Over the last two decades gaming has evolved from a popular 16 bit survival- Pac-Man to now a realistic war- action packed Call of Duty. Games improve every year but as do the consoles they are being played on. There have been many consoles through out the years but only a couple of the same companies can still be called the few to this day. Of those companies, two that stand out and are most popular to this day are Sony and Microsoft. Microsoft being one of the largest computer software companies in the world and Sony being one of the largest leading electronic companies in the world having a small rivalry in the gaming industry. The question that everyone is looking for is “Which console is better?”
The newest and most advanced consoles to this day are considered to be in the seventh generation. This includes the newest Sony Playstation 3 and the Microsoft Xbox 360. The reason why this generation of consoles really stick out is because these were the first consoles that were able to have good online features and allow a smooth multiplayer experience on both platforms. Sony released their Playstation 3 in 2006 , which is the newest predecessor to the Playstation and Playstation 2. However not being in the console gaming industry as long, Microsoft released their new Xbox 360 platform on MTV in 2005. Which it’s predecessor is only the “Xbox”.
Considering Microsoft’s Xbox 360 got a jump start into the next generation of consoles, people assumed it already just buried Sony in the gaming market. However the truth soon prevailed that neither one of the consoles were truly ready for the giant revolutionary step that they were about to make. Xbox 360 did have quite the advantage of an early release however what stopped them is hardware malfunctions. The Xbox 360 was built with a troubleshooting setting into the console called the red ring effect. Whenever there was a piece of hardware failure the middle ring that turned green, would turn an alarming red. Which meant a call to Xbox support for help, which typically would result in shipping the console away to be fixed. During this time Sony hadn’t even released the Playstation 3 yet. It was a console that was just entering the door but the question with this console was, “Was it more reliable then the Xbox 360?”
Sony’s Playstation was a massive hit. The love of gaming was again back for the Playstation consumers and overall the gaming community. The down side of Playstation 3 was the gaming titles of availability. It took a lot longer for Playstation to come together on the online aspect then it did Microsoft. Both companies struggling through revolutionary difficulties and both were victims to online forum wars being bashed by one anothers fans. Arguments spread like wild fire. At the time even all irrelevant Youtube videos comments were being abused with mass hatred of the topic of the console wars.
Sony fans would argue the fact that the black slender console containing significantly more hard drive space was out right better then the bulkier white console that was lit up by the green small circular ring in the front. It is true, Playstation 3 has better hardware specs then the Xbox 360. Outperforming the 360′s graphics card and separating itself by having a blue ray disk player, not to mention hold more memory overall. The biggest argument the Sony console had was the online service; It offered making it no charge comparing itself to the optional sixty dollar Microsoft online service called Xbox Live. Microsoft triumphed in the online service making it separate itself from all other consoles. Yes you did have to pay a yearly fee for the optional service but it was quality service at that. Sony still doesn’t offer the quality of a voice chat that Xbox live had from the beginning. Major crises arrived at Sony’s door when it got hacked, having customer information being stolen. Outraged customers refused to use their service claiming that such an incident would never happen to Microsoft. Skepticism was in the air about reliability of a console, when the security risk died down after about four months, it happened two more times, again to Sony. Apologizing repeatedly through emails to Playstation customers Sony’s trust still hangs in the air for many.
So which console is better? Well I personally think it’s up to one’s preference where game play goes. Very few gaming titles are exclusive to just one console. For the most part, the wide range of popular titles can be played on both consoles. In my opinion it comes down to how one plays their video games. Playstation 3 seems like a perfect console for single player games, games I would solely just play the campaign for. However when it comes to online multiplayer experience and interaction I choose Microsoft because they are more reliable and the online service is more popular among my friends. Stay tuned for an overall comparison chart of not only both consoles but for the Wii as well. As we add on to the next week holiday prices, we will strive to make your holiday shopping a little easier. =]