future !

  • boredhousewife

    Perceived value can be very subjective – one could argue that the current xbox retail bundles represents R1000 of additional value in software and you could also argue that one has to factor in R1000 to the price of the PS3 that you will have to spend when Dualshock 3 eventually becomes available

  • LazySAGamer

    @Everyone, you did notice it wasn’t me who wrote this article?

    I would love a PS3 and the STD bank special is my target for now.. that or one of the comps πŸ™‚

    Personally I don’t agree with this cost analysis, I don’t want a HD-DVD or Blu-Ray player and my Xbox is wired to my router happily. So the 360 is way cheaper…

  • Boswald

    I will be on line with RFOM soon, have not had time to play it yet, silly work gets in the way πŸ™‚

    Put the Blu-Ray player to test and it rocks, can’t believe the difference, only problem now is I need to start replacing my 400 odd DVDs πŸ˜›

  • SlippyMadFrog

    I’ve been reading about this PS3 vs Xbox360 cost logic for a while now.
    The thing is that I payed R3600 for my Xbox360, you payed R5600 for your PS3. I dont want HD-DVD or WiFi, you HAVE to take it.
    People can spin it like they want, the fact is that I still payed R3600 while you payed R5600.

  • ManesanZA

    What the hell am I supposed to do with the HD-DVD drive?? HD formats havent even launched in this country. Of course if you are an enthusiast you could pay the import prices, 99% of the people and me think dvd is just fine.
    The point I am making is why do we have to factor in the HD-DVD price just because the PS3 is forced to use it?The gaming experience is exactly the same!

  • Milesh Bhana ZA

    well the PS3 is a good deal, but for a different reason than the cost comparision shown above.

    I know plenty of people who would like mp3 players (kinda useless without a PC), are addicted to facebook but are blocked at work (they surf on their phones etc).

    Now for about the same as your budget to midrange PC, you get
    – internet browser
    – DVD/Blue-Ray player
    – DivX and Mp3 player
    – Next gen game console.

    Remember, with media content you can copy stuff to the hard drive (unlike the 360 which restricts it). HD too small, just buy a standard laptop drive and swop out.

    If you think of your basic home user, they need a PC for e-mail, internet banking, and lately facebook. All you need is a usb keyboard and mouse and you’re done.

    Of course, to read text nicely you’ll still need a HD display, and it’s a real pity that the PS3 doesn’t support VGA displays, and HDMI monitors are hard to find (do they even exist?) Fortunately, 26″-32″ screens are dropping in price nicely.

    (…and my Mp3 player with Music library argument falls somewhat flat if said mp3 player is an iPod)

    Right now, as a GAMING console especially if you play on-line, the 360 wins hands down. But these other features are awesome, if you’re going to use it.

  • Fred

    As long as it is not a Wii .

  • Boswald

    I will do the Wii – XBOX – PS3 comparison later πŸ™‚

  • scotty777

    LAZY…. keerr keeesh…. COME OVER TO THE DARK SIDE(and that means the ps3 not the xbox elite) KEEERR KEEESSSSSHHHH

  • doobiwan

    Congrats Boswald,

    But as many have said before me, I don’t need WiFi or an HD player. So I’ll take the R2000 saving and spend it on games thanks.

    As milesh says – If I have an Extra R3k lying around, it’ll rather be going towards building a decent Media PC.

  • Boswald

    Thanks doobiwan.

    I am a huge movie fan and boast a DVD collection of about 400 dvds (yes, all originals)

    I was honestly more keen on the Blu-Ray to start which made the PS3 more appealing to me. But now that I have it, it rocks, gaming and movies πŸ™‚

  • Nomad

    HD-DVD’s are available at Look & Listen

  • ManesanZA

    Yes Nomad they are, at import prices though

  • Nomad

    I think the comparison should be made a little more clear, the headline should read “The Best of the Best Comparison”. Basically the top of the range PS3 and the top of the range Xbox 360.

  • bokka1

    Where can I buy a wireless adapter for R800.00?

  • Boswald

    I am selling mine πŸ™‚

  • doobiwan

    You don’t need to buy the 360 wireless adapter you can use any Wireless Ethernet Bridge, which can be had around R500.

  • Monkey

    i disagree, i simply plug in an ethernet cable and go onto live… and most south africans don’t even have hdtv’s therefore blu ray/HD DVD player is a complete waste. you gonna get the same GAMING experience on the 360 for about R1500 less. Don’t most people buy gaming consoles for games? you can save R1500 and get a system that has 75 80%+ games or you can spend the extra R1500 and get a system that has about 10 80%+ games, half of which are on the other console in any case…

  • SA Boy in UK

    Haha PS3 small number of lame games give me 360 everyday of the week !!!

  • hahahaha too bad ur xbox 360 will gewt the red ring of death before you can play those games

  • Andrew

    Had xbox 360 got red ring of death had to take it back what a mission got ps3 now will see if that brakes too xbox 360 go major problems just try to end your xbox 360 Subscription good luck

  • Topgamer

    Got ps3 and xbox 360……….my xbox 360 is older than ps3. Can ps3 work with firmware (chip)? NO NO NO!!!! Xbox beter graphics? Yip. Less PS3 games? No My vote PS3,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,NO!!!

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