Video Game System Comparison

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Video Game System Comparison


Just like the world of computers, video game systems are constantly getting better. New
technology developed specifically for video game systems is being coupled with other new
technologies, such as

DVD.

So how do the big
three match up against each other? Let's take a look at each system based on
specific criteria. We'll start with processors.


The PlayStation 3 has a processor that acts like a biological cell in an organism.


Sony PlayStation 3

The

PlayStation 3

uses a
Cell

processor. Developed by Toshiba and IBM specifically for the
game system, the concept behind this processor was to create a chip that acted like a biological
cell in an organism. It's distributed computing on a single chip. Cell processors can coopera
te
with each other, making it possible to create virtual supercomputers by linking multiple cell
processors together.


Xbox 360

The

Xbox 360's

processor is a customized Power
-
PC based CPU from IBM. It has three
symmetrical cores that run at 3.2 gigahertz (
GHz) each. This processor has a lot of horsepower,
but it lacks the Cell architecture of the PlayStation 3 design.


Nintendo Wii

The

Nintendo Wii's

processor isn't quite as impressive. It's an IBM Broadway 729 megahertz
(MHz) processor. While the chip isn'
t in the same league as its competitors, Nintendo executives
say the processor is more than powerful enough to provide a fun gaming experience.


Graphics

Next let's look at graphics.

They are what make the game so real for the gamers who play.

The
PlayStat
ion 3 uses an RSX graphics processing unit (GPU) that runs at 550 MHz. The Xbox 360
has a 500 MHz ATI GPU. The ATI Hollywood 243 MHz card powers the graphics for Nintendo
Wii. The PlayStation has the edge on the specs, though some gamers say they feel that

the Xbox
makes better use of its capabilities than the PlayStation. Meanwhile, Nintendo claims that the
company wants to focus more on making games fun and less on beefing up graphics.


Audio

Audio is a similar story. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 can pr
ovide Dolby

surround sound. The
Nintendo Wii can produce stereo sound and simulate surround sound, but again its specs fall
short of the other two.


Other factors

All three systems can connect to the Internet. Microsoft's

Xbox Live

service is arguably the
strongest presence in console Internet gaming, but Sony is trying to change that. Nintendo made
loyal fans very happy when it announced gamers would be able to purchase and download many
classic games to the Wii system. All three companies are also explori
ng social networking
applications through these video game systems.

The PlayStation 3 is also a

Blu
-
ray

DVD player, which might give it the edge over the other two
consoles. For people who want a Blu
-
ray player and a game system, the PlayStation 3 is a
tem
pting choice. Before the end of the high
-
definition disc wars, Microsoft released an external
HD
-
DVD drive that users could connect to its Xbox 360 console, but discontinued production in
February 2008 after the HD
-
DVD format gave up the ghost [source:

GamerScore Blog
]


How to choose:

For hardcore gamers, the choice usually boils down to either the PlayStation 3 or the
Xbox 360.
While the specs seem to favor Sony's console, other considerations like game libraries and online
play can lure gamers to Microsoft. Some gamers like to look at backwards compatibility
--

can the
new systems play the games designed for older syst
ems? The PS3 can play some games
designed for the original PlayStation but not PS2 titles. The Xbox 360 can play most Xbox games
but there may be compatibility issues with some games.

The Nintendo Wii is a different beast entirely. It appeals to casual gam
ers
--

people who aren't
necessarily interested in devoting hours of time to hone their skills and become gaming masters.
Hardcore gamers can enjoy Wii games too. While the 360 and PS3 satiate gamers' bloodlust, the
Wii seems to have a more broad appeal.

W
hich video game console will reign supreme? Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo all claim that their
respective console will sell the most units. But no matter which company comes out on top, it's
safe to say that all gamers are winners.



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