After about 7 years of PC gaming, I'm finally getting tired of it. Mainly because of the framerate issues. I've been using a very old Dell for too long that's been preventing me from playing any newer games. And still, even some older games lag a tad abit and can't be run with settings that high. I'd like to be able to just buy a game from the store, pop it in, and play right there without having to install and worry about lag. I've thought about just buying a new PC, but the good ones are quite costly, so I've decided to just switch over to console. Now, I have a few questions since the last console I owned was a Gamecube, that I didn't use too much after I got into PC gaming, and that was years ago. I was thinking of getting an either a 360, or a ps3, so I have some questions about them: 1: How's the online play? One of my fav things about PC gaming definitely is playing online. It's so simple to find some random server to play on and start within minutes. Is it that simple on consoles? 2: Are most games released on both consoles? I've heard of many great games coming out lately, but some being for a specific console, which is pretty dissapointing. 3: How are the controllers when it comes to playing FPS genres? From what I remember, they felt abit awkward for FPS games. I definitely prefer the mouse over a console controller. I think I once heard that a mouse is actually superior to console controls....is this somewhat true? Or is it only a matter of taste and getting used to it? 4: Technical problems with 360's? I heard about them overheating and other stuff, how common is this? 5: What's your personal preference? I'm wondering which console you prefer, and why. I was gonna get a 360, but after talking with a friend, I thought about getting a ps3. 6: Are 360's or Ps3's moddable, and is it easy to download user-made mods (if they exist)? I've heard that it was possible with some mod chip, but I never looked into it. One thing I liked about fps games on PC was being able to mod them a little, but I can live without it. It will be while till I get either a 360 or ps3. Untill then I'll be trying to get opinions for each. I'm looking to buy one and stick to it for a long time. I might update this thread and add another question since this is all I can think of for now. Any help would be much helpful and appreciated :beer:
ps3. It has Blu-ray...that is worth the price alone.
1) Console mp costs for ALL games, PC mp only costs for subscription games like WoW. 2) There will always be exclusives, but many of the more popular titles release on both. 3) Gamepads work best for racing games, and suck at FPS. They even have speed limiters built in so you can only adjust aim so fast. If you reach the limit of the speed limiter they go berserk. Having to use gamepads is my main nit pick about consoles. There are ways to set up KB/M adapters, even lag free ones using the XIM, but it will cost anywhere from $45 (PS3), to over $100 (360) and even then they don't work well for a lot of games. The problem is the console games are written for those little analog toggles on gamepads so you get serious tradeoffs with most of them when using KB/M. 4) Since Feb '07 they've gotten new DVD drives (old ones were loud and scratched discs) and since Aug '07 a new CPU called the Falcon. The new CPU is now 65nm size vs 90nm so it takes less wattage and doesn't heat up as much. Some claim the infamous Red Ring of Death still happens though, which is caused by overheating. There's not enough info really available to know if it happens a lot less now. Basically unless you have an air conditioned room and don't game for long sessions, I would use a laptop fan unit under it. 5) I like the title selection of the 360 a bit better but I like the included Blu-ray player of the PS3, so it's a wash for me. Depends on what games you like and whether Blu-ray is important to you. Soon Blu-ray will replace DVD so if you rent or buy movies a lot it will be handy soon, esp if you have or plan to get a 1080p TV. The PS3 also hasn't been out as long so naturally it will need to catch up on titles. 6) You may be referring to some of the hardware mods out there, which do things other than make game modding possible. Basically the games have to be of a code that can be modded to actually make a mod of the game. Don't count on being able to make or get mods of any console games. _________________________________________________________________ I found it a bit surprising you did not mention game titles, as most whom make such comparisons do. It's certainly one of the biggest factors to consider. I know you said you don't want to go PC again but you may also want to consider that by the time you've used a console for a few yrs, you've spent enough in online gaming fees and $10 more per title to afford an upgrade on a PC.
1: How's the online play?
Fairly decent, this generation of consoles has made getting online easier then ever. The 360 has a service charge that isn't too expensive. Most games don't use a lobby system and instead log you into a server automatically based on your preferences. It is very easy to get online and play. 2: Are most games released on both consoles?
For the most part all of the better game and hyped will be out on multiple consoles with the exception of a few exclusives such as Gears of War 2 (360) and Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3). In my opinion 360 has a larger number of decent exclusives then PS3
3: How are the controllers when it comes to playing FPS genres?
Both are equally mediocre in terms of controls, some games get the controls better then others. There is still no replacement for a keyboard and mouse.
4: Technical problems with 360's?
Having sent mine in for the 5th time in the two odd years I owned one I'd say they'd better fix it soon. Luckily they have a good warranty that will cover all costs and make it easy to send it in. For your troubles they send you a free one month online card.
5: What's your personal preference?
I own a 360 for the better game selection. The only reason I'd ever get a PS3 is for Metal Gear Solid. The Blu-Ray doesn't appeal to me since my TVs don't have HD, are old and to me Blu-Ray is just another excuse to pay more money for the same movie only in higher res. Even though I am a big movie fan, DVD is just fine for me and will remain so until the format is completely phased out.
6: Are 360's or Ps3's moddable, and is it easy to download user-made mods (if they exist)?
There is no official support for mods as far as I am concerned. However there are videos of modded games so it is possible but won't be easy.
Another mulitple 360 exchange customer I see. I forgot to mention I have heard from someone on his 4th now that if your first was bought pre Falcon chip they refuse to replace them with a new model. Instead they keep sending out older refurbed models that have the same design flaw and are quite vulnerable to RRoD. Like I said, a laptop fan unit placed under a 360 is a good investment. I hear they really keep them a lot cooler, though the heat it causes to blow out of the console can heat up the ambient temp of your room quite a bit. Theoretically anything sold with a Falcon chip has less vunerability to RRoD, though you have to wonder how much less when the GPU creates most of the heat.
The only reason you should buy a PS3 is for Tekken 6.
gah another one of these threads. 360 users are the majority here though there are PS3 users here myself included. This was made a week ago and is a fairly good read as far as facts go and since i really don't feeling posting the same things again. the points get good around the 2nd page http://forums.filefront.com/console-general-discussion/364848-what-console.html<-link
After hearing mixed opinions from a few different people, I'm really not sure what to get. I've heard a little more good from PS3 though. I'm still thinking about a 360 though. I'm also hearing some good stuff about PS3's hardware in the future. One thing I'm really wondering about, is games that are released on both consoles - do they feel alot different from each other? I know a PC game released on console is usually always abit different, but I can't remember the last time I played the same game on different consoles. And between the 2 consoles, which controller is usually preferred?
i prefer PS3 its old and familiar to me from the days of PS1 and i always found the x-box controllers to be big and bulky, but really id recommend picking up your friends controllers and judging for your self.