Mass Effect 2 Graphics Comparison: PS3 vs Xbox 360 vs PC

A video comparing side by side screens of Mass Effect 2 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

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Substance1012697d ago (Edited 2697d ago )

Its not just about the Graphics, while the PC is ahead in terms of graphics due to 1080p, PC also offers the smoothest frame rate. Constant 60fps without dips is very important, both the consoles are running between 25-30fps.

Also worth noting it doesnt require a high end PC to run this max out, an entry level one costing 500usd will do just that.

DualConsoleOwner2696d ago

but i rather sit down and relax when i play.

also, 50 inch plasma is huge plus as well.. not to mention trophies/achievements.

Therefore, i prefer console. And PS3 is the best choice in this case.

not only for this game, but for just in general.

PS3 is the best choice of console because

1. best game line up.
2. Best multimedia.
3. Free online.
4. Near PC graphics on console.

Ranshak2696d ago (Edited 2696d ago )

Its not hard connecting a PC to a plasma, there is this thing called HDMI port which graphics cards have been coming with since the last 3-4 years, Looks just like the one on consoles.

1. Best Game line up is subjective everyone has thier opinion, 95% games are multiplat anyways. Also Consoles are missing 2 very important Generes RTS, MMO.
2. PC has the best multimedia, consoles are only playing catch up.
3. PC has free online, and has features that console gamers would wish for. (still waiting on that cross game chat features?)
4. Sorry but its not near PC graphics on console.

Lastly the PC version of Mass effect 2 was up for sale on steam for 5 usd, now thats the killer. PS3 version is just too expensive. Xbox 360 version also cant be had less then 20usd.

DualConsoleOwner2696d ago (Edited 2696d ago )

1. when you look at quality games(AAA) titles, about 1/3 of AAA games are EXCLUSIVES
PS3 got MMOs.
2. 50 inch plasma for consoles. how many people do you think has PC hooked up to TV??
3. nice try trolling?? PC doesnt have PSN or XBL. playing SC2 and want to send msg to someone playing MW2?? Lol.
4. sure after investing like a grand. talking console price here.

all those matter very little. PS3 does have better exclusives. and i am using meta and gameranking review scores here.

Every 2 AAA title, there is one AAA exclusive.

and games are whats most important.

Ranshak2696d ago (Edited 2696d ago )

1. Every platform has its share of AAA exclusives, and no ones stopping anyone from owning multiple platforms. PS3 doesnt have a MMO that can compare to WOW keep trying. Best MMO out theere is WOW.

2. I know a couple of friends who have who have PCs attached to Tvs, however again its an option the PC does offer so you cant write it off as not being available.

3. Actually with steam installed you can cross game chat with any of your buddies regardless of what games they are playing. You need to research before you troll. In fact with Steam i could be playing a game on my PC then pressing Shift tab to type this post, then get back in the game, thats how convienient things are on PC.

4. To outperform consoles you only need a system worth 500usd. a Grand is 2006 pricing when consoles were 600usd. You really need to research current hardware prices, you can get an awesome rig for 500usd, later on Prices on PC games drop darn fast, that easily makes up the price difference between PC and console.

Again no ones stopping you from owning multiple platforms and its subjective on which exclusives you think are better. I personally like uncharted but thats about the only exclusive i like on the PS3, nothing else appeals to me, but thats just me. Most games out today are multiplat.

kaveti66162696d ago

"Its not hard connecting a PC to a plasma"

herp derp yes it is bro. it's so hard to connect a wire to a port, bro. I'd rather sit down on a couch, herp derp.

Why should I search for parts on newegg, bro? I'd rather buy a computer from the HP website bro. If it costs too much that means the PS3 is a better choice, derp.

Ok I'm done.

Kamikaze1352696d ago

1. AAA games are nothing but an opinion of a game. If you think highly of it, it's a AAA game to you. Who's dumb enough to go by Metacritic to call a game AAA game when they haven't tried it out? Nobody

2. He's saying it's easy to do so. VERY easy, in fact. I know a bunch of people with gaming PCs hooked up to a LCD and plasma.

3. PC has Steam. Also, PCs have SOFTWARE! People can use AIM, Yahoo, MSN, etc. Same goes for Macs.

4. NOPE, nice try. It's nowhere near a grand to get better than console graphics on PC. $700 at the very most. Somebody build a PC that maxed out Crysis for $300...saw it on Youtube a few days ago. A grand gives you the sort of graphics you'll see in next gen consoles.

peowpeow2696d ago (Edited 2696d ago )

While I agree with Ranshak here, notice DualConsoleOwner said "PS3 is the best choice of console because"

Ah well, he is still arguing against the PC though..

MAJ0R2696d ago (Edited 2696d ago )

"near PC graphics on consoles"

too bad u posted that at the end of your post because I could have stopped reading there

StbI9902696d ago (Edited 2696d ago )

Lol s these guys pushing pc down our throats...WHY would anyone pay double the amount of money only to play games with better graphics? and not to play games that will NEVER see the light of your lightning asshole day? god of war 3 anyone? gear of war 3 anyone? halo 3 anyone? what about forza 4 anyone? GIVE ME A BREAK, OR better yet, break yourselves already over this tiny fact.

COMPARING a customizable RIG to a 5 year olds rig? ok, I will take you guy as joking, since a 5 years old RIG is actually doing what the pc "hence you" does better? games? chat? multimedia? and all that for holy 300 soon to be 250/200 and below GRANDS, compared to a overheating piece of machinery that only cause cancel in the long term LOL.

Yeah, you two, do your research, pc will never become the gaming spotlight, no matter how nuked are these graphics loaded... just for what the like of you already stated.

Mainstream user dont want a lot of wire and crap for simply playing games, they want simplicity, that is why facebook is on the throne homies.

Plus NGP > PC anyday, let alone the ps3.xbox360.wii, and if ever reach to happen, the ps4, xbox 720, will take charge to put people like yourselves in position, bye bye PC trolls.

BattleAxe2696d ago

@ Ranshack

The only problem with you comment, and what DualConsoleOwner is trying to say, is that with PS3 you can sit back with a controller and play ME2. Only the KB/M is supported natively on PC.

-Alpha2696d ago (Edited 2696d ago )


You sadly represent the height of common ignorance people have about PC Gaming.

I love how when the FEW times PC gamers come out they are called trolls or shoving down religion. Yet I can't remember the countless times I've heard how superior one console is over the other.

Truth must hurt.

AndrewRyan2696d ago

Ok guys. Just look above me, see the name Stbl990? He is the reason why console owners have a bad rep for being uneducated people who watch fox news.

StbI9902696d ago

Have an agree for the chill mate, but pc gaming doesn't do it for me and won't be doing for the likes of me for a long time.

Lest that the ps4, next xbox become a pc itself.

Lol at the MMO missing on consoles.

RPG > MMO any day homies.

RTS?...yeah time to go out and take some soon light.

fooltheman2696d ago

You do forget that Wow is already 5 years old or older... it's the best mmo because it's so polished...

New MMo's can't give that polish in there years of release...

The real killer2696d ago (Edited 2696d ago )

I have one question for the disagree clickers, can you also arue about it?


PS3 Grafcihs is almost near PC if not the same, the PC has only in edge if we speaking about 1080p resolutions nothing more.

I'm also PC fanatic gamer, but i will make self not blind be act like a fanboy. PC games don't use all the power from the GPU or CPU.

OT: PC is still the better vesrion.

RedDead2696d ago (Edited 2696d ago )


If you did any research at all you would realise the best Rpg lineup for this year is on the Pc....

Really, if you wanna try troll the PC. Atleast put some effort into it, your embarrassing all the other gamers here....

imvix2696d ago


You just owned your self. Best RPGS of recent years:

Witcher (PC exclusive)
Oblivision (the game isnt what it is without the mods)
Dragon age (again PC version was the version to play)
Risen (PC version was the best again)
Fall out 3(looks like a different game on PC and all the mods again)
Fall out vegas (same as above)

Upcoming RPGs

Witcher 2 (probably the best RPG of this year PC exclusive)
Dragon Age 2 (again will be best on pc along with the mods).
Dungeon Siege 3
Elder scrolls 5 (if the modding community does to this what they did with oblivion it will be no contest).
Risen 2

PC easily is the best platform for RPGS.

roflcopters2696d ago

"2. 50 inch plasma for consoles. how many people do you think has PC hooked up to TV??"

I do and so do many PC owners i know. just because you have a shitty dell with integrated graphics sitting in your back room doesn't mean everyone else does.

Bhai2695d ago

And PCs are missing the most important genre... "Fighting Games"!!!

Bye PC... Hello there MORTAAAL KOMBAAAT!!!

reynod2695d ago


You mean the countless rehashes of fighting games, I am sure a PC gamer can get his fix from the countless Arcade emulations, PS2 emulations, Snes etc.

I personaly Played Marvel Vs capcom arcade version on PC via Mame.

Even then its not like PC doesnt have Fighting games, we recently got Street fighter 4.

Also no ones stopping you from owning multiple platforms.

Darkfiber2695d ago

Hey guess what, I can sit down and relax in front of my 50 inch TV when I play on my PC, too! Imagine that, you can hook up a computer to a TV. Are you really that ignorant that you don't realize that function exists?

YodaCracker2695d ago (Edited 2695d ago )

@DualConsoleOwner "all those matter very little. PS3 does have better exclusives. and i am using meta and gameranking review scores here. Every 2 AAA title, there is one AAA exclusive."

I decided to take a look at the highest rated PS3 games on Metacritic to see if you were right. I found that out of the 20 highest rated games, only 4 were exclusives (Uncharted 2, LittleBigPlanet, MGS4, GOW3). That is far less than one exclusive out of every two titles, but 1/5.

I did the same quick experiment for the Xbox 360. I took the top 20 highest rated titles and found that again, only 4 were exclusives (Gears, Halo 3, Gears 2, Forza 3). 1/5 again.

Overall, I found that out of 30 AAA games, the PS3 has 9 exclusives, and out of 35 AAA games, the Xbox 360 had 11 exclusives.

This was all from Metacritic.

Ducky2695d ago

"3. nice try trolling?? PC doesnt have PSN or XBL. playing SC2 and want to send msg to someone playing MW2?? Lol. "

I found that amusing.
Goes to show how much you actually know about PC gaming.

OT: Pointless comparison is pointless. The games runs and looks well on all platforms. I don't get a kick out of knowing I'm getting a slightly better experience than someone else.

hoops2695d ago

"PS3 Grafcihs is almost near PC if not the same, the PC has only in edge if we speaking about 1080p resolutions nothing more."

Real Killer it's not even close. When the PS3 can render HDR in FP above 10/12 (PC's go as high as 128 in game and do not use hacks like NAO32 which consoles use...It's not real HDR) running real AA (not post processing MLAA) using Tessellation (Which the PS3 does not support in hardware at all) then you can talk.
So thats not a EDGE as you claim...stating its only resolution? I just named three MAJOR areas that make PC games look better. Especially tessellation which you can read here what it does as you have no idea what it does.

Ask yourself why textures for the PS3 and Xbox360 for most games are mixed with low and high resolution samples? It's not just resolution that the PC's beat out these aging consoles, it's hardware capabilities as I just mentioned above. And thats just a sample of what these PC's have over consoles in features to make games look better. There are much more. You claim to be a "fanatic" PC gamer...If you WERE then you would KNOW this and would not have commented as you did.

Until then the PS3 like the Xbox360 is not close to the PC in any way shape or form when it comes to graphics....unless they screw up th PC version to keep it on level with the PS and Xbox360.

visualb2695d ago

nice comparisson, but PC will take the cake

oh and I prefer playing on consoles too =)

I don't need to justify it, its a personal preference

I also prefer oranges to apples, just because I do, its a personal preference as well =)

Brewski0072695d ago

Fanboys will come and go, These articles will always appear, Points will be made, people will be mad, keyboards will be battered, Trolls will be slain and nothing will ever change...
The war rages on. . .

mrv3212695d ago

MOST CARDS COME WITH A HDMi port, MOST TV's come with a PC port.

I'd rather play it on my 63 inch plasma at 1080p ;)

jony_dols2695d ago

From my own experience,
The easy to use nature of console gaming provides
a lot less headaches than PC gaming.

I know what I'm getting with the console games,
I don't have worry about my graphics card not being 100% compatible or my game closing down because of a framework or client error of some other bullshit.

The standardisation of consoles, means I put in my disk and I play. Easy.

Nagazi2695d ago

I have to agree with everything Ranshak said, PC is the best way to go. The only reason there's a lack of AAA exclusives compared to consoles is the rampant amount of piracy on PC. I have both an Xbox 360 and a PS3 so I can still play those exclusives on both. I much prefer the 360, my ps3 has been collecting dust for months now.

Also, I don't recommend gaming on a plasma screen. Image retention happens far too quickly and takes a long time to get rid of. LCD's are a much better choice for gaming, and I have my PC hooked up to my LCD TV.

PS3 has only a few MMO's, DCUO being the first one to come out in years. And with BioWare's next big game, The Old Republic, coming out in a few months, the only way to enjoy that experience is on PC. And I guarantee TOR is going to be one of the greatest gaming experiences of all time. The budget is 300 million after all.

Ares84PS32695d ago

When it comes to graphics PC will always win. It always has better/newer hardware than the consoles and you can connect your PC to your HDTV was well.

However it takes much too long to find optimal settings for each game that you want to play and PC gaming is a hassles sometimes as opposed to console gaming which just requires you to insert the disc and ready to go.

I'm not sure what kind of PC would be needed to run this game on max since I haven't chacked the requirements but I know this; I got a brand spanking new PC when Crysis came out. I paid $1500 just for the PC itself. Not counting the monitor, keyboard/mouse, speakers, etc.

I think everyone should buy this game for the system they feel the most comfortable with. For me it's the PS3 and I'm happy with that.

What PC guys don't want to understand is not everyone loves to play around with settings for hours and tweek graphics cards, mother boards and other stuff in order to maximize performance. Not everyone has the patiance for that kind of stuff. Some of us just want to insert the disc and play. That's all.

I could build a PC if I wanted too. I did it in the past. I built PC's for myself and friends and family as well. Most people I know personally I built their PC's. But I gave up on PC gaming to to the hassle.

For me nothing beats the comfort of a console.

duplissi2695d ago

hey! hey! lets all hug and be friends.....

look pc gaming doesnt do it for everyone. some people prefer to sit down and just put the game in. Pc generally isnt that simple youve got to install, set up adjust settings (ensure its a the right res or an adequate res), fiddle with control options if you wanna use a controller. also you have to take into consideration the higher level of involvement and maintenance to keep playing games.

frostypants2695d ago

There is no nice way of putting this, so I'll just say it: hooking a PC up to your main TV is the epitome of dorkdom. I have too much pride for that.

SuicideShaun2695d ago

Number 4 is not true. But you do know that steam had achievements before consoles right?

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04soldier2694d ago

When did the PC fanboy emerge all of a sudden here at N4G....?

Darkfiber2694d ago

How does it make one a "fanboy" for thinking that mouse and keyboard controls are better for shooters than a controller? I thought that was pretty much common knowledge.

04soldier2694d ago

From my perspective playing with both keyboard and mouse vs the controller.

The mouse & keyboard may give better accuracy but the controller is more comfortable. Every Pc game I play I have to be hunched over my keyboard keying in hot keys.

While on the other hand every button on the controller is accessible within millimeters from each of my fingers as I lean back in my recliner sipping a beer.

The Controller has been around for a long time y'know...? Theres a reason its popular...

Darkfiber2694d ago

Meh, accuracy causing me not to die because of clumsy controls makes games more fun to me than a slight bit of comfort. Not to mention that fact that there are wayyyy more hotkeys available, making everything in the game easier to use and access than trying to map stuff to a controller. A lot of games suffer because of this.

And mouse and keyboards have been around longer than controllers and we still continue to use them, there's a reason why they are popular as well :P

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pain777pas2695d ago (Edited 2695d ago )

If you put all at 1280*720 resolution PS3 will come out on top. The PC version looks sharp on higher resolutions and will look better than the PS3 no doubt because I downloaded the Steam demo and I was right. The PS3 version definitely has been enhanced. Set the brightness so you can barely see the N in the graphics options on the PS3. Turn on everything on the PC and set to 1280*720 and you will see a marked difference especially in the level up screen. That looked night and day. Now the engine thing. This is not a polygon bump engine tweak. ME1? I tried to play it again on PC is the same engine as ME2 save some lighting changes and less motion blur. The polygon count hasn't changed at all. The lighting definitely has. The game is brighter in general. ME1 looked great in 1080p and is some ways looked better because you couldn't see some things in great detail. ME2 is the no hiding games under neon lights. You have to bring it now because of Uncharted and Crysis where in bright daytime scenes the game looks amazing and that is very hard to do. No shadows amd no neon lighting. Your engine either has what it takes or it doesn't.

chainer30002695d ago

Yeah, this is a very stupid article. Obviously the PC version is superior. I've played ME on the 360, PC, and now ME3 on the PS3 - several times through on each (I'm obsessed with Bioware like people used to be with Squaresoft). The PC is far, far superior - at least that was my experience as I have a decent rig, good enough to play with almost everything maxed. The PS3 has a slight edge over the 360, and that's that. Enough of these stupid articles. Do you guys actually still care?

The game is out for EVERYONE now, just friggin play it.

MarcusFenixITA2695d ago

Name a game on PC that comes close to Uncharted 2, God of War 3 or soon Killzone 3. Maybe there are few technical advantages the PC has but nearly no game on Computer looks as impressive as the games I mentioned above - it hurts, but it's true.

clearelite2695d ago (Edited 2695d ago )

You are right in a way. Just because a game is running at a higher resolution doesn't mean it looks better. There are very few games on PC that actually take advantage of the powerful hardware lately. That's why you see people mentioning the same games over and over again(no lie). Games from YEARS ago on PC like crysis are still mentioned frequently.

"my 1080p Black Ops looks so much kewler on my PC than your 720p killzone on your giant LED TV" yea okay

True, PCs are more powerful these days, but if I had to choose between a PC and a PS3, I would take the PS3 without hesitation. Fortunately I can have both.

As for ME2, I might end up getting it on PS3 and PC if I like it. It's cheap for PC.

mephixto2695d ago (Edited 2695d ago )

Uncharted 2, God of War 3 or Killzone 3 would look 4x times better running on a PC -it hurts, but it's true. FYI all console games are created on PC's with devkits.

SuicideShaun2695d ago

Crysis, metro 2033, the list keeps going.

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SnakeMustDie2696d ago

PC is definitely superior. What a useless argument.

gamingdroid2696d ago (Edited 2696d ago )

Yeah, the PC version is by far the superior version in almost every way.

Let's see then:

a) Game Price? PC
b) Graphics? PC
c) Performance? PC
d) Load time? PC
e) Number of Discs? PC/PS3 (both have a digital versions, although I suspect Xbox 360 will get it soon too making this whole point moot for those that care)
f) Supports Cross Game Chat? PC (through Steam or other third party application)/Xbox 360
g) Cost of platform? Xbox 360 at entry level price of $200
h) Rewards such as Achievement/Trophies? Xbox 360/PS3

There you have it, unless you don't have a moderate PC or want those rewards, then the PC is the best version to get in basically all aspects.

Like it or not, it's a fact!

fooltheman2696d ago

... entry level 200 dollars...for what a Arcade? lol

imvix2696d ago

We cant really count the Xbox at 200usd or 300usd. Since it also has charges to go online.

So for the Xbox i would count it as

360usd for standard addition (reoccuring 60usd every year) So if we take a life cycle of 5 years atleast, then the Xbox costs more then a entry PC.

Same can be applied to an arcade.

Now if people are gonna argue that they dont want to go online. Well then you just lost a big feature that this gen of consoles does offer.

theIMP2695d ago

@ imvix
I agree somewhat but the fact of the matter is the game in question doesn't need to be online. So in this particular case I don't think your point is valid.

chainer30002695d ago

ME2 has it's own set of in-game achievements, same on every system. You can view them on the Normandy in Shepard's cabin.

mrv3212695d ago

You NEED a PC/Laptop for living... whip a HD5750 in it for less than $200 and achieve good graphics.

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Inside_out2695d ago (Edited 2695d ago )

It's simple...Mass Effect 2 cost $19.99 on 360 and a new 360 S cost $150-200 ( paid $130 this holiday ) closed.

I understand people like to say how great the PC is and in alot of ways it's great...but it's not a plug and play system. No two PC's are the same. Yes, when every thing is optimized and you have downloaded the latest updates and drivers and received a degree from some tech school some where so you can run games on medium settings it's awesome...O_o

Last time I checked, Alan wake, Halo Reach, Fable 3, Forza, crackdown, all the Kinect stuff and Gears was up and running on a $150 optimizing necessary...better yet, millions have had the exact same experience. What game on PC looks anywhere near this...

If you love the PC and gaming on the PC...great. Stop telling everybody how great your $500 graphics card is...nobody cares at least not here.

Nintendo Wii is a 480p system that doesn't even play DvD''s sold 85+ million and counting.

Baba19062696d ago

gosh... who cares. buy whatever version y ou want, its an awesome game. and you wont play the games next to each other on different systems so who cares about how they look next to each other =D. I bet you wont notice it when playing it. at least not how much better the one or the other looks.

m23452696d ago

oh for heaven's sake...why does this matter?


StbI9902696d ago (Edited 2696d ago )

This ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Disagreing with the most factual fact in this silly argument that only pc gamers seem to carry over and over?...does the pc version has any different end that I don't know about? guess no, next.

TKCMuzzer2695d ago

Lol, I think many people disagree because its a button that can be clicked.

AJ Hartley2695d ago Show