Xbox 360 or PS3- it’s a question that plagues everyone who has one of the two forerunners this generation. Of course, one could also argue that the Wii should also be counted there, but many ‘hardcore’ gamers think otherwise- me being one of them.
I’ve had my PlayStation 3 for just over a year, and when I bought it I thought I had done the right thing- everyone who I knew had one, and most of all, it had LittleBigPlanet- a game that I so desperately wanted to play.
It was then, however, I started to regret my decision- I later found out that virtually all of my mates had got a 360 for Christmas- I was gobsmacked. And ever since then I’ve tried to defend the PS3, and I never backed down- until last week.
Yes, the tide turned as soon as I switched it on- I was greeted with the setup page that was very easy to complete and, when that was done, I was taken to the lovely Dashboard. “Wow” I thought. I got myself signed into Xbox LIVE Gold and added some of my mates, created my avatar (o hai Nintendo!) and then I played some Forza.
It read the disc. I looked up at the sky outside to see if there was a plane flying over my house, and there wasn’t. It was the DVD drive. I have either got a faulty BenQ drive in mine (as that’s what drive I have determined that I have) or it’s normal- now, I had heard complaints before and I didn’t think that it was going to be this loud…and I thought my PS3 was a tad noisy!
Aside from this, I decided to check out the a ton of more features there are available- Last.fm, Facebook, Sky Player (though you need a multi-room subscription which I don’t have, so I can only watch on-demand programs) and of course, the Marketplace; the home of the demos, games on demand and a whole other array of things. What I like about it all is that everything has the same Dashboard theme it makes everything seem integrated properly and not an add-on, much like how the PlayStation Network feels like on the PS3.
However, it’s not all fine and dandy for the Xbox- the one thing that annoyed me most is all the extras you have to buy- LIVE, batteries (or the Microsoft’s Plug & Play), wireless adapter (that is expensive, coming in at £30 or more; alternatively you could just but an Ethernet cable) and for me, I’m going to have to get an overpriced HDD and a headset too. Darn.
Original Video – Xbox 360 2 and half minute review
Those are just my feelings so far, and I’m sure most with both consoles feel the same way- I hope so anyway. Comment away Platform Nation buddies!