Xbox vs. PlayStation
Anyone who plays PlayStation or Xbox probably has a friend who plays the other system. That friend probably constantly tries to convince you to buy their system and gives endless reasons on why it’s better. This feud between Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox has been going on since the beginning of the Video game Era. It can be compared to the debate between Apple Mac computers and Windows computers, except it’s not as simple. (Everyone knows that Apple is more expensive but generally runs better – it’s the consumer’s choice) This debate has it’s similarities regarding money.
Xbox users continually complain that drains their money as they charge them for every little thing. For Example, Xbox Live costs $60 a year, and without it, you cannot play online with friends. PlayStation Network, on the other hand, is free. The two consoles themselves are about equally priced, but there are many accessories that differ in price. For example the Xbox360 controller commonly costs between $20 and $40, while the PS3 Dualshock could be higher than $50. I one met a guy while playing Call of Duty online who said he was new to PlayStation because he sold his Xbox. When I asked him why, he said that it was too much of a burden in his wallet. So when it comes to money, more users go with PlayStation.
Of course there must be other factors that go into choosing a gaming system. One is performance. To be honest, I am a bit biased towards PlayStation, only because I was raised with a PS2 and PS3. But I am thinking about getting an Xbox and therefore am keeping an open mind. As far as performance goes, Xbox users generally claim that they possess the best graphics, and technically speaking, they are right to claim so. The Xbox CPU is more powerful than the PS3’s core which makes for better speed and capabilities. It also has a slightly more high-end than the one in a PS3. So strictly going by public opinion and hardware specifics, an Xbox is a more powerful machine.
An enormous determining factor for PlayStation and Xbox users alike are the games that are console specific. I’m talking about Halo (Xbox), God of War (PS3), Gears of War (Xbox), Uncharted (PS3), and all of the other highly rated games that are console specific. Some users claim that Xbox hold the greatest game in the world, Halo, which is a game that is well known as the greatest Sci-Fi FPS, and one of the most popular games in the world. Many people stay with their system because of the games they fall in love with. I, on the other hand, fell in love with the most popular and profitable game in the world: Call of Duty- which is available for all consoles and PC.
Many PlayStation users claim to have stuck with their system due to its convenient controller shape. I, myself, greatly prefer the Dualshock grip and button scheme. Some of my friends who play Xbox say that the Xbox controller is for “Man Hands” because it’s bigger and wider. This isn’t as big a factor as people think. If someone was given the choice between an Xbox that they’ve been playing for years, and a Playstation that they’ve never played before, they would probably choose the Xbox. It all boils down to what they were raised with.
Anxious for opinions!