Hardly a bargain
You can pick a 4gig Xbox 360 up for around the £100 mark. If you don't do installs, that's just about adequate.
Sony today cut the cost of the PlayStation 3, saving precious gaming pennies in the build up to the Chrimble season. Announced at the annual Gamescom event in Germany, the cuts bring the PS3 into line with its Microsoft counterpart. The UK price reduction, of roughly 17 per cent brings the 160GB PS3 to £200. The 320GB version …
Well, that makes that XBox overpriced junk then! For an extra £100 you get a reliable 3D capable Blu-ray player/games machine and a hard drive to download games onto. If you don't like the size of the hard drive then you can easily upgrade (do that on the XBox! Lol).
There is a reason the XBox is priced from about £100 - it is crap!
Maybe they get another 2 years out of it before releasing PS4, and then maintain sales for 3 more years to catch the crowd that want a fairly posh console but don't want to blow the bank on the state-of-the-art device?
They sold PSOnes for a while after the PS2 was launched, and I'm certain PS2s were available for a long time after PS3. Makes perfect sense.
So what's with the slower pace of change? In the 80s Atari released about three consoles in 9 years, 2600 (VCS), 5200 and 7800.
I thought Moore's law was still true, so you would imagine the hardware is still improving. I guess it is the software holding things back? Writing a game is such a big project now that it takes a long time to get people up to speed with a new console.
I would imagine this is why a lot of innovation (in terms of new characters and games) is happening on mobile device.
The magic number reached, £200 for a blue ray spinner with all the added "PS3" stuff I think is a bargain now. Been waiting for the price to get down to justify the final part of the 360/Wii/PS3 trinity.
Now did I read somewhere I can use a 360 pad on the PS3, as my crippled fingers will not adapt to another controller design.....
But is there a compelling reason to buy this device over, say, a kissBox360? Other than, of course, the opportunity to provide reams of personal data to strangers?
Genuine question btw.. as I would like a console once again.. but I don't know which one to buy..
If you want to go online and play with lots of friends, go for an XBOX360 as XBOX live is much better than Sony's offering.
If not, follow the advice given and get a PS3 - it's also a BluRay player and may run cooler and quieter than an XBOX360 (which is, after all, mostly a compact PC with graphics card).
Comes down simply to games.
How do you like your FPS space marines? Killzone or Halo?
What sort of TPS shooter do you like? Uncharted, SOCOM, MAG or Gears of War?
What sort of racer? GT5, Motorstorm, Modnation Racers or Forza?
Creative games? Little Big Planet or (sorry no idea)?
If this was the US price INCLUDING sales taxes, it might be a bit poor, but I thought they usually didn't add them on to the RRP on press releases due to each state having different amounts of sales tax (I could be wrong though).
Then once we factor in that it's probably a lot lower to buy in the EU, but the price creeps back up when we add import taxes and other duties.
Seems roughly fair to me.
XBox360 S 250Gb RRP ~£200
Sony PS3 160Gb RRP ~£200
I'd say that was more or less in line, you're swapping 90Gb in storage for a DVD->BluRay drive upgrade.
You'll probably get better bundles or deeper discounts on the XBox on the interwebs, but I'd expect that anyway from console that's a year older (and probably a year closer to refresh).
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