Microsoft entered the gaming arena with the introduction of XBOX in 2001 and Xbox 360 followed later in 2005. In 2010 E3 Microsoft launched a major upgrade to Xbox 360 which will be discussed here. Xbox 360S is slimmer than the previous Xbox 360 model and features integrated 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, optical audio output, 5 USB 2.0 ports and a special AUX port. It comes with a 250 GB hard drive, and a 4GB RAM and a Kinect sensor.
Xbox 360 is a great DVD player, so you can hook up this to your Home Theater system to watch movies. You play MP3 music and go online using XBOX 360 where as you cannot surf the net using a browser unlike in PS3.
Xbox 360 gives different blades (media, Games, Xbox Live, and System etc) as shown below for navigation.
Before 2001 nearly everything that you played on your game console required a disc or cartridge. Times have changed now you can play most of the games online. Following picture shows Xbox Live blade and games Blade used in Xbox 360
All Xbox 360 games have online features, such as
- The ability for the game publisher to provide more content (such as additional game levels, equipment, and characters)
- Public scoreboards on both your own Xbox 360 console and on the Web so that you can compare your game scores with the scores of your friends and others
- Online play with other Xbox Live gamers (Xbox Live Gold membership required)
- You can download games, demos, trailers, and gamer pictures from the online Xbox 360 Marketplace.
- You can update your console by plugging into the Internet.
Kinect is a camera based motion controller which will make you as the controller. The setup is very easy with properly placing the Kinect near your TV and a little calibration for the voice control depending on the ambience noise. Kinect supports not alone your body movements you control the console using voice commands.
This is an application where you can socialize using your virtual substitutes called avatars. Xbox Live with Kinect technology makes Avatar Kinect possible and it is real entreating to use. You are the controller here; the avatar will follow your gestures, eye movements, etc. and mimic it exactly. With these features you can have a chat session or conferencing with your friends and even record the entire session. So you can hide your pretty face but still make others listen to you.
|Feature||PS3 Slim||XBOX 360S||Winner|
|Power consumption||100W approximately||135W approximately||PS3|
|Video quality||Excellent with 1080P video with deep color and SuperWhite support||Not comparable to PS3||PS3|
|Wi-Fi n built-in support||No, supports only g||yes||Xbox 360|
|Online Gaming||PSN Play Station Home Network is not very impressive||Xbox Live gives much better experience especially the Avatar Kinect is excellent||Xbox 360|
|Game Titles||PS3 has caught up with Xbox especially exclusive titles||Xbox lost the early edge, now it is even||Even|
|Graphics performance||PS3 is equipped with much better graphics capability but has only few titles to show the edge||Some of the XBOX exclusive titles have better graphics in Xbox compared to PS3||PS3|
|Motion Controller||PS3 Move||Kinect (better technology)||Xbox 360|
|Move/Kinect Bundle||More titles||Less number of titles and need more space to play||PS3|
|Looks||PS3 looks little dull compared XBOX||Looks more attractive||Xbox 360|
|Price||Rs 19900 (PS3+ Move bundle)||Rs 22900/- Xbox 360 with Kinect||Even|
From the above comparison it is clear that there is no clear winner, both consoles have their own strengths. So l thought the following table will make the decision easy for you which is purely based on my understanding of Xbox 360 and experience with PS3 Move.
|Criteria of selection||Recommendation|
|Hardcore gamer (Large living room/ Gaming Room)||Xbox 360 with Kinect|
|Hardcore gamer (living room with limited space)||PS3 with move|
|Online Gaming||Xbox 360|
|Looking for a Digital Hub + gaming (interested more of local content)||PS3|
|Looking for a Digital Hub + gaming (interested more on online content)||Xbox 360|
|Looking for a Blu-ray player with Gaming||PS3|