PS3 vs. 360: Now A Fair Fight, Software Will Determine Winner
For the first time ever this generation, the PlayStation is the exact same price as a comparable Xbox 360 model and because Sony has been charging hard throughout 2009, the two competitors have established an even ground and now...it's a fair fight. No excuses from here on out; ultimately, the console with the better software will prevail.
I know what many will say: "oh, the console with the best software always wins." Yeah, well, we're in a new age now that features systems that act as full entertainment machines; there's Blu-Ray (or lack thereof) to consider, the competing online services, the reliability, and of course, the price. All of that matters, and while we still believe the PS3 Slim has the edge in terms of what the consumer gets for his three hundred bucks, the general consensus is a little more split, which only proves that "even keel" theory further. From here on out, it's really going to hinge on exclusive software; awesome games that can only be played on one particular console. The true "system sellers" are what may end up determining the overall winner, as the price complaints have mostly disappeared and consumers can now weigh each console without thinking too much about the inherent cost.
The PS3 is certainly more reliable, the Network is free, the Store has really taken shape, and Home is intriguing, but many will say the 360 still has more games available, still has "livelier" Live servers (forgive the pun), and everyone knows about the Netflix option. Of course, the PSN also has downloadable movies and TV but for whatever reason, the average consumer doesn't know that. The point is, with the consoles so close in terms of all factors outside of software, the logical tiebreaker will undoubtedly go to the software. Which system delivers what you want to play? It'll really be that simple. Things can change over the next year or so, but with Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, God of War III, Gran Turismo 5, Heavy Rain, Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time, MAG, and The Last Guardian primed to make a lot of waves on the PS3, it seems Sony has the definite edge. But then again, people do have different tastes.
We've been waiting for the time when the games would dictate the battle, and it has finally come. And if you don't know where that duel pic is from, you shouldn't even be drawing breath.
9/3/2009 9:45:27 PM Ben Dutka