Xbox 360 v.s. Wii v.s. PS3- Which to get as a next-gen console
All three of the next generation consoles’ are very impressive, and major improvements over there past versions. The question though is which too get now that the major rush of holiday gifts has ended. This post is here to help you decide which to get, and show you some of the pros and cons of each system.
Pros: Good system for both hardcore gamer and casual gamer, lots of games for both types of gamers, exclusive games like Gears of War and Halo 3, HD output available, Xbox Live for gaming online, Video and game downloads available on Xbox Live Marketplace, HD DVD add-on available, ability to stream music, movies from any Internet connected Windows computer to Internet connected Xbox 360, backwards compatibility with original Xbox, HDMI (like USB just for TV, sends audio and video (including HD) on one cable from Xbox 360 to TV with HDMI in this case).
The Xbox 360 is priced in middle of three game systems. It’s 3 main versions: Arcade (256MB memory card with arcade games, wireless controller, HDMI input, $279), Premium (20GB Hard Drive, Wireless Controller, 2 game included, HD Composite Cables (like AV cables, just 3 additional with HD capability), HDMI input, $349), and Elite (Special Black Color, 120GB Hard Drive, Wireless Black Controller, 2 free games, HDMI and Composite cables included, $449).
Cons: Xbox Live Gold membership (membership needed for playing online) costs money unlike PS3 and Wii, still has problems, though not as often, such as red ring of death, no built in WiFi, HDMI cable not included on Premium and Arcade systems.
Xbox 360 (Premium and Elite)
Pros: cheapest of the three game consoles at $250, most innovative style of gameplay with the motion sensitive Wiimote and Nunchuk, geared for the casual gamer, built in WiFi, ability to download and play old Nintendo games, and play old Gamecube games, built in web browsing with optional Opera browser, comes with free game and wireless Wiimote and Nunchuck.
Cons: no DVD player built in, no real online gaming network like Xbox Live, no HD games or capability.
Pros: HD output through Composite and HDMI, built in Blueray player, 2 versions, 80GB comes with free game and wireless motion sensitive controller (though more of a mix between Wii and Xbox 360 controllers), 40GB comes with free Spiderman 3 movie, built in WiFi, built in Bluetooth.
Cons: Only 2 USB ports on 40GB version, no backward compatibility with old Playstation games with 40GB console, most expensive of all three consoles at $399 and $499 for 40GB and 80GB versions respectively, online gaming not as good as Xbox Live, games not as good as Xbox 360.
Overall the console you choose will be based most likely on either budget, game style, games for system, and on what system you are familiar with, or if you owned the previous version of that system. This is just a guide listing some pros and cons of each system. Anything we missing in this list, you have a particular system you’d like to