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 .

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kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

loving the puns ben 🙂 and the ps3 is in an instant lead now. No looking back, microsft is finsihed.

mackid1993
mackid1993
11 years ago

I want to see more game trailers at the movies, having PS3 ads and game ads at movies, during the previews will definitely help sales. Just think, many theaters (where I live) are in or near shopping malls. After the movie, you make go pick up that game you saw in the previews. Just my $0.02.

Titch1794
Titch1794
11 years ago

I really don't see how people can actually compare the two consoles.
Free online play and built in blu-ray just wins it for me, but I am a life long sony fan.

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

I also love Sony, and i totally agree. I actually don't understand how someone can get a 360 over a ps3 now. Mayve when it first came it when it had a slow start. But now there is way better games coming to ps3. I asked my die hard 360 fanboy what his most anticipated game was and it was a multiplat!

zee
zee
11 years ago

I wouldn't say M$ is finished if I were you. They are far from finished just the way SONY is far from taking the lead. PS3 Slim will change a lot of things for SONY. We all know that and we also hope that it will do better than what we all expected and hoped for. But to say M$ is finished/done/gone, no I wouldn't agree with that. Remember that they still have the cheapest console in the market with a big library of games.

However, PS3 is finally at a point where it compete in terms of price. The only thing that was keeping PS3 from achieving it's full market potential was the price. $299 for such a powerful machine is extremely reasonable. Heck, I paid $420 (tax included) for my 80GIG PS3 and I never thought that it was over priced! Some people paid like $599 and most of them till date say that it was worth it.

I am not a sales caring person guy but a few days ago a brand new site XBOX LIFESTYLE put up an article which read "PS3 SLIM DETHRONED BY AN XBOX GAME" and well, I said back then that it won't last 24 hours and wow, I was right. That game was then "dethroned" by WiiFit with BalanceBoard and now PS3 Slim has taken back the #1. Remember all this happened before September 1st (my birthday).

Xbox Elite is currently at #33 WITH a downwards trend 🙂 Clearly, the only thing keeping a lot of people purchasing a PS3 was the price and though AMAZON is no way to predict the whole market, it is one way of seeing where things are heading.

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

You are completely right, I was just really excited at the moment because 3 of my friends just jumped ships and bought a ps3. But Microsoft is far from finished. But they are a heck closer then about 2 years ago.

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

Wasn't it always a fair fight though.What I mean is that the PS3 was $399 and the elite was also $399 so the fight was always fair.

Russell Burrows
Russell Burrows
11 years ago

@Hexen
So the Xbox Arcade was 399?
Total fail since it was 199 for the Arcade.

But now that the prices for PS3 Slim and 360 Elite are both 299 its a more fair fight.

Wheres that Xbox Live is better rap?
Not so since Microsoft thinks so highly of the Live service that they are giving it away to try and compete with PSN.

PS3 bullet points are that just from saveing 20 dollars per month on electrical costs this means the PS3 Slim pays for itself in about a year VERSUS the 35 to 40 dollar per month electrical bill from running the 360 Elite.

Toss in the RROD aka E74 problem and the question becomes why buy a 360 to waste my money on makeing the Electric company rich or time waiting for it to be fixed? only to break again?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Russel, you may have mixed a few things up there.

NiteKrawler
NiteKrawler
11 years ago

I believe you may be onto something there World…

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

Don't forget the 360 pro was $299.

I am certain there are more Arcade and Pro units sitting in living rooms than Elites.

somethingrandom
somethingrandom
11 years ago

360 elites are $329 in Canada. PS3 slims are $299 though. makes ps3 look even better.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Is Zorro the PS3? lol. Well looking forward the only thing on Xbox that looks good is Alan Wake. Upcoming PS3 exclusives are so plentiful and impressive that if there is to be a "winner" it is us as PS3 owners.

tes37
tes37
11 years ago

"if there is to be a "winner" it is us as PS3 owners"

I couldn't have said it better….. as demonstrated by my post below.


Last edited by tes37 on 9/3/2009 10:53:01 PM

Advent Child
Advent Child
11 years ago

That's not Zorro its The Princess Brides Westley

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Ahh, yeah I don't know much about princess movies. Guess I don't deserve to breathe.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 9/3/2009 11:46:17 PM

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

What? Go rent that movie, now. I mean it. Now! One of the all-time comedy classics. A masterpiece. No, this is not an opinion. Just go read up on it. It was made back when boys were boys and not your hairdresser. :p

dlte
dlte
11 years ago

the princess bride is a classssic


Last edited by dlte on 9/4/2009 1:29:20 AM

CH1N00K
CH1N00K
11 years ago

Yeah world you got to check out that movie..it's an old classic comedy. The name doesn't do anything for it but the movie is hilarious. Or it was, Maybe I've become bitter and jaded and wouldn't think so anymore, I haven't seen it in a long time.

This one is along the lines of the guys who did Robin Hood: Men in tights, just so you know what kind of humour you're getting.


Last edited by CH1N00K on 9/4/2009 8:43:19 AM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

alright alright guys, I meant no offense, I'll hit up Blockbuster for it k 🙂

Frenchy17
Frenchy17
11 years ago

My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!

Classic!

SonyPuppy
SonyPuppy
11 years ago

I watched Princess Bride again recently. It is still as sidesplittingly funny as it was as a child. And the star is the same guy from Men in Tights as well. Absolute classic.

tes37
tes37
11 years ago

The ps3 will enjoy the spotlight, while the 360 will have the redlight.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Xbox wins then! Your console only has one red light. Mine has thre…oh.

tes37
tes37
11 years ago

Lol. That should be Microsoft's new ad campaign.

Solid Fantasy
Solid Fantasy
11 years ago

nicely put.

bxshotboi
bxshotboi
11 years ago

we all agree then the ps3 wins yay us finally after all the crap we had to take from the old 360 fans makes me laugh i debate with one of my friends on this topic and he never has anything to say and guess what he claims to be a 360 fanboy but after i lent him killzone 2 thats all he plays that goes to show the outcome lmao but hey i am looking forward to seeing what microsoft might have up thier sleeves because the better they become the better the ps3 gets and makes us happy as a whole

NiteKrawler
NiteKrawler
11 years ago

Here, I think you forgot these: ..,,.?,,.!!,,,.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

I made the same reply to another person a while ago (but with the capital letters). I think you owe me royalties. : )

NiteKrawler
NiteKrawler
11 years ago

Dang…Watch your mail, they're on their way.

Acehiroku
Acehiroku
11 years ago

Zorro will definitely win ! I mean, he won the heart of Catherina Zeta Jones, need I say more ?
Black beast FTW !

mexgeo86
mexgeo86
11 years ago

Catherine Zeta Jones is hot

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

If Catherine Zeta Jones was advertising PS3, the 360 would be dust.

Just sayin'…

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

She's rockin that cell phone company pretty well.

Xra897
Xra897
11 years ago

well ps3's winin this month but not sure about the holiday season

www
www
11 years ago

Wow, what are you saying???

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

ok? they're both the same price, ps3 has bluray, and ps3's holiday lineup destroys the 360 lineup. yeah, ps3 looks like is gonna get its ass kicked by the 360.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

LOL you silly people, that's not Zorro, that's Westley the Dread Pirate Roberts(At that time) vs Inigo Montoya LOL The movie is called "The Princess Bride" =)


Last edited by LegendaryWolfeh on 9/3/2009 10:35:56 PM

Fatcat3788
Fatcat3788
11 years ago

You beat me by 2 minutes!!!! And you probably spelled everything right. HAHA I only know the movie not how the names are spelled. 😉

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

LOL yeah well you were right there, lol I barely sneaked it in on time, but at least you knew the movie too =D either way, it's a great movie with tons of comedy lol.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

wish I could edit it, lol but yeah also at that time no one knew he was Westley and everyone refered to him as "Man in Black" lol just some more little trivial info LOL

Fatcat3788
Fatcat3788
11 years ago

Everyone saying that is ZORRO is WRONG. That is from the Princess Bride and that is Wesley and Montigo Montoyo or however you spell it.

On topic: It is going to be interesting to see what happens now that the PS3 is an affordable piece of entertainment (in the eyes of the public anyways) I just hope that the boost in consumers of Playstation brands brings back the developers who once catered to them.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Sadly, I can confirm you are correct. As to how I know this, I don't know, I just do. Honest.

iGraves1
iGraves1
11 years ago

Sony needs to advertise more, I know some people who didn't know about Home. The PS3 has a lot of things that they need to advertise, like Bluetooth ,Life with PlayStation, DivX video compadebilaty and free online gaming with a web browser. Little things can make a big impression, especially with the casual crowd.


Last edited by iGraves1 on 9/3/2009 10:41:56 PM

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

yeah, but just yesterday I saw the ps3 now 299$ ad, at least, 10-15 times before i went to bed, all on Cartoon network tho, which i guess is a good thing for kids and teenagers (like me)? lol

iGraves1
iGraves1
11 years ago

I like that ad, its better than the crying baby commercial.
lol

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

I have only seen that add on the internet, is it playing in Canada?

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

<xbox fanboy mode>
One word.

Halo ODST.
</xbox fanboy mode>

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

OMG HALO >>> ANYTHING DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU SAY

/sarcasm

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Two words.

In-deed.