Ps3 Consoles – Smaller? Yes, Better? Maybe

Pros:
+ slim -> takes less space
+ light -> obviously much lighter than the fat
+ more efficient -> consumes less power due to improvements in the CPU manufacturing process (45nm vs 65nm)
+ supports blu-ray playback with the best upgradeable blu-ray player available
+ free online psn subscription unlike Xbox360 live gold
+ bluetooth support (can hook up keyboard and mouse; some games even support them)
+ built-in charger for ps3 controller (no need to buy batteries or use external charger)
+ free demo download from the ps store without paying a premium subscription like for Xbox360 gold
+ free access to Playstation Home, a 3d online social community world
+ quiet optical operation (blu-ray) unlike the xbox360 drive that sounds like a vacuum cleaner
+ dual voltage, supports 110-240v (although the external label lists 110 only) so you can take it overseas and hook it to a compatible NTSC TV (all HDTV that are sold overseas are NTSC compatible whereas the TVs sold in US aren’t PAL compatible) – on the Xbox360 you have to find and buy a compatible 220v power supply that would work on your model of xbox360 (falcon, jasper which use different connectors)
+ humble community, very friendly unlike xbox360: everyone I met behaved uber-cool and “ultra 3l33t”
+ built-in wireless adapter unlike the xbox360 which comes with none – xbox360 wireless adapter costs $ 100
+ comes with 120gb hdd (xbox360 arcade comes with no hdd, costs $ 100+ to get one which is also proprietary meaning you can’t upgrade to bigger hdd than 120gb official xbox360 hdd)
+ has dedicated audio optical output unlike the xbox360 (Xbox360 has optical output on the component cable only which is a major drawback for people with av receivers that have hdmi passthrus that don’t decode the audio signal, the only way being via optical cable.

this means one can not use optical out on the xbox360 component cable to get audio and hdmi for video)

Overall, the PS3 Console (slim or not) costs less than the xbox360 and has better multimedia capability: blu-ray player, divx certified, better connectivity: built-in wireless, built-in bluetooth at the cost of a smaller gaming community and game titles.

Xbox360 arcade: $ 199
Xbox360 Wireless adapter: $ 99
Xbox360 120GB HDD: $ 134
Xbox360 Live Gold membership: $ 49.99 (annual fee)

Total: $ 481.99

PS3 slim: $ 299
PS3 Wireless adapter: 0$
PS3 120GB HDD: 0$
PS3 PSN membership: 0$

Total: $ 299

Conclusion: The Xbox 360 costs $ 182.99 more than the PS3 Console slim providing less or put the other way the PS3 Console slim is $ 182.99 cheaper than the Xbox360 providing more.

Pro Xbox360: some exclusive games I like are only xbox360/pc but not PS3 Consoles (mass effect is one of them); jasper xbox360 is very reliable and runs cool too (had it for one year and worked wonderfully), the xbox360 controller is much comfortable than the PS3 Consoles but I do not game a lot, xbox360 graphics are on par with the PS3 Console.

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