Which System is Better: the Xbox 360 or the PS3?

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With the holiday season not far away and the PS3 slim about to break into the market, many people are trying to decide what console to buy.  Because of how close the mainstream consoles – specifically the PS3 and Xbox 360 (and to a lesser extent, the Wii) – are in terms of competition, it’s tough to settle on one.  Some folks just buy both if they have the money, but if you’re considering a system for yourself or your child/other family member, you probably just want to buy one.

Which leads to the natural question of which system is better: the Xbox 360 or the PS3?

The PS3 has a slight lead this season just because of the Slim coming out shortly.  However, the Xbox 360 is still very strong and has been arguably more successful since both consoles were launched.  Here are a few reasons you might want to buy a 360 over a PS3.

1. Game selection

The Xbox 360 is still dominating in terms of game selection.  It has targeted games of every genre, and therefore has the widest spread of titles – not to mention exclusive rights to the Halo series, Gears of War, the Fable series, and Left 4 Dead to name a few.  The 360 undeniably has a lead here.

2. The Xbox Live System

A huge part of buying a console is so you can play with your friends.  Nowadays, though, you don’t have to be in the same room to play together.  The Xbox Live offers seamless online gaming, the ability to download game demos for pretty much any game you can think of (which is great if you want to test a game before buying), the ability to chat with your friends even if you’re not playing the same game, and a way to hook up your PC to your Xbox for streaming videos/music/pictures.

3. Parental controls

While this isn’t an issue for adult gamers, it is important for families where young people will be using the console.  The 360 allows parents to control exactly what your children can do on the system, which is especially important if you have the Xbox Live feature.  You can block games, restrict who your kids play with and talk to, and even set time limits for how long your children use the console each day.

Those are just a few reasons to buy an Xbox 360 this holiday season.  In terms of which system is better where the Xbox 360 and PS3 are concerned, it’s hard to say, as both have benefits depending on what exactly you’re looking for in a console.

A final important note is that the Xbox 360 Elite has been dropped to $299, so you can get a more advanced version of the regular Xbox 360 console for the same price as a PS3.

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