The battle is raging in the next gen wars right now and no apparent victor is at hand. The next gen system has its own idea of what it is suppose to be and claims victory in certain categories. So this blog will break down some of the obvious pros and cons to each system and hopefully help you decide which system may be better for you. I try not to favor one console over another, but it is hard not to have a favorite when you enjoy a certain style of playing more than another. Each system boosts its exclusive games and superiority over the next in a certain area. It’s that certain area that will determine what console you might be looking for.
First off, you have the XBOX 360. This console has great graphics, a solid list of good exclusives (Halo series, Ninja Gaiden) and an online setup that is unbeatable. The 360 is backwards compatibility much like the PS2 was with the PS1 games and the PS3 is with its previous systems. The 360 does play the old XBOX games in a higher resolution and claims that the games are played in HD if you have your settings tuned to it. But the greatest thing about the 360 is the online aspect. The multiplayer and downloads are years away from anything else out there. You can get right into a game and play with any of your friends from the load up screen, or download new items, game demos, movies, T.V. shows, and other odd videos from the moment you turn on the system (if you’re hooked up online). If you’re a multiplayer guru who likes to challenge others from all over the world, the 360 is your ticket to a world wide tournament full of bragging rights.
The next system is the PS3. The Sony backed system claims to be visually superior to any other system out there. The graphics are stunning but not much more then that of the XBOX 360. You can see each shard of glass fall to the ground in Grand Theft Auto 4 but there really isn’t that much graphical difference. Sony doesn’t have the online set up like the 360 yet but claims it will. What the PS3 does have is a wider selection of games to choose from (including the previous systems games) and a large selection of system exclusives. Metal Gear, Resistance Fall of Man, and War Hawk are just a start of games made for this system only. The problem is that many games that were suppose to be exclusives have been released on the other systems due to the PS3’s poor sales and smaller gamer base. The other problem is that Sony does make a lot of promises and doesn’t always come through.
Finally the Wii is the third and final next gen system. This is the hardest system to find right now and by far is the most physically exhausting console ever to be made. The Wii has changed the face of gaming for many years to come. This console requires you to jump around, swing your arms, and try to catch your breath between load times. It will most definitely put your kids to bed early. The Wii has its own exclusives, which are pretty decent, but doesn’t really have a “must buy the system to play” game. Nintendo has a deal that any game can be made for their system. It doesn’t have to go through certain restrictions or testing to be sold under the Nintendo license. So you may have to wade through lots of games that are well below par to find one that you will like. The other next gen systems only allow some games to be sold after the game goes through testing and shows it’s at least got some good qualities. The Wii has sold far more consoles then any of the other systems and is still the hardest console to find. It’s cheaper on the pocket book, and has a better selection of kid games than the XBOX 360 and PS3.
I spend a lot of my time online, competing against other players from all over. I think that this is video gaming at is best. You’re not engaging a set of enemies that is scripted from the designers. You are fighting actual players thinking and organizing to ruin your day. All of the systems are good at what they do, but without doubt, some are overall better. But every player is looking for something specific when looking to buy their next system or game. The 360 and PS3 are closer in relation then the Wii is with either of the other two. I do feel that there is a superior system for this generation of gaming, but everyone has an opinion. So decide what you’re looking for and hopefully this brief description will help you make your choice.