MIG: Should You Buy an Xbox 360?

If you already have a PlayStation 3, you may want to hold off on getting an Xbox 360. Both systems generally see releases of most games, and they both generally look and play well on either of the two systems. Additionally, both the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 retain the more important multimedia capabilities (such as movie stores, DVD playback and Netflix). Unless you’re truly in need of play the exclusive Fable or Halo series, you should have no problems sticking with Sony.

It has recently been announced that on-demand ESPN will be brought to the Xbox 360, and nothing has been said about its possible appearance on the PS3. However, because this is still an unreleased service, it’s impossible to determine whether or not this could influence your decision.

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Optical_Matrix3671d ago (Edited 3671d ago )

I have a PS3/Wii/DS and PSP. I don't like Gears and although Reach looks fantastic, it doesn't warrent the purchase of a £200 system plus another £40 JUST to play that one game online. So no ,I don't think it's for me.

deadreckoning6663671d ago (Edited 3671d ago )

I agree with you 100%. Reach is the ONLY 360 exclusive I'm interested in at the moment..but that alone isn't worth $200 bux for a 360 Arcade plus a yearly subscription fee. I'd like to play L4D as well, but I'm sure L4D3 will be out on PS3 considering Sony and Valve's relationship.

Lifendz3671d ago

but I'm a big Halo fan and after playing the Reach beta at a friend's house, yeah...I got a 360.

I didn't buy the new slim model. I don't think a 360 is worth that much. I got a non-slim Elite brand new for $150 USD. I sold ODLC and Forza, so I got a pretty good deal on Reach when I get it.

If you're not a Halo fan and you've gone this long w/o getting a 360, then you probably don't need to. I think we're nearing the end of the 360 lifecycle anyway.

Obama3671d ago

"I'd like to play L4D as well"

That's what a pc is for. I don't have a 360 either, but I have both the superior version of l4d1 and 2 on pc.

Red_Orange_Juice3671d ago

Actually for me it's Alan Wake, man I'd love to play it.

Hallmark Moment3671d ago

If you're a PS3 fanboy you shouldn't but for the people buying the 360 worldwide in drove you wont regret it.

Don't pay attention to PS3 fanboys and pro Sony media drivel about exclusives the 360 always ends up having just as many if not more each year.

omi25p3671d ago

you are going to get so many disagrees for saying that

kaos_fish II3671d ago

No more than the legendary drivel that you spew on this site day in and day out.

Care to name these numerous 360 exclusives?

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gamer20103671d ago

Let's see, the 360 has over 800 games, the PS3 has close to 500. There are tons of games on the 360 that are not on the PS3.

To assume everybody has or even wants a gaming PC is ludicrous.

To act like all the 360 has is Halo and Gears of War is disingenuous. Just because those are huge games that are highly visible does not mean that there aren't a ton of other games.

Every year the fanboys from the PS3 camp have tried to say that the 360 has a weak exclusive lineup, yet every year I have had plenty of exclusives to choose from. I actually bought more exclusives for my 360 this year than for my PS3.

Solstice3671d ago

So I guess that one year made the difference, huh?

cayal3671d ago

What are these tonnes of games you are talking about?

360 has a crap load of games in Japan that never see the light of day elsewhere.

gamer20103671d ago

No, it's not just because of the first year. If you go to metacritic you can see that the 360 has had more games released every year.
The 360 has over 800 games and the PS3 has over 400 games. Do you really think the 360 had that many games come out in its first year?
Quit using that as an excuse.

Besides, when the PS2 had the largest library we constantly heard that touted as one of the console's most defining positive qualities. Now that the 360 has the largest library we have to deal with drivel and excuse making about how only the most recent games matter.

But as I pointed out the 360 continues to have more games released per year. It also had a great lineup of games this year.

cayal3671d ago

"It also had a great lineup of games this year."


Optical_Matrix3671d ago (Edited 3671d ago )

So hold on Hallmark...because I don't want an Xbox 360 I'm a PS3 fanboy? Well that makes sense...By your logic anyone who doesn't like Halo or the 360's core franchises is a fanboy. I hate to break it to you but it doesn't work like that. Let me re-iterate. I have a Wii,PS3, DS and PSP which have franchises and games that I want to play. Why would I pay for an Xbox 360 when I don't want Halo, Gears or Fable and when I don't play games online enough to constitute £40 a year? You're such an idiot its unreal.

You say 360 ends up getting the same amount of exclusives as PS3. This wasn't the case in 2009 and certainly not in 2010. If I remember correctly, Splinter Cell, Mass Effect 2 and Metro 2033 can be played on PC. Crackdown 2, Halo Reach and Fable III are the only 360 exclusive games for this year. Where as on PS3 MAG, WKC, Heavy Rain, God of War III, Demons Souls (Europe), Little Big Planet 2, Gran Turismo 5 and 3D Dot Game Heroes are to be released or have already released.

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Longrod_Von_Hugendon3671d ago

I just can't pay for that online tax. If not for that absolutely.

pippoppow3671d ago

A rare exclusive here and there that wind up being timed exclusives most of the time, camera based party games focus and near the end of it's console cycle deem it a bad buy, not even including other negative factors.

I'd say get any other platform depending on tastes beside a 360. Want the best all around platform, get a PS3 and or PC. Want motion controls, get a PS3 or Wii. Want exclusives, get a PS3, PC or Wii and all have no pay to play tax.

Pistolero3671d ago

i must have dreamed about getting Alan Wake, Splinter Cell Conviction, Mass Effect 2, Fable 3, Crackdown 2 and Halo Reach this year.

if you want some good exclusives, the best multiplatform games, the best controller, the best online service and to get to play some games a year before you can on the PS3 then get a 360.
....if you want some good exclusives, inferior multiplatform games, an inferior online service and you like waiting to play amazing games like Bioshock and Mass Effect 2 then get a ps3.

pippoppow3671d ago

Alan Wake, crackdown 2 and Reach are exclusives. What does MS have for exclusives next year? Kingdoms and Gears 3?! Those games may go multi-platform. It's always a couple of exclusives with the rest being timed or multiplatform titles every year. MS had a good year this year but didn't the last 2 years and will not have good years the last 2-3 years before a new console is announced or they drop out of the console market. Bad time to buy a 360 near the end of it's cycle with shoddy hardware, lack of real exclusives, overpriced hardware and a ridiculous pay to play scheme for a mostly P2P service.

Yeah, Kinect is coming out...oh boy. Old camera low budget games in new skins.

Moonboots3671d ago (Edited 3671d ago )

So Pistol lists games this year, referring to the first commentor and what happens.

The goal posts get moved again from pippoppow and now it's "okay, well now what about next year".

Pistol you are wasting your time here. No matter how much you answer there is always something else.

Does he know PSN is mostly a P2P service as well?

Shoddy hardware, even though everyone has been praising the new hardware that just launched and I'm not hearing any massive failure rates.

End of it's life cycle, ignoring everything that MS has been saying to the contrary. And of course it's just auto-assumed that MS will kill the 360 the day new hardware launches. I mean they couldn't support 360 and a new system ala PS2/PS3 style.

It's always a couple exclusives and timed/multiplatform. How is this any different than Sony? E3 a ton of announcements, everybody puffing their chest out and then delay after delay.. The year ends up with a few exclusives and multiplats. I won't argue that Sony does push out more exclusives but not this big discrepancy as you imply and I've owned them since launch. The biggest thing I've noticed this year is how the games are scoring. Sony's recent exclusives have been home-runs MS have been scoring lower and some of the product feels down right rushed.

Sure Sony's plate looks a lot more full than MS when it comes to exclusives and MS could be doing a heck of a lot better but I've not been hurting for things to play.

Immortal3213671d ago

I stop reading there.

It should have said, If your considering on buying a gaming console, not consider getting an Xbox 360.

that makes the whole article bias.

Socrates3671d ago

Your statement is the one that is biased. People that are looking to buy a console should consider getting any of the three consoles. They all have something to offer and depending on a person's needs and tastes one or another might be the best fit.

People like you are a plague on gaming. You think your opinion is the only right one.

tinybigman3671d ago (Edited 3671d ago )

why do we keep getting these tired articles every week? if you like games i don't see what the problem is with owning all 3 systems for the great games each one has.

tinybigman3671d ago

fanboys or diehards supporters on both side in here sound like complete fools. why is it so hard for you people to just support all 3 systems for their great games instead of making up some stupid ass excuse for not owning them.

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tdogchristy903671d ago

I've owned one since 2006 and my ps3 since 2008 so I think I'm set :).

-Alpha3671d ago

The early years were the best reason to own a 360. However, I do find personally (though this is IMO), that the PS3 is the console to own now.

Troll_Police3671d ago

Alpha-Male22 speaks the truth.

Anon19743671d ago (Edited 3671d ago )

2007 was the year to have a 360. It was fantastic game after fantastic game. It seemed like every other game was pushing the envelop on what the 360 could do. Since then it's been fairly sparse in comparison while the PS3 seems to be the one pushing the boundaries with each exclusive getting better and better. The 360 kinda plateaued with Gears and only Gears 2 seemed able to give the first a run for it's money.

On top of that, I don't agree with paying $60 a year to simply game online like the developers intended the game to be played. It's like a gamer tax - only on the 360. That's just not cool when you consider both the competition don't charge anything for this "service". And most analysts feel the 360 is clearly in the downside of it's lifecycle. No sense getting a console that's on it's way out - especially when you consider it's the same price as a PS3 but without the Blu-Ray and with that gamer tax.

scofios3671d ago

I had my xbox in 2006 ( i couldn't wait for the ps3 to releas ) had a lot of fun with it , enjoyed a lot of games on it , call of duty 2 , gears , dead rising , lost planet 1, splinter cell da , graw 1,2 , rainbow six ,............., in 2007 ( releas in europe ) i bought my ps3 60gig , since then i mostly play with my ps3 ,and play with my 360 occasionaly when a good excluive came out like gears 2 , alan wake , splinter cell cv , multiplatforms i buy them for the ps3 , reason for that is the free psn , i like the option to play online free whenever i want without a subscription , but if i have to buy a 360 now i wont because there are only a few excluive's on the 360 that i realy want to play that is grears , i never liked halo games , i cant spend 250€ on a system for only a few games .

Pistolero3671d ago

you are so full of it, darkride....truly a 360 hater of the highest order.
it's true 2007 was a great year for the 360 but let's see how 2007 really compares to 2010...

2007 lineup...
Mass Effect
Forza 2
Blue Dragon
Eternal Sonata
Halo 3

2010 lineup...
Mass Effect 2
Metro 2033
Alan Wake
Splinter Cell Conviction
Crackdown 2
Fable 3
Halo Reach

Hmm...I'd say that's pretty close....actually I'd have to say I like 2010's lineup better.....and that's not even counting all the Kinect stuff for those that are interested in it.

you know, you guys lie to yourselves so much that I think you guys actually start to believe it.

scott1823671d ago (Edited 3671d ago )

Limbo? what is that?

Edit: never mind I looked it up, looks pretty pimp.

I don't own a 360 but i'll be honest, I would like one, just don't have the cash. I love my ps3 so that will do just fine!

KiRBY30003671d ago (Edited 3671d ago )

hey pistolero there's a bunch of multiplatform games in your list, as well as average ones to stay polite (crackdown 2 and metro, really?).

limbo is awesome though.

heroprotagonist3671d ago (Edited 3671d ago )


But PS3 fans would never include average games in their lists, right? Get real, you know they would. How many times have I seen MAG included in PS3 lists? Even though it actually scored lower than Metro 2033.

Moreover, one man's mediocre is another man's gem. I personally loved Metro 2033.

Another thing is, I doubt any console owner cares if a game they love is also on the PC. It doesn't actually affect anything. It's just a talking point for e-penis wars on the internet. Those are still games that owning your 360 allows you to play that you can't play on your PS3.

KiRBY30003671d ago (Edited 3671d ago )

when PS3 fans include average games in their list, they list 10 games, not 5.

"I doubt any console owner cares if a game they love is also on the PC. (...) Those are still games that owning your 360 allows you to play that you can't play on your PS3."

so you're saying I cant play Bioshock, Eternal Sonata or Mass Effect 2 on PS3?

also, half of the 360 games on your list are playable on PC. but PS3 is the only place you can play PS3 exclusives. its not about having a big e-penis. its about stoping overhyping the 360's line-up. not having a strong set of 1st party studio hurts the line-up and 3rd party timed exclusives are pointless.

ps: thx for the butthurt disagrees anyway

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SoulMisaki3671d ago

Seems you're the one being a 360 fanboy and ps3 troll of the highest order.

Last time I checked, both metro and crackdown were mediocre games, mass effect and metro also not being exclusives, and conviction was also on the pc.

Also, PS3 could easily double your list for 2010.

Socrates3671d ago

"Also, PS3 could easily double your list for 2010."

Not with anything good. GOW3, Heavy Rain, LBP2, GT5 are about the only significant games on PS3 this year. 360's lineup matches that easily.

Afro-Ninja23671d ago

"360's lineup matches that easily."

Care to tell me which titles? Because so far, ps3 owns 2010. Lack of true exclusives on the 360 is the problem. That and idiotic fees to play online when it's free everywhere else.

DarkBlood3671d ago

if you want to play great games from all system then yes u should get an xbox 360

Troll_Police3671d ago

If you already have a PS3 the Xbox will be a tough sell now with the extremely slim exclusive line up and increased subscription fee to play games online.

omi25p3671d ago

i got all three consoles this gen and my xbox gets the most use and i mainly play singleplayer games while talking to friends in party-chat thats the main reason why i use it more.

If ps3 gets cross game chat i think i will stick to buying multiplatformers for the 360. Because currently when playing games like uncharted 2s singleplayer i have my 360 on so i can be in party chat