Why Every PS3 Owner Needs A 360

The Sixth Axis writes: "Here at TSA we like to think we're an open-minded bunch of guys. We don't really have any particular ties to any one system apart from the obvious fact that we like talking about the PS3 on the site – we're certainly not official in terms of PlayStation reporting and there's nothing stopping us flicking a switch one day that means we're now able to start writing about other consoles. Naturally, most of our readership are PS3 fans, so we'll always concentrate on making sure you guys are getting the most out of your big black box, but we're far from fanboys, so here's the first in a series of sideways looks at the competition: the Xbox 360.

For some reason, the playground rivalry that existed when I was a kid – the ZX Spectrum vs the Commodore 64 – is still thriving, but the advent of the internet has meant that instead of scrapping on the hopskotch chalk we're slinging insults from the safety of our keyboard. Whilst the Wii enjoys a slightly off-kilter fanbase that doesn't concern itself with the goings-on in the wonderful world of HD gaming, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 fanbases are often entirely mutually exclusive, and for all the wrong reasons. Here's the bit that might shock you: I personally don't have a preference for either console, and here's why I think you shouldn't either."

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lloyd_wonder2960d ago

Depends on what you like. Not everyone needs a 360 and PS3.

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ToastyMcNibbles2960d ago (Edited 2960d ago )

i agree with you dragonwarrior on the live part...everything is so much more easier...the whole xbl vs psn thing can go both ways though...i do think xbl has better communication features but i think psn makes up for that with its actual online functionality...playing games like resistance 2, killzone 2, warhawk and soon the upcoming MAG as well as stuff like littlebigplanet with its user generated content make up for the lack of communication features...look at the recent uncharted 2 beta...i played it everyday since it started and never had any problem with the performance...i get on gears of war 2 and its nothing but a lag/glitch fest...a BETA performs better than a game that has had online functionality since its first installment...and to top it off i believe psn offers a better selection of downloadable games compared to the ones on xbl...stuff like flower, wipeout hd, siren blood curse, tekken 5, warhawk, gt 5 prologue, pixeljunk monsters/eden, ratchet and clank quest for booty, crash commando, the list goes on...not to mention HOME...i dont care what anyone says about HOME i think its great...compared to when it first launched HOME is waaay better and full of more content...its never empty in HOME and its always fun to just go in after an intense game of killzone and just relax and talk to not trying to make it sound like psn is the king of online gaming but it is damn good for a service that debuted almost 3 years ago compared to a service that has existed for about 7 years

Chris3992960d ago (Edited 2960d ago )

That genre is what I play/ purchase the most and my gaming experience this gen would have been far less rich had I not played (in no particular order):

- Lost Odyssey
- Valkyria Chronicles
- Blue Dragon
- Demon's Souls
- Disgaea 3
- Folklore
- Star Ocean 4

Honorable Multiplatform mentions: Eternal Sonata and Tales of Vesperia.

And I am eagerly anticipating:
- NIS' PS3 titles (about 2-3 in the works)
- Atelier Rorona
- Magna Carta 2
- Kingdom Under Fire 2
- N3 2
- White Knight Chronicles

Just off the top of my head, and I'll need 2 platforms to play them all. If you're a JRPG nut, you're cheating yourself with console monogomy this gen. It's a little annnoying to purchase two systems, but it is what it is. Sure you can wait and hope for the occasional multiplatform "port" (SO: 4 is probably next), but who likes to wait for games to be announced in the future when they could be enjoying them now?

I wish people would stop getting so hung up on "platforms" and their respective companies. They don't give a $hit about anything aside from our money and I don't give a $hit about anything other than their games. It's a consumer/ corporate relationship. Not a friendship.


Edit: A better title would be; "Why Every Console Owner Needs A PS3 AND A 360".

BadboyCivic2960d ago

To be honest, its best if you bought all 3 systems if you can afford it.
My 360 plays FPS best and i think my PS3 is better at fighting games

Rainstorm812960d ago

Why would you say this? The same reasons people need a 360 can be made for why 360 owners need a PS3.

It all depends on your preference. The case made for JRPGs is right for some reason the PS3 dosent get that love.

In the end there are Amazing exclusive games on both consoles that justify their purchase.

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Anon19742960d ago

Their reasons were well thought out and they certainly have valid points. The article doesn't stray into fanboy territory, or attempt to bash one console over the other.

When I looked at the title my initial response was "here we go again," but this article was very balanced. Good job.

The only thing I thought was a bit off was the comment on multiplatform games being better. Besides some high profile releases like Ghostbusters (much ado about nothing, having played the PS3 version), the majority of multiplatform releases seem to score higher review scores than their 360 counterparts. So far in 2009, 70% of multiplatform releases scored higher on the PS3 or tied their 360 counterparts according to metacritic. This doesn't seem to back up the generally held belief that somehow the 360 is the better console for multiplats.

a_squirrel2960d ago

I want a ps3 for etc. etc. etc.

I want an xbox 360 for halo and gears

Pixel_Addict2960d ago (Edited 2960d ago )

PC, so I basicly have 90% of what's coming to the 360 and not PS3 and MUCH MORE! I can't play L4D one or two on the PS3, but I CAN play them on my PC, and with MUCH better graphics AAAAAND for free no less. But you know what 360 owners without a decent PC rig CAN'T say- I'm playing Crysis and eventually Starcraft 2.

Raptors2960d ago

In my opionion every true gamer needs both. Obviously if you can't afford both then purchase what you enjoy most. I own both and am very satisfied knowing that I get the best of both worlds.

lightningsax2960d ago

I agree with the initial comment here. I own a PS3 and I've thought about getting an X360 because of exclusive titles, but the only ones I really wanted were Rez HD and the Ikaruga port. I could live very well without just about everything else.

Reasons like "Gears of War has a really hardcore multiplayer experience" don't faze me at all, as I'm not very interested in those types of games. The faux-typical movie soundtracks, green and brown colors, and conspicuous overgrowth of chest-high walls just aren't for me. I may have wanted to try Crackdown, but it wouldn't be a game I'd play for over ten hours.

From what I saw at E3, I might be a bit sore about not having a 360 for a while when Conviction comes out, but not $300 plus internet fees and add-on wifi adapter sore!

Don't even get me started on the idea that there may be good motion control later on - really, we know nothing about Natal yet. It could be awesome, or it could be just a way to reach out to the elderly, and it's not going to be out for a while. Plus, if that's coming around as a bundle or an integrated system, wouldn't it be more practical for PS3 owners to wait to buy a 360? It would probably be cheaper by then.

kharma452960d ago

I've thought about getting a 360 time and time again, but the game I wanted to get for it (L4D, Mass Effect, GoW) I ended up just getting on PC, and when Alan Wake finally releases I can get it on PC too, thus negating my need for a 360.

Chubear2960d ago (Edited 2960d ago )

Unless you're involved in the gaming industry in some manner (any manner) or you have a disability or disorder that keeps you mainly indoors a lot, I really dont' understand having multiple consoles.
To me those with mulitple consoles (that I didn't list above) have got to be uber nerds with no life and I'm sorry, I can't be that nerdy.

I'm having trouble keeping up with the games I want to experience on the PS3 already and it's just in it's 3rd yr. I have no clue how you could play all the games that these consoles have to offer to any worth while significance and still have anything resembling a normal healthy life style. Even if you're a teenager. I mean you'd have to be like WORK/SCHOOL-GAMING! that's it 24/7. We do have a wii in our house hold but it's not something I spend time on.

For me, I pick the what I think will be the best value for my gaming experiences and I roll with it adn this gen it's definitely the PS3. The head aches that come with the 360 are insane for me and I have no clue how consumers put up with the failure rate of that product.

agentace2960d ago

wow i thought this would be full of fanboy comments but its not, is the gaming world changing? or is it just the apocalypse?

darthv722960d ago (Edited 2960d ago )

I would say PS3 only gamers should at least should try it before passing their own judgment. I can say there are the obvious advantages to owning all systems but not everyone can afford such a lavish hobby.

UnwanteDreamz2960d ago

Good piece and I can't argue with the logic but I think you can still be a "real gamer" without owning both contrary to what some of the dual owners might say.

I do my best to not needlessly put down/bash the other guys. I just can't afford to expand on a hobby that takes time from my real life and money from my wallet. I seriously would never have a moment for the real world if I owned both.

I have a hard enough time juggling the wife, kids, bills, and latest games on one system. I have a list of 3 or 4 titles I haven't got the cash for now and an increasing library of games that in most cases I payed full price for. I can't buy a 360 but in a perfect world I have a 360 and a damn Wii. Well the Wii just for laughs.....

ultimolu2960d ago (Edited 2960d ago )

I don't *need* a 360 anymore. I have a capable PC.

I do want a Wii and a DS though. :)

FamilyGuy2960d ago (Edited 2960d ago )

I haven't read the article yet, just looking at that title...
I can't believe the title...
The title...


The only reason why i would "need" a 360 is if i were a hardcore sony fanboy and i REALLY wanted to have first-hand ammunition when telling people why the PS3 is better.
It's a games console, the only reason why i would need it is if it had some exclusives i just couldn't be without, and so far, it does not.

Okay, finished reading and it's an okay read but nothing i havn't read before. I still don't see the use for the word "need" in the title. I'm satisfied with my PS3 at the moment, a little overly so since I have so many games that i want to finish through single player and friends inviting me to so many different games it bothers me at times since i don' want to disappoint them AND so many more releasing that I want. A second console would only add to the situation but beyond that,
I don't see the point in shelling out addition money for something that is so similar (but at the same time less appealing/of lower technology/proprietary/expensi ve) to what i already have and am pleased with.
I can't justify buying a 360 by ANY means. It would be completely superfluous and it i was going to throw money at something a small HDTV for my backyard porch would come before this.

Maddens Raiders2960d ago


I'll stick with my awesome PS3, thank you very much, but thanks for the opinion piece.

FlamingBozo2960d ago (Edited 2960d ago )

I have both the 360 and PS3 and im not this awkward nerdy anti social nerd, im quite the opposite so i dont see why having two consoles is nerdy or geeky... Also the reason that im willing to just deal with the RROD is that theres so many good games that its worth the one week i dont have the console and anyways then i can catch up on a ps3 game i might have missed.... I still play all of my multiplatform games (except for burnout of course) on the 360 but theres there are then games that i cant wait for on the PS3 so its kinda needed for me to have both. Trust me if ur a ps3 user and you go buy a 360 u'll get your mind blown by how much better the online experience is on the 360( though it if you dont have any friends thats not going to be as true)

One thing that id suggest is don't just go out and say how you dont care about halo or gears, or any game at that matter unless u've actually played them... maybe u'd actually see that they're really good games, theres nothing wrong with liking both consoles, its not like your going to explode or anything.

menoyou2960d ago

No one needs a 360, for some it's just convenient to have one. You don't need a 360 to play most of its games. I play most of the 360s best games in better quality on my PC and the video card costs much less than the 360 console.

Prototype2960d ago

I had both at one point a year ago and I've decided to keep the PS3 mostly because of the selection of games that fit what I wanted; and because I have a 60 GB PS3 with backwards playability (now has a 500 GB HDD). The 360 did have some high points, however the only games I put some time in was Gears of War, GTA4, and Call of Duty 4. Personally unless Microsoft pulls something out of the air I do not plan on owning another 360.

And before people start assuming I didn't play many 360 games I did spend 12,000 pts on marketplace, and I did rent (not buy, but RENT) 1/3 of the entire game selection back then and no I did not like Mass Effect.

Alvadr2960d ago (Edited 2960d ago )

In the old days I used to buy multiplat titles on the 360.. That was until trophies came along.. Now I just cant bare to play a multiplat 360 game knowing that im missing out on my precious trophies.

Im still keeping hold of my 360 for Mass Effect 2. Cant think of any other use for it other than perhaps Alan Wake

Oh and the GTAIV 2xexpansion disc later this year. Deff getting that if it hasnt arrived on the PS3

JL2960d ago (Edited 2960d ago )

I'm actually in agreement with you (for the most part, aside from the not so subtle 'bashing'). I never did understand owning multiple consoles or the need for it either. I still have games for the PS3 that I need to go back and play, that I've missed. I just can NOT keep up with all the games for one console, so I can only imagine what I'd miss with two consoles to keep up with. And that's saying alot too, cause I am sort of a recluse. I enjoy just sitting at home in my spare time and whatnot. Fairly anti-social person. So I do partake in alot of gaming (and movies), yet STILL I can't find the time to play all the games I want that just my PS3 offers (and there are days that I will game for like 8-10hours or so----off days). Sony has never let me down, so I always go with the Playstation, knowing I will not be let down and will enjoy GREAT games, and LOTS of them too. Not to mention the cost of keeping up with two consoles. Hell with prices for games at what they are, I can't afford all the PS3 games I'd like to buy (and maybe get around to eventually playing). To all the people who say they do own both consoles and can keep up with both, then kudos to you. I just don't see how it's even possible. There's just not that many hours in a week. So I have NO need for another console, even if I was ever willing to give Microsoft any money. Granted there are a few games on the 360 that I wouldn't mind trying out, like Mass Effect and the upcoming Conviction (Halo is overrated--played it and ironically the few people I know that own a 360 all think the same, as for Gears don't 360 friends say it's fun, but shooters are a dime a dozen these days and it's not exactly my favorite genre in the first place), but I don't feel I'm really missing out cause I have more than enough to enjoy on my PS3 and too much to keep up with as it is.

Edit: Furthermore, I don't like this elitist attitude either of "any REAL gamer needs both consoles". Not true. I game on a regular basis (daily), so I'd consider myself a "real gamer", yet I have absolutely no need for a 360. Y'all multi-console owners need to get over yourselves. It's such elitist attitudes that spur on "wars" like the console one.

Traveler2960d ago

I own a 360 and it is definitely worth owning if you have the money and don't mind dealing with the reliability issues. But I'll be honest, the best combination to have is a PS3 and a PC.

I recently noticed that the only exclusives in my 360 library are Gears of War 2 and Halo 3. Aside from Fable 2, which I plan to get, everything else that interests me can be played on the PS3 or the PC.

The advantage to playing multiplatform games on the PC is that they are usually cheaper and they usually look and run better on even a middle of the road gaming PC than on the consoles.

Now, as far as the consoles are concerned, the reason I would choose the PS3 over the 360 is because there are tons of great games that can only be played on the PS3. If you don't have a PS3 you will miss out on all of those games, since there is no other place you can play them.

So, I would break it down like this:

If you can only own one console - PS3
If you can only own two platforms - PS3 & PC
If you can own three platforms - PS3, PC & 360
If you can own four platforms - PS3, PC, 360 & Wii

Owning a PS3 and a PC allows you to play over 90% of the best games at the best quality.

Microsoft Xbox 3602960d ago

In reality, no one needs a 360.

thesummerofgeorge2960d ago (Edited 2960d ago )

and I wouldn't wanna risk having a 360 crap out on me. Each gen I pick the console that I think has the best hardware and the most possibilities, that's worked out for me thus far.

Not to say I wouldn't like to have a 360, I just would never pay for one, at least not until they fixed the hardware issues.

Christopher2960d ago (Edited 2960d ago )

If BioWare was on the PS3 w/all their games, I wouldn't need a 360. 360 is nice, but the only game I've really played on it is Mass Effect, and I'm now playing it on my PC since it's a better experience. Otherwise, I get my third-parties on the PS3 and some good exclusives. I'm not into FPS/gorey-TPS all that much, so I'm not missing much w/o the 360. Oh, and Fable 2 completely disappointed me. I expected a lot more over the first Fable and it just didn't deliver for me like Oblivion and Fallout 3 did on consoles or The Witcher on the PC (can't wait to get their game on the PS3).

Tru_Ray2960d ago

I do not own a 360, but I have 31 PS3 games (not including all the games I have downloaded from the Playstation Network).

I have absolutely no intention of buying a 360, because the PS3 fulfills all of my gaming needs.

Does this mean I'm not a true gamer because I support one console very heavily?

FrankenLife2960d ago

My 360 is really good at collecting dust, and playing Rock Band. Except it doesn't always play Rock Band. The lens of the drive scratched a perfect ring into the disk so it only sometimes plays. There just hasn't been any exclusives since Fable 2 that interested me, at all. However I can't wait for the new Splinter Cell

Blogz4Fanboys2959d ago

no ifs or buts. theres games that only be played on it(same with the ps3)so if you love games and gaming, and are not tainted by the malady that seems to effect a large percentage of n4g..i:e fanboyism then you need to have a 360.

i've got both and it's a great combo! coupled with the fact that that i think this is easily turning into the best gen ever for gaming. being a multi=console owner is the way forward.