Rant Central #7: Platform/Community Wars

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This one is going to be a little bit different. As the self proclaimed “King” of podcast listeners (GTR’s Feelz Good is to thank for that), I’d like to address the ever on going struggle between platforms and more importantly the different sides of the gaming community at large. Defending your purchase decision is going to come with he territory whenever you buy anything. Obviously when that choice reaches in to the levels of a small fortune, the feeling of defending your purchase choice is going to become that much more important for some. Case in point is an old post we put up a good while ago being host to readers having a bit of a age old debate of whether the Xbox 360 or PS3 is best. Here’s why it’s all a colossal waste of time.

Whats different about this debate is the timing of it ( 4 or so months late to the party) and what it’s about (go ahead and check out the comment thread). The post associated with this is PS3 vs. Xbox 360 Call of Duty 4, but surely the debate I’m taking about is hardly about PS3 vs Xbox 360 Call of Duty 4. Any and all always ceases to degenerate into a which platform is best argument fest.

Example #1

Reader “rrd” (how clever)

1. The Nvidia RSX processor in the PS3 is a lot more powerful that the ATI core used on the 360. Its not an exact comparison but event he basic RSX’s are a lot better than the ATI core used on the 360.

2. The PS3 does a combine 51 billion dot productions per sec compared to the 360’s 33

3. The PlayStation 3 has 6 USB 2.0 ports, a memory stick slot, an SD slot, and even supports compact flash. Not to forget the removable 2.5” hdd. The Xbox 360, in comparison, doesn’t have as much in the way of media support. It has two memory card slots and a handful of USB ports.

4. Sony’s PlayStation 3 provides numerous A/V output hookups. The upcoming console comes with not one but two HDMI outputs, and PlayStation 3 will be able to utilize both at the same time to output two 1080p video streams at the same time allowing for dual-screen HDTV gaming. The 360…A BIG NO.

5. Sony’s Playstation 3 comes with a built-it Ethernet adapter, and also includes an 802.11 b/g wireless adapter. The Xbox 360 comes with a built-in Ethernet adapter, but the 802.11 a/b/g wireless adapter will cost extra. HENCE PAY MORE MONEY.

6. Do I even need to mention the intricate differences between Bluetooth on the PS3 and the ancient 2.4ghz used on the 360 for wireless support.

7. The PS3 support upto 7 Bluetooth controllers, while the 360 only 4.

8. The PS3 has a 25.6 GB/s main memory bandwidth while the 360 has only 22.4 GB/s main memory bandwidth.


While this reader does a decent job stating his point, no matter how inaccurate it may be, there is no reason anyone but a developer should give a rats ass about the spec’s of the two consoles outside of HD capabilities of course. Why is that? I’d be the first to tell anyone that I’m super intrigued about the specifications of hardware as anyone, but at the end of the day knowing what the specs are of anything ( even if they are old specs) isn’t going to guarantee me or anyone else a better game. If it mattered for the end user we’d all be making games instead of bitching to each other about this or that being better.

Example #2


Thats what happens when you outsource your main component..that is the drive..to a korean company..Samsung.
I think half my friends who bought the 360 have sent it back to microsoft to get replacements..the other have sold it on crigslist.

1. No Blueray. With games getting larger, its only time ps3 gets better games on its blue rays. After all there is a limit to how much on can compress thier files. Unless Microsoft starts packing 2 discs like its PC games.ha ha ha ha ha.
2. Online gameplay is free on the PS3. Sony doesnt charge you to play online. Microsoft charges you around $40 a year. Thats $200 in 5 years.
3. Controllers are wireless and bluetooth compatible. Hnece better connection right out the box. Unlike the 360 which has aaa size batteries and wireless is premium.
4. One can install linux on the ps3 and use it like a computer + gaming system. The 360 ..i dont think so.
5. Ps3 has a slot loading drive. The 360 has a woobly thing which looks like it;ll break anyday.
6. PS3 has divx support upto 2gb files..plu it has PSP remote..where on can access movies, music on the ps3 from over the internet through the psp.
7. There is Bluetooth keyboard and mouse support for the ps3. Not on the the 360.

One can tweak the ps3 according to ones will..and not be the bitch of a giant corporation like microsoft who will bleed you dry for years to come. The colors on the interface are orange , red and pink and has advertisements. On the PS3 its just clean fun.

While it may not be fair for me to pick and choice or mishmash “rrd’s” comments, none of it matters in the long run. As simplistic as all of this console war talk should be, we all get carried away with the most minute things. After all, we all care about this medium for one reason and one reason only. To play good/great games! This site might be Xbox 360 specific, but don’t get your nuts (Yes, those nuts) up in a bunch thinking that the Xbox 360 is the only thing that matters. Is it the preferred platform? Yes, but is there a need to try to throw around console specs as this reader did on a site that’s clearly focused on the Xbox 360?

In a world of revenge tactics of the up most sincerity, I could easily take up a chunk of my time countering ever thing this reader has stated as most of it is not only narrow thinking, but in most accounts flat out wrong. Clearly his/her platform of choice is the PlayStation 3. Making a concise argument about what’s better is fine when the topic at hand is about that.

Can we as Xbox 360 gamers find fault in the Xbox 360 and in turn what Microsoft itself is doing. Hells Yes! Questionable DRM, unreliable hardware, no real forecast as to when certain content is going to be available, shotty customer support. Need I go on. As Xbox 360 gamers, we know what’s wrong with this platform. It’s our job to tell Microsoft what they need to do to make a better product. The same goes for Sony and the PlayStation 3, but no one needs to bitch about one another while declaring all is great and wonderful in the land of your platform of choice. Make your voice heard by your purchase decisions and not by complaining to the other side of consumers who made a different choice. I myself have tons of product from the other two declared big three. A good chunk of us do. So why do we continue to beat each other over the head over decisions none of us made. The deeds are mostly done and all there’s left to do is have fun! Or have we all forgotten about that?

Level 7 done……Level 8 loading………

-William “thewilleffect” Bell-

One Response

  1. I believe you get the same amount for the amount of money on both even trhought the ps3 is 100000000 times better it is 2 times more expensive ,no halo

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