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The PS3 is the next iteration of Sony’s phenomenally successful Playstation brand. It will be a direct competitor to the Xbox 360 and in many ways will be identical in technology and service. While the system is not on the market yet, there is released information on the system’s spec and the much talked about Cell Processor.

    PS3 specsPS3
    • PowerPC-base Core @3.2GHz
    • 512KB L2 cache
    • 7 x SPE @3.2GHz
    • Total floating point performance: 218 GFLOPS
    • RSX @550MHz
    • 1.8 TFLOPS floating point performance
    • Full HD (up to 1080p) x 2 channels
    • Dolby 5.1ch, DTS, LPCM, etc. (Cell-based processing)
    • 256MB XDR Main RAM @3.2GHz
    • 256MB GDDR3 VRAM @700MHz
    • Main RAM -- 25.6GB/s
    • VRAM -- 22.4GB/s
    • 2 TFLOPS
    • Dolby 5.1ch, DTS, LPCM, etc. (Cell-based processing)
    • Screen size: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
    • Blu-ray Disc: PlayStation 3 BD-ROM, BD-Video, BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE

    System comparisonPS3

    • The Xbox 360 features a triple core 3.2 GHz processor, while the PS3 features what is believed to be a more powerful and complicated single core 3.2 GHz processor.
    • The Xbox 360 and the PS3 will both support most HD resolution formats. This will allow them to display a much sharper graphical image then possible on previous platforms.
    • The Xbox 360 is believed to not be able to display as many on-screen objects as the PS3, though there is no confirmation on this.

    Winner: The PS3 has not been released onto the market as of the time, it is widely believed that the PS3 will be the slight winner in terms of graphics.

    • The Xbox 360 and the PS3 will both support 5.1 surround sound audio as a standard on each platform.
    • The Xbox 360 has the ability to let the user create custom soundtracks using their own music for play in their games. It is so far unknown whether or not PS3 will in fact support this option as well.

    Winner: The Xbox 360 is the winner of this category at the moment, since it lets users create their own custom soundtracks.

    • The Xbox 360 and PS3 both support wireless controllers with the PS3 having the supposed advantage of supporting seven controllers compared to the Xbox 360 which supports four.
    • The Xbox 360 supports the unified online service Xbox Live, while the PS3 is also supposed to launch with a competing service. The details of the service are not known at this time.
    • The Xbox 360 integrates with your Windows Media Center PC for music and video streaming onto your television monitor. As of this time it is not known what “outside the box” capabilities the PS3 will officially support.
    • The Xbox 360 is designed for 60 fps output on a single screen, while the PS3 is said to support 120 fps across multiple screens.

    Winner: Xbox 360 has many features outside of just gaming, and the PS3 is poised to do the same. The Xbox 360 wins based on the fact that nothing is officially concrete on the PS3 capabilities.

    • The Xbox 360 has a larger library of games on the market, but the PS3 has yet to launch.
    • The Xbox 360 seems to be garnering a large amount of developer support due to a much easier platform to work on compared to the PS3.
    • The Xbox 360 still lacks an in-depth level of Japanese developer support compared to the PS3.

    As of now, the Xbox 360 is the winner when it comes to games, as nothing has been released for the PS3 for comparison.

    Overall winner
    Microsoft’s console appears to have the upper hand due to an earlier launch, but in all fair comparisons you cannot declare the Xbox 360 a better console. While many believe the PS3 to be the better hardware with a larger library of games, no one knows the future. It's going to be a fantastic battle between these two consoles.

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