In this day and age the only must have video games systems are the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. The Xbox 360 is built and marketed by Microsoft, while the PlayStation 3 is built by Sony. Both systems have impressive capabilities. These systems have video games that have some of the most realistic graphics to date, almost as impressive as top-notch CGI. The Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 have a multitude of accessories, including the very popular Xbox Kinect and PlayStation Move. Even with all of these advances, neither system has been brought to its full potential.
The Xbox 360 is the second generation of Microsoft's video games systems, following the original Xbox. The Xbox 360 was unveiled on May 12, 2005 and immediately sold out upon the November 22, 2005 release. Since the release, the Xbox 360 has undergone several changes and redesigns. The first Xbox 360 was bulkier than and not as integrated as the current slimmer model. The previous models were called the Xbox 360 Core, Xbox 360 Pro/Premium, Xbox 360 Elite, Xbox 360 Arcade, and Xbox 360 Super Elite. All of these models have been discontinued and replaced with the newer Xbox 360 S, Xbox 360 250 GB, Xbox 360 4 GB, and the Xbox 360 320 GB.
The PlayStation 3 is the brain child of Sony and the third generation of Sony’s console systems following the PlayStation and PlayStation 2. Sony initially launched the system in Japan in November 11, 2006 with the American market following for the 2006 holiday season. The initial PlayStation 3 was a bulky and noisy model that was later redesigned to be slimmer and quieter in late 2009. The initial models were released with a 20, 40, 60, 80, or 160 GB disk drive and are currently not being produced. The only PlayStation 3 video games consoles being currently released are the PS3 Slim models. The Slim models feature a 120, 160, 250, or 320 GB disk drive.
The current models of the Xbox 360 S feature a 4, 250, or 320 GB disk drive. All of the models have at least one HDMI port for high definition gaming. The 4 GB and 250 GB versions are matte black, while the 320 GB has three different special edition versions in Modern Warfare 3, R2-D2 artwork, and Gears of War 3. The Xbox 360 S 4GB comes with just one wireless controller and composite AV cable. The 250 GB and 320 GB versions come with a wireless controller, wired headset, and a composite AV cable. All versions have wireless b/g/n capabilities. All editions are also able to play the Xbox 360 system video games and also several Xbox video games.
The PlayStation 3 Slim, or PS3 Slim as it is called, features 4 versions with 120, 160, 250, or 320 GB disk drives. The PS3 contains a Blu-ray Disc drive that plays the PlayStation system video games, Blu-ray movies, DVDs, and CDs. All of the systems have Bluetooth 2.0, b/g/n Wi-Fi, an Ethernet port, 4 USB ports, and a HDMI port. The PS3 Slim system is traditionally charcoal black, but the 160 GB version offers a special edition classic white system.
Tips and comments
- Both systems offer online capabilities to download content and enrich games. Xbox 360 offers Xbox Live service for a monthly or yearly fee, while PlayStation 3 has a service called the PlayStation Network which is free but also offers pay services.
- Both systems also offer many accessories including PlayStation Move for the PS3 and the Kinect for the Xbox 360.
- Suscribing to the various online services that each game system offers will allow online gaming for the games that support it.
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