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Xbox 360 is better than PlayStation 3

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Started: 5/6/2013 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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The Xbox 360 was released a year before the PS3, and as a result of this there is a greater choice of games available. There are approximately 100 more game titles available for the Xbox 360 than the PS3, and this is a great advantage to have because the ultimate aim is to provide gamers with as many titles and choices as possible.
Xbox Live is the online arena that people can play multiplayer games in, against any other player from any corner of the world. Though there is a membership fee to be paid to Microsoft for enjoying this purpose, experienced gamers will attest that this arena is far better than that of the PS3 (also known as the PlayStation Network).
One of the biggest reasons why people may choose an Xbox 360 is the price. The console comes in many different bundles, but it is definitely cheaper than the PS3. This is a major factor for many potential buyers, and no matter what anyone says, it does make a difference.
The new motion sensing platform for the Xbox 360 is known as the Kinect, and this is a revolutionary new technology where you do not need to use a controller at all. A camera, a motion sensor and a voice detector observe your movements and your speech and this allows you to stimulate the game in real time. Hence the You are the controller tagline by Microsoft. Playing games on the Kinect is truly a great and novel experience, while the PS3 Move has simply copied the technology of the Nintendo Wii.


While it may be true that there are more games available on Xbox 360 has more games available, the real merit of a great system is a diverse library of quality exclusives. The Playstation 3 features a much more impressive collection of exclusives that dwarfs that of the 360. When looking at the top 100 best reviewed games on each system according to review aggregator Metacritic the PS3 has 18 exclusives while the 360 only has 12. Among the Xbox exclusives, 8 of the 12 are either from the Halo, Gears of War, or Forza series. Of these 12 games 5 are shooters and 4 are racing games, showing a lack of diversity in genres available. On the other hand, the PS3 exclusives feature adventure games like the Uncharted series, 2D-platformers like the LittleBigPlanet series, 3D-platformers like Ratchet & Clank, shooters like Killzone, sports games like MLB: The Show, racing games like Wipeout, stealth-action games like Metal Gear Solid 4, hack-and-slash action games like God of War, and more. Going beyond the top 100 would also include series like Infamous, Resistance, Sly Cooper, and many more. While it is true that the 360 has more games, the PS3 has more quality exclusives, which is much more important.

At this point, the Playstation Network and Xbox Live are nearly indistinguishable in quality. Having used both of them extensively, I can safely say that both of them play very similarly with little lag or connection issues. The only real advantage Xbox Live has is cross game chat, but at the cost of $60 a year this feature hardly justifies the cost. On the other hand, the Playstation Network has a program called Playstation Plus that offers gamers dozens of free games every year on top of deep discounts, extra features, exclusives betas and demos, game trials, and more. This program only costs $49.99 a year, a full $10 less a year than Xbox Live. Playstation Plus alone puts the Playstation Network miles ahead of Xbox Live. Also, for what it's worth, Microsoft tries to nickel and dime consumers by using "Microsoft points" instead of real money values. These points convert to roughly 80 points for every dollar, giving the buyer the illusion that they are spending less than they actually are.

When comparing price points of the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, it's pretty clear the PS3 also holds the advantage here. It is true that the most basic Xbox model is the cheapest option between the two systems, but the lack of games and a hard drive makes it the more expensive option in the long run. The $199 360 only has 4 GB of flash memory which is filled very easily. To get a 250 GB model you'd need to drop $299, whereas a 250 GB PS3 with games packed in can be had for between $249-$269. The same $299 you'd spend on a 250 GB 360 can buy you a 500 GB PS3 with game(s). Just because the 360 offers the cheaper console, does not mean it offers the better value. This also neglects the fact that you have to pay the aforementioned $60 a year for Xbox Live just to use any online features, meaning the total cost of the 360 quickly swells to unreasonable levels after just a few years of use.

Finally, the Kinect is not revolutionary, nor is it new, nor is it novel. In fact, Sony has been using a remarkably similar technology since the PS2. The Kinect is basically the Eye Toy/Playstation Eye with an added sensor for depth. In fact, the rest of the specs of the Kinect are either on par or worse than the Playstation Eye. What sets the PS3 apart is the Move controller. While I'm not going to claim that it is the most original idea, neither is Kinect. Though, to be fair, the technology behind the Move and the Wii remote is completely different. The real difference maker is the buttons on the Move controller. This allows the PS3 to detect both movements and button presses together, making it much more usable for a wide variety of games. I won't make the argument that either is very compelling, but the Kinect has little to no advantage over the Playstation Move.

As you can see, the Playstation 3 holds an advantage in almost every category, including its robust library of quality exclusives, free online system, Playstation Plus, price point and value, and motion controls. The Xbox 360 is outclassed in each of these regards and simply can't compete with the Playstation 3.
Debate Round No. 1


Yes There is a lot in common between the Xbox 360 and the PS3. Xbox is innovative and has fun creative new features such as XNA which is the service that allows users to create their own games for Xbox marketplace and to review other peoples games too. Xbox is also cheaper. Ps3 steals everything that Nintendo does such as motion sensitivity) (PlayStation Move is pretty much a Wii controller with a ball on it.) Xbox has Kinect which takes motion games to the next level. "You hands are the remote." Another thing is: Xbox cares about their customers. I have not heard many good reviews from Sony's customer service. The Xbox 360 is a more multiplayer based experience, the PS3 offers better singleplayer exclusives, and the PC is a more complex system for gamers who like to delve into complex games (i.e RPGs - Role Playing Games and JRPGs - Japanese Role Playing Games).


Sure, there is a lot in common between the Xbox 360 and the PS3, but the PS3 can do more and can do anything better. As I stated before, the games are better, the online is better, and the value is better.

Playstation also has a similar program to XNA called Playstation Mobile which helps small developers make games for PS3, Playstation Vita, and mobile phones.

As I explained before, the Xbox is not really cheaper. Restating that it's cheaper doesn't make it true. The PS3 presents a much better value for the consumer.

As I stated before, I'm not going to claim that Playstation is the most original but to claim that Kinect is a groundbreaking piece of technology is laughable. Motion hand gestures existed long before Kinect did, in fact Sony used motion gestures with the Eye Toy on PS2. The Kinect is derivative, trivial, and irrelevant. Most of all though, there aren't any good games that use it.

Now here is where your hollow argument really starts to fall apart. Using anecdotal evidence that you "have not heard many good reviews from Sony's customer service" is a classic example of confirmation bias. I could say that I have heard bad things about Microsoft's customer service and it would hold just as much weight as your argument because you posted no proof or examples. On the other hand, Microsoft probably needs good customer service to deal with all the angry customers who's Xboxes got the red ring of death because they are made of cheap, low quality parts.

The argument that the 360 is more multiplayer based is also anecdotal, the PS3 has many great multiplayer-only or multiplayer-centric games such as MAG, Starhawk, Warhawk, Dust 514, LittleBigPlanet, and more as well as superior single player experiences like the award winning Uncharted series, Infamous, Ratchet and Clank, God of War, and many more. I would also argue that PS3 has a very robust library of exclusive "complex games" like White Knight Chronicles, Ni No Kuni, Demon's Souls, etc. As I said before, the PS3's library is much more diverse than that of the 360 with more high quality games.

It's clear you have no examples or proof to back up any of your claims, you're just using the classic console war argument of "the console I bought is better because I own it." I have provided specific examples that directly refute each thinly veiled argument you make, the outcome of this argument is already pretty clear.
Debate Round No. 2


1. Xbox Live is more secure than PSN

It"s true that the PlayStation Network is free and that you"ll need to pay to access online features with Xbox Live. But the old adage remains true: you pay for what you get. Xbox Live remains a more secure platform than the PSN, subject to far fewer hacks and other problems.

And while the paid PlayStation Plus service is certainly a great value, the fact remains that if you have security concerns the Xbox 360 is the better of the two. No network is going to be perfectly secure, of course, but Xbox Live has never seen a month-long hack in which tens of millions of users were affected.

2. The Xbox 360 controller is better, especially for shooters

It may not come with a rechargeable battery pack or cable, but the Xbox 360 controller does fit much more comfortably to the shape of the human hand. The thumbsticks also respond with more accuracy than those on Sony"s DualShock controller, making the Xbox 360 a far better fit for anything that requires pinpoint precision, such as first-person shooters.

There"s nothing wrong with the PS3 controller, of course, but I find the layout and grip on the Xbox 360 controller is a tiny bit more intuitive, though it"s quite possible that children and people with smaller hands might prefer the slightly more compact offering from Sony.

3. Better exclusives if you like shooters

But if you"re a fan of shooters, Xbox 360 is the only place to go for the Halo franchise, or the Gears of War games. Likewise, even cross-platform shooters will have a more robust online community on Xbox Live than PS3.

Meanwhile, even though the Killzone games on PS3 are decent shooters, there"s just not anything equivalent to the big dogs on Xbox 360 for gamers with a penchant for shooting at one another.

4. Cross-platform games have more problems on PS3

If anything, this seems to be more of an issue now than in the past. Games like Skyrim on the PS3 have game-breaking bugs. But many other games in recent months have had similar, though less enduring, problems. Users of many third party games have reported lag, freezing, game crashes and other problems.

This is likely due to the fact that the PS3 is more difficult to develop games on, especially for cross-platform third party titles. While developers who devote all their time to Sony exclusives can produce remarkable results, cross-platform releases often struggle on the PlayStation 3.

5. In the US, your friends are more likely to have an Xbox 360

To put it simply, the PS3 dominates globally but the Xbox 360 is the machine of choice here in the US. This means you"re more likely to have friends playing online Xbox 360 games than you are to have friends playing online PS3 games (though, obviously, this depends on your friends.)

While Xbox has never made a huge splash overseas, it manages to appeal to American gamers, and certainly makes the choice here, for online gamers especially, a no-brainer.

6. Integration with Windows and Windows 8

Finally, if you want to network your console to your Windows-based PC or your Windows Phone, the Xbox 360 is the way to go. While you can link the PS Vita to your PS3, it"s trickier to network Sony"s console with your home PC. To be fair, Microsoft could do a much better job making this process easier themselves, but with their SmartGlass technology and Windows 8, linking all your Windows products together will be easier

The number one reason to go with either the PS3 or Xbox 360 is the exclusive titles, and that really boils down to a matter of taste. There are many great exclusives on both systems, but gamers will never agree on which are the best


1. Your first point about Xbox Live being more secure may have been relevant a few years ago, but at this point the PSN is no less secure than XBL. Yes, the Playstation Network was hacked and down for about a month a few years ago, but this caused Sony to beef up the security of the Playstation Network and there haven't been any major incidences since. The Playstation Network hack made the Playstation Network stronger over the long term.

2. The Xbox controller being better is purely based on opinion. I can't stand the thing, the directional pad is terrible, it requires AA batteries or a wired connection, the offset control sticks feel awkward, and the controller is just too big. I am a 20 year old male with an above average hand size and even I think the controller is just too large and uncomfortable. The point you made about the Dualshock's control sticks being less accurate is simply just not true. In fact, the PS3's controller is a little better for shooters than the 360's. Here is an article from PC World that gives an explanation of how the PS3's control sticks are more accurate.

3. Your initial argument was that having a wide variety of games was what made the 360 better, but now you're arguing that the 360 is only better if you like shooters? It's obvious that the PS3 has a better library of other games, but I would argue that the shooters on PS3 are also better than the shooters on 360. First of all, the 360 really only has 2 main shooter series which you called out by name: Halo and Gears of War. Both of these game series, while being well received, are nothing special. Once Bungie left the Halo series to create Destiny and Cliff Bleszinski left Epic, both of these series took a down turn. This is illustrated by the fact that Halo 4 failed to reach the same level of quality as its predecessors, posting a score on Metacritic lower than that of Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo Reach. In the same way, Gears of War: Judgement posted the lowest Metacritic score of any Gears of War game ever. Both of these series are in decline.

On the other hand, Sony is not afraid to diversify its library by publishing multiple first and third person shooters on the PS3, including the Resistance series, the Killzone series, MAG, Starhawk, Warhawk, SOCOM, etc. By providing a wide variety of quality shooters, the Playstation 3 offers gamers more options for a quality shooter.

Finally, the argument that the 360 has a better shooter community is anecdotal at best. While it is true that games like Call of Duty sell more on the 360, it doesn't mean that their community is better on 360. In fact, a larger community usually means that there are more people who try to troll other users. The shooter communities on Xbox 360 also have a reputation of being filled with younger children who annoy older gamers.

4. While it is true that for the first few years after the PS3 came out cross-platform games performed worse, at this stage in the PS3's life they are identical to their Xbox 360 counterparts. You use Skyrim as an example like it's the norm, but in reality it is an exception. In addition, I would also like to point out that 3rd parties often offer exclusive, free content exclusively to the Playstation community. For example, Assassin's Creed III had exclusive free DLC missions and Bioshock Infinite came with Bioshock 1 on the disc for free. The only exclusives that 3rd parties give 360 is that they can pay $15 for a map pack a few weeks earlier on 360 than on PS3. This is another clear example of how the PS3 just offers a better experience than the 360.

I'm glad you also brought up the point about Sony's own studios being able to create visually breathtaking games like Uncharted, a game that wouldn't be possible on the weaker hardware of the Xbox 360.

5. This argument is also anecdotal. The vast majority of my friends own PS3s, while only a few own 360s. The argument that higher sales in America leading to more of your friends owning one is hollow at best. It is well documented that the 360 has a ridiculously high failure rate, so many of the console sales attributed to the 360 are, in reality, just people replacing their broken unit with a new one. The true number of active 360s will probably never be known, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was close to or even lower than the number of active PS3s.

This also ties into another point I would like to make, the Xbox 360 is a dead console. Looking at the release schedule for the 360, it is very clear that Microsoft is turning their attention to the next Xbox. The only game they have published all year is the disappointing Gears of War: Judgement and they have no releases planned for the 360 for the rest of the year. On the other hand, Sony has already put out God of War: Ascension, MLB 13: The Show, and Sly and they are going to be releasing Dust 514, Puppeteer, and the game of the year contender The Last of Us.

6. Networking to a computer on the Playstation 3 is very easy to do, I use it all the time to watch videos or listen to music from my laptop. It's not tricky at all. Though it is true that PS3 doesn't have Smart Glass, it doesn't need it. Smart Glass hasn't shown anything that proves it's more than just a lame gimmick. On the other hand, connecting a Playstation Vita to the PS3 is extremely easy, allowing you to use it as controller for some games. In addition, games that are out on both Vita and Playstation 3 allow you to transfer your saves between them though cloud saving and take your games with you on the go.

As you can see, most of these claims you have made are, again, anecdotal with little in the way of hard evidence to back them up.
Debate Round No. 3


I am just an 8th grader trying to practice for the debating team in High School. I am starting to think that it depending on what kind of person and their style of games. Determining which one is "better" depends on the person using the game console, because each console offers a wide variety of differentiating features - some will love one console, and others will hate it. To figure out which console is better for you, you can easily go to each platform's website and compare specs. Get the one that offers you what you need, and has the games you want to play! Look at what you need to buy separately from the console for it to work as well. Be sure to check out the controllers for each. Having a controller you enjoy is important! I cant wait to see what Xbox 720 and PS4 have to offer. Cant wait for Xbox 720 illumiroom! Great job debating!


Thanks to my opponent for the debate, I think all my previous posts still stand and I have nothing else to add.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by AssAssIn_FTW 5 years ago
Ha, this is like 8 years old debate. Xbox360 is better. Sure Xbox gamers have to pay 50$ to play multipayer but servers are much more stable than PS3's. About exclusive games? I'm glad all those weird f-ed up japanese games are not on Xbox360.
Posted by KingOfToast9 5 years ago
Playstation 3 wins, its has far better exclusive games. Everyone knows Uncharted 3 beats Halo 4, Killzone 3 beats Gears.
Posted by GeekiTheGreat 5 years ago
XBL has been hacked more often then PSN.
Posted by dluk24 5 years ago
Xbox 360 has sold 40 million as of Apr 23 2010 and PS3 has sold 35.7 million or there are only 10% more Xbox 360 owners worldwide than PS3 owners. These figure do not reflect that some owners may own more than one or may own both the PS3 and the Xbox 360. In the United States there are a much greater number of Xbox 360 owners so that is we were to exclude the United States from both figures PS3 has 1- % more owners than the Xbox 360. The figures which will change and increase over time are available on the related links The current percentage is about 49% to 51% as PS3 continues to reduce the gap created by the 2005 release of Xbox 360. Total Worldwide sales of the PS3 as of Jun 30 2012 is 66.7 million and Xbox 360 is 67.2 million as of April 19 2012. The figures do not reflect the longer life of the PS3 or Xbox 360 selling a low cost 4 GB model There are still many more Xbox 360 users in the USA in spite of the PS3 being the preferred console in the rest of the world. Period
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Reasons for voting decision: Both debaters have obviously refused to understand that the XBOX360 was not made to compete with the PS3 but with the PS2. So in actuality, the Xbox didn't come out early, it came out late, in terms of its reason for being created. Also i have both systems and the PS3 has better graphic for all its games.
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Reasons for voting decision: Con is right, PS3 is better then 360. Even though the PS3 came out later it has better technology and can handle more information, also since 360 uses dvd and PS3 uses blue ray PS3 comes with one disc for all content, where as on 360 it would be 2 disks. Also I read if Metal Gear Solid 4 was released on 360 it would require 7 disks for all the content. So yes PS3 is better then Xbox. Also PS3 exclusives blow 360 exclusives out of the water, Infamous, MGS, Killzone, Uncharted, God of war. PS3 for sure is better.