Today the video game industry is dominated by three huge companies that seem to dominate the video gaming market completely, these companies are Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. the battles really goes way back, from a long time ago, when the available video games consoles were nothing but simple heavy boxes, with low graphics quality, but still they were the ones dominating the gaming market back then. But from the many video game companies that came out other than Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, the time that has passed has placed a lot of the weaker ones out of business leaving today the three biggest video game companies of all time which are Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, but the battle just never ends between Sony and Microsoft, both fighting for the spotlight and also to lead and dominate this industry. It seems like the battle just begun.
Sony has held the tittle of the best video game maker for many years consecutively, while comparing to Microsoft. a few years ago we had PlayStation 2 already out in a battle against Microsoft’s original console the Xbox. only a few would dare to mention that Xbox was better than PlayStation 2, but a few years later when Microsoft released the amazing Xbox 360 all eyes were amazed and Xbox 360 held the attention of the media and gamers for more than a year. Xbox 360 came out with all the power that a new generation console could handle, beautiful graphics and just a super fast processor, among many other great features..
As time passed by after the release of the Xbox 360 millions of people worldwide, both media and gamers were already expecting the arrival of the new PlayStation 3, many gamers already knew what were some of the features of the new machine but no one had had a first up close view of the console until it finally came out, been released in Japan on November 11, 2006 around 07:00am and reaching it’s release in the United States on November 17, 2006.
When Microsoft was faced with Sony’s latest video game console, their whole comparison chart was simply destroyed, PS3 came out with features that Xbox 360 couldn’t even come close, and some of these features were a beautiful top of the line built-in Blu-ray player, a fast Wifi built-in networking card and an amazing backwards compatibility. Sony had invested so much on their console that they were selling their units below cost price. Meaning the were losing hundreds of dollars on every sale But thankfully after this though time passed Sony was able to withstand the barriers created and have prosperity coming their way.
Just as the years passed so did the age of both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, allowing each company to deliver improvements and new features in their consoles. Xbox 360 was upgraded to the new Xbox 360 Slim, which includes many of the powerful features that PS3 carries, but it includes a faster built in Wifi card, way faster than PS3’s original wifi card. PlayStation’s latest model is also a Slim version, but includes basically the same features, but PS3 today is still considered more powerful and better than Xbox 360.
Microsoft might be launching the nextXbox within the next year and a half.
The software giant last night posted a job listing on its Web site seeking a marketing professional. In that posting — which now appears to be taken down — the company said that “over the next 18 months, Microsoft will release new versions of all of our most significant products including Windows (Client, Server, Phone and Azure), Office and Xbox, along with completely new offerings like Microsoft Surface.”
Rumors have been swirling for years that Microsoft would launch its next Xbox — sometimes called the Xbox 720 by the rumor mill — in 2013 or 2014. Microsoft’s posting doesn’t indicate which year it’ll launch the device — within 18 months from now can extend into the beginning of 2014, after all — but it does seem to acknowledge that the wait will soon be over.
That said, it’s entirely possible that consumers won’t need to wait until 2014 for the next Xbox. If Microsoft releases the next Xbox at the end of its given timespan, it would mean the device would launch in January or February — not exactly the best shopping season. Prior to next year’s holiday shopping season, however, might work a bit better.
Back in June, a leaked 56-page confidential Microsoft Powerpoint file surfaced on the Web purporting to show the software giant’s plans for the future of its console business. In that document, which was swiftly wiped from the Web by Microsoft’s lawyers, the company indicated that the next Xbox would launch around the 2013 holiday season for $299.
That leak followed a host of reports that have surfaced over the last several months indicating that Microsoft would launch the Xbox 720 next year.
Microsoft isn’t the only company thinking seriously about launching a new console. Nintendo is currently planning to launch its next console, theWii U, later this year. Sony is reportedly considering launching a new PlayStation later next year or in 2014.
So far, both Microsoft and Sony have stayed tight-lipped on their future console plans, and even with the job posting indicating a launch timeframe, all information surrounding those plans should be taken with the proverbial grain of salt.
“Microsoft is always looking for talented people to innovate now and in the future,” a company spokesperson said today in a statement. “We don’t have any further comment on this or any other job posting.”
Update 10:12 a.m. PTto include Microsoft’s statement.
Well for all you gamers out there this is an excellent news- Xbox 360, the all new gaming console has arrived It’s obviously a unique and brilliantly made gaming console, but it does have an unavoidable weakness- it easily breaks down.
Broken Xbox 360 generally leads to hardware failure. When the programming fault occurs involuntarily, gamers will see three red lights flashing around the on/off button instead of the normal green light shown there.
The three red lights flashing is the signal the machine provides to tell you that a general hardware problem has occurred and the machine cannot resolve the problem temporarily.
If you want to know what percentage of Xbox 360 gaming consoles are susceptible to the same problem, there’s no official figure from Microsoft to tell you this. however, the generally accepted number is 30-35%. this is an alarming number of breakdowns, considering the total number of Xbox consoles that are sold all over the world by Microsoft. the three red lights, like the flash of the signs of death itself, therefore, haunt many gamers over the world indeed.
For the majority of gamers naturally, the all important question is how to get over this problem and what exactly to do when the here red lights of death flash?
Unfortunately, there are no easy answers to this problem. You might try Microsoft’s website and submit a console repair request, but very few people end up satisfied this way. the service is too complicated, awkward and also quite costly. however, Microsoft will not tell you this very soon.
Now is your console under warranty period or not? if the answer is no, you have to spend about $140 for repairs, shipping excluded. Shipping will cost you round $25, plus the very disagreeable hazards of safely packing the product, along with the 6-8 weeks of patient waiting to get it back.
But even if the warranty has not yet expired, you will have to pay for the shipping charges, not forgetting the packing hazards and months of waiting.
Not until very recently, this was the only way you could resolve the problems of your very dear gaming console. however, to the rejoicing of gamers worldwide, the scenario has changed for the better. now there are many technicians willing to offer their services to mend the problem in their shops. You could come across even one such a center in our town itself.
The additional advantage in this system of repairs is that there is also the option of having it mended right from your home. You will not even have to take it for repairs to the shops
A group of technicians have made out a Xbox 360 repair manual through their cumulative efforts that help you fix the problem all by yourself at home Theses guides give you detailed, step by step instructions about how to resolve your problem. And they’ll cost you fractions of what they used to cost you earlier Additionally, for visual learners there are detailed and instructive videos to help you to resolve the problem on your own.
If you are a serious console gamer, then you are most likely to choose between these Goliath’s of the video game industry. For years, even before either of these were released, biter squabbles raged over which was better, or which had the best games. Today, several years after the release of both, people can’t help but discuss which they prefer. I know people that couldn’t decide between them, so their answer was to just buy both But for most people, that is a luxury that they can’t afford, bringing us neatly back to our age old squabble, which is better, Sony’s PS3 or Microsoft’s Xbox 360?
In the following article we will try to compare them in several different categories, whilst trying to remain unbiased. But ultimately only you know which you prefer, so which do you think?
So your stuck, you want to buy a games console but you’re stuck between buying a PS3 or a Xbox 360. Well let’s look at them under certain categories.
Money usually the main reason why people choose between the two. The price of both consoles has fluctuated over the years since each came out. though this has been made a bit more complicated by the fact that you can buy different versions of each, which contain a differing size of hard drives.
Currently here are the versions that you can buy for an approximate price at today’s prices;
160GB……196-230. ($318-374). (230-270)
320GB……240-270. ($390-440). (282-318)
4GB…….120-180. ($195-292). (141-212)
250GB…..160-190. ($260-310). (188-223)
Prices obviously vary from shop to shop, and currency to currency, and you can buy console bundles with certain games included for slightly more. my advice would be to shop around and find the best price/bundle for you
But what are you paying for?
This category is pretty important if your a gamer, and these two next generation consoles don’t disappoint. both offer amazing graphics, often leaving you awestruck at some of the fine detail that you can see in game. But which console has better graphics than the other? Well fanboys from each side will claim that theirs is the best performing. Sony has often been credited as having more superior graphical output, but that is unfortunately not true But before the 360 fans cheer, neither has the Xbox360. It’s pretty much a dead heat in this category. Games developers will testify that the XBox 360’s Xenos GPU has more computing power than the PS3’s RSX GPU, so therefore it should offer slightly better graphics, but the difference is hardly noticeable and is often affected by other factors. These include the TV that you are playing on and simply the quality of the game that you are playing.
Despite original misconceptions, both consoles tie in this category.
So apart from the obvious games that you can buy and play for the named console, what else can you do with it? Well let’s look at each console separately;
The PS3 offers backwards compatibility with both PSX and PS2 games, allowing gamers to play their old games. The PS3 supports Blu-Ray and DVD, which means that the console can double as a Blu-Ray player allowing you to watch films in full high-definition. you can also listen to your music by playing you’re CDs on it. Due to the massive amount of hard drive space available, music, films, photos, etc can all be uploaded and stored for later viewing. The PS3 is online and has an integrated browser, so as long as you have access to broadband connection, you can surf away on most websites on you’re tele. And if you own a PSP, it has an interconnectivity feature allowing you to download/upload between the two.
Xbox 360 Media
Well, maybe I should have written about this one first Additional media isn’t the 360’s strongest selling point. you can play old Xbox games on the new Xbox 360, but you have to save them to the internal hard drive, which means that you can’t just insert the disk and play, as it is not compatible. you can play your CDs on it. when the 360 was originally released, the whole Blu-Ray vs HD DVD was going on, and the 360 plumped for the later. it was a gamble that didn’t pay off for them since Blu-Ray won, therefore you can’t watch blu-ray films on your 360. But, is that really so much of a problem? you can still watch DVDs on it and the switch over from DVD to Blu-Ray is pretty slow, whilst a blu-Ray film is currently considerably more expensive. The 360 is online but doesn’t have an unbuilt browser. it does allow you to chat with your mates on MSN though.
In summary, the PS3 wins hands down in this category. yes, the PS3 is more expensive, but you get a lot more for your money. you could say that when you buy a PS3, you’re getting a free Blu-Ray player included. But then again, if you are just interested in playing games, then maybe the 360 is better for you
War on the Nintendo Wii
Well the Nintendo Wii was a huge hit that took both Sony and Microsoft a bit off guard. this year is the year of the fight back. The PS3 is launching it’s counter with it’s new move controller, whilst the Xbox 360 has released the Kinect. both offer different solutions and possible developments for unique games.
The move looks basically like a neon microphone that is tracked by the PlayStation Eye, calculating where it is and translating that movement into the game you are playing. this could be used as anything from a sword to a tennis racket. But if we are honest, it is basically just a trackable Wii controller.
The Kinect is an additional box that will sit on top of you’re tele and acts as a replacement to a conventional controller. it works by using a camera so the user can interact with the 360 by using gestures and sounds to play the game. Again if we are honest, this is basically a PlayStation Eye. Microsoft’s counter to the Wii is to copy the Eye a lot of people have had negative comments to the Kinect, mainly because of the restrictions that are put upon the user. The user can’t sit down, has to be in a well lit room with enough room to be stood at least 6ft from the screen.
So, the PS3s move offers a better alternative to the Wii. this will allow developers to create more Wii like games for the PS3. The Kinect allows the user to stand in their living room and flap around like a idiot, all for 100
No longer is online gaming solely just for PC gamers. both of these consoles offer online play for a variety of different games. Just add your friends to your friend list and you can chat and play against them. both consoles offer the very addictive achievement function, now that Sony followed in Microsoft’s footsteps, which allows you to unlock medals/badges by completing certain tasks in game. These achievements are recorded on your online profile and can be showed off to your friends.
The quality of playing online can be a talking point. The PS3 has a reputation for being a bit buggy online, whilst the Xbox 360 has had much better feedback on it’s online gaming.
Both Sony and Microsoft offer an online shop, accessible through the consoles interface, to allow games to be downloaded. this also includes other content, including films, game demos, tv shows, themes, wallpaper, photos, comics and much more. The PlayStation Network Store and the XBOX Live Arcade both offer a wide selection to their online content, with an increasing amount of indie games like Braid and PixelJunk. The XBLA tends to offer more classic games to download than the odd PS1 game that the PSN puts up, which is annoying if you like some of the classics of the 90s era. this does seem to be changing slowly, with Sony putting more up every month.
To summarise, the Xbox 360 wins this category. it less buggy online play and it’s better back catalogue of games on the XBLA puts it marginally ahead of the PS3.
The most important category of them all after all you are paying for a console to play games on, so what games are you going to play. More and more games are being produced to be played on both consoles, so the only way to analyse this category is to look at the console exclusive games.
PlayStation 3 Exclusives – 2011
– Little big Planet 2
– Killzone 3
– Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
– Resistance 3
– Infamous 2
– SOCOM 4
– Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One
– Yakuza 4
– Twisted Metal
– Sorcery (Move)
– PlayStation move Heroes (Move)
– Ape Escape
– MLB 11: The Show
– Ico/Shadow of Colossus Collection
– The Last Guardian
And rumored, such as:
Final Fantasy Versus XIII
Xbox 360 Exclusives – 2011
– Gears of War 3
– Forza Motorsports 4
– StarWars Kinect (Kinect Game)
– Rise of Nightmares (Kinect Game)
– Codename D (Kinect Game)
– Project Draco
– Steal Battalion: Heavy Armor (Kinect Game)
– The Secret World
– Perfect Dark
– Project Gotham Racing 5
– Mechwarrior 5
– Nuclear Dawn
You don’t need to be a veteran analyst to conceive from this list that decide PlayStation 3 is the clear winner out of the two. It’s a bit disappointing to see Microsoft opting for more Kinect based casual titles than giving something hardcore to the Xbox 360 community. As for PlayStation 3, it doesn’t get any better.
If this article had been written a couple of years ago, the Xbox 360 would have won. But the PS3 looks set to be king of 2011. it is more expensive, but you get a lot more for you’re money and the upcoming game releases for this year are so much better. you won’t be disappointed with the 360 as it’s a great console, but the PS3 has matured and gotten better.