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Old 11-02-2009, 03:12 PM   #1
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I'm not a huge gamer, but now that I'm getting close to having my basement "theater" done I have the urge for a driving sim on a 100" screen. The projector is a Panasonic PT-AE3000, so it'll handle anything a console can throw at it.

I already have a blue-ray player, and don't care to use the console for anything other than gaming. Opinions on what to get? Do both use HDMI for connectivity?

I'm doing more research than asking here, but I find some of you mt.net people have decent opinions too.

Basically I want it for driving sims and FPS games.
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Old 11-02-2009, 03:21 PM   #2
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If you enjoy playing online (or think you might) with other folks, then XBOX. There's just so many folk out there, especially the FPS/Halo type of games. And usually you can get sucked into a game or two per year, costing about $120 in games, unless you get bored easily and move on.
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Old 11-02-2009, 03:21 PM   #3
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XBOX 360 Elite.

Better variety of games, better online, better overall system. Only thing is the xbox tends to have issues more than the PS3. But once you have a good one, your good to go. Make sure if you get an xbox you read up on the differences between the power bricks and the DVD drives. I have the newest elite (got it off amazon) and have no problems with it so far. However over the years I have had 4 regular 360's I had to either sell or send back for repair, and my last elite **** the bed. That's the biggest issue with them, other than that, its the better system. IMO that is.
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Get a 360 Arcade since it uses the Jasper chipset, and doesn't seem to have the red ring issue that my other 2 360's had over a 6 month period, and is only $199, plus buy a used HDD for another $40. I used to be a Playstation fanboy, and did own a PS3 for a long time, but after I played the few games I purchased the console for, mostly being Metal Gear Solid 4, I had no use for it. 360 has the better online gaming and probably a better choice of games overall for most people, though I think that the PS3 graphics are superior. I have yet to see a 360 game compare to some of the PS3 exclusive games. With the PS3 being so cheap now, its really hard for me to justify one way or the other. When it was still $399 when I bought one, I would have said 360 for sure, but now the 360 and PS3 aren't priced too far apart. I think for racing sims, GT5 will probably beat Forza 3, though I am plenty happy with Forza 3 so far. PS3 also has some good shooters, but the 360 also has good shooters that are probably more popular. Just look over the game choices before you make your decision. PLUS, another big thing is that Sony has Blu-Ray, 360 does not. That was a deciding factor for me, though I never even used it. So really for the money, I think the PS3 is actually the better value, but 360 probably has more games.
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Xbox all the way. I had mine for 4 years now with no issues
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Jay, I don't know your age but; fwiw, I bought a PS3 for my sons because it gave me a chance to also use it as a blue ray dvd player.

My oldest son (married and living on his own) bought a 360 and loves it.

Sorry I just saw you don't want it for anything to do with blueray (fire away)
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You can use HDMI on both consoles. I vote 360 for the reasons listed above. I love mine, when I get to play it that is.
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Old 11-02-2009, 05:22 PM   #8
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I was expecting to be convinced that the XBOX360 was the way to go. But the more I look into it and decide what is important and what isn't my decision isn't so clear.

The two big things that don't matter to me are:
- Blue-Ray
- Online play

As stated previously I already have a blue-ray solution for the HT. Online play, I can't handle having my *** handed to me by 6 year old kids all day long. I did the online thing with the PC years ago, it just isn't for me.

My biggest concern about the xbox is reliability. PS3 seems to be solid. I have trouble investing in a console that very will likely take a **** and be useless. I'm an IT guy, and my opinion of MS is not that great. I also like that upgrading the HD in the PS3 is trivial, don't know about the xbox.

As for games, I've been out of the gaming market for so long I don't even have a clue what is hot. I like killing and driving. So the catalog of games on each console is difficult for me to have an opinion on. The GT series of games have been a favorite of mine in the past, haven't play the Forza series. I think the last driving sim I played on an xbox was Project Gotham Racing. With GT5 looking to come out soon, that might be enough to make my decision.

Thanks for the input, keep it coming!
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You can use HDMI on both consoles. I vote 360 for the reasons listed above. I love mine, when I get to play it that is.
I assume that audio is supported over HDMI on the consoles? As you can tell I haven't a clue

The other thing I have to consider is my equipment rack will be behind my seating position. I know the PS3 uses bluetooth so that won't be an issue. What does the xbox use?
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PS3 I mean only if your an adult and have had sex.
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PS3 I mean only if your an adult and have had sex.
I am and I do.
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I am and I do.
PS3. I have had both and to summarize

Xbox has better online play, better controller, noisy, and ugly
PS3 better games (imo), quieter, blu ray, and better looking

Returned the Xbox and kept the PS3
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both consoles have been redesigned for reliability and the new ps3 slim is supposedly much quieter and cooler than its predecessor.

that said, it's really about the games you like.
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PS3. I have had both and to summarize

Xbox has better online play, better controller, noisy, and ugly
PS3 better games (imo), quieter, blu ray, and better looking

Returned the Xbox and kept the PS3
I'm sorry, but you can't beat the PS Dual Shock design. Its been mostly unchanged through three consoles for a reason... I find the 360 controller bulky and uncomfortable. Though after having used a 360 for a while, going back to the PS3 controller felt weird. I agree with the rest of what you said. I probably prefer PS3 games, but most people would probably enjoy the games that 360 has to offer.
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Xbox controllers are also radio, so that's not a problem. IMO, the biggest reason to get a PS3 is the on-board blu-ray.

As far as audio goes, that depends on the rest of our equipment. Assuming you have a hdmi-capable a/v receiver, you'll run hdmi from your source devices (b-r, gaming system, and sat box) to your receiver, and then hdmi from receiver to projector. You will not need to run any separate audio cables.*

*In 99.99% of circumstances
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buy both
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Xbox controllers are also radio, so that's not a problem. IMO, the biggest reason to get a PS3 is the on-board blu-ray.

As far as audio goes, that depends on the rest of our equipment. Assuming you have a hdmi-capable a/v receiver, you'll run hdmi from your source devices (b-r, gaming system, and sat box) to your receiver, and then hdmi from receiver to projector. You will not need to run any separate audio cables.*

*In 99.99% of circumstances
I've got a Denon 2908, so I'm all set for HDMI. I'm trying to keep everything HDMI for my whole setup. I like a very clean install.
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PS3 all the way.

I would never pay money for a piece of **** FagBox 360 ever. I've had 3 friends who have had failures and some have gone through as many as 3 FagBox 360s. Even my next door neighbor(who rents his house as a vacation home) just switched to a PS3 becuase the FagBox he had decided to **** out on some renters while they were staying there.

The online play for the PS3 is actually really, really good despite what some losers say. Games are better and everything in general is just BETTER.

Also the internet browser is great for turning your t.v. into a giant porno box
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xbox rules I believe it's more of a younger geared console not like a Wii but not as "serious" as the PS3 it's right in the middle
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PS3 all the way.

I would never pay money for a piece of **** FagBox 360 ever. I've had 3 friends who have had failures and some have gone through as many as 3 FagBox 360s. Even my next door neighbor(who rents his house as a vacation home) just switched to a PS3 becuase the FagBox he had decided to **** out on some renters while they were staying there.

The online play for the PS3 is actually really, really good despite what some losers say. Games are better and everything in general is just BETTER.

Also the internet browser is great for turning your t.v. into a giant porno box

I've gone through 6!!! And I still keep coming back. XBOX has been good as far as warranteeing their 360s (for me). They've extended my Live! subscription each time I'm down, apologize profusely (thanks Apu at the Mumbai call center!), and only gave a little push back about warranteeing it once.

All-in-all, customer service was top-notch. Yeah, it sucks being down. However, the game play online is fun as heck, even if there are a bunch of annoying people all over the world.

I equate the PS3 to the Apple fanbois: you rarely hear complaints, the stuff is pretty solid (much better than the 360), better technology, etc. HOWEVER, everyone else is using XBOX Live!.....so, I'll put up with the inferior, buggier, funner stuff.
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