Originally Posted by Pure Mongrel
Poor Sony. Even I will admit that the PS3 is a better console (at least hardware wise)
Do you think that if the PS3 did not have the Blueray player it would be even worse off than it is today?
That was an interesting article, and explains a lot.
And then about hardware. No. Not so simple. XBOX 360 has a better GPU and PS3 a more powerful CPU, then the 360 OS seems to be more efficient and then again PS3 has 9-6 (actually seems only 6 are usable) CPU cores, 360 has three, but then, despite 6-7 cores, PS3 has only 512Kb L2 cache, compared to 1Mb of XBOX 360's, and then XBOX 360 has a 256Gb/s frame buffer bandwidth, PS3 something like 25Gb/s (or about 275Gb/s vs. 48Gb/s if all bandwidth taken to account). Then a XBOX 360 is easier to program and PS3 is a very difficult one. (symmetrical vs. asymmetrical cores) And then 4Xanti-aliasing is a freebie in XBOX 360, in PS3 it takes power. And then again a Blueray-player vs. a DVD-player. And so on.
So what does this mean? Both consoles are surprisingly even powered. Actually who cares, it's just a matter of taste. I might pick a PS3 later, but not sure, maybe a next next gen sony console. I had to buy again a steering wheel (I need soon a storage room for steering wheels), a lot of games, etc, and so on. So I guess, it's just which one to pick for a while, buy the accessories and be happy. For me it was a XBOX 360, but both consoles are ok.
I think (and know) the Blueray player was the reason for some people to buy a PS3, because it was the cheapest Blueray-player around, but today those are cheaper than a PS3. So now it's all about gaming. Let's see what happens, I hope both consoles prosper.