People are always asking me. Should I get a Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or a Nintendo Wii? There are quite a few things that you need to ask yourself before you make a purchase. How much are you looking to spend and who will be playing with the system and what age are they.
Let’s get started with cost. Right now the Xbox 360 has several different console packages that you can go with ranging starting at $199. This is a great price for such a powerful system considering it started at about $299 when it came out in 2006. Most of the Xbox 360 games will run you about $49-$59 for new releases and $19-$39 for used games.
Nintendo Wii will run you about $249 for the bundle. Keep in mind with the Wii that there are so many accessories with the system, you might find yourself buying extras later such as gold clubs, tennis rackets, and more. That will probably push your price up to around $300 for the average buyer. Games are a bit cheaper and run from $19.99 for the basic games and up to $49.99 for the best big name games.
The PlayStation 3 is the most expensive at the current time, but with a built in blu-ray player, it might be worth it for those who have a HDTV and want the full movie experience. The PS3 will run you $399 to get going and the games will set you back $59 for the best new titles.
The Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 have very similar game titles as many of the same games are published on both systems. If you are into high-definition graphics, high quality sound, and the most visual appealing games, you might want to consider both the Xbox 360 and PS3. If you want to play your games online with your friends, the Xbox Live system is considered the best for usability and consistency. The PS3 Home online system is good as well but the Xbox 360 online platform is the best available right now.
These two systems are for the more advanced, “hardcore” gamer that is typically a bit older from age 18-40. The Nintendo Wii is a great console for kids and party scenarios. The graphics are not as good and the system is not as powerful as the Xbox 360 and PS3, but the gameplay can draw a lot more of the population into the gaming community. Even with out the powerful graphics, the Nintendo Wii is the most popular console around because of it’s diverse community and it’s revolutionary game play and controls. The Wii is a great console for kids age 5-16 and for the average gamer that isn’t into the hardcore scene.
Each system has it’s own pluses and minuses, so really take a look at how you are going to use the system and who will be playing it and make your decision from there.
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