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Compare and Contrast Major console platforms

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Kyle Walton AO1 – Compare and contrast major console platforms One of the major console platforms is Sony’s Playstation. Sony offers you many different ‘unique’ features such as six-axis controller, free PSN and blu-ray. Six axis controllers is a feature of the Playstation where you can use the controller as a steering wheel for example. The six-axis controllers cost £30 when new as it was a new technology, the battery of the controllers lasted for 30 hours of continuous gaming from full charge. Blu-ray discs are better quality than HD disc and have a capacity of 128 GB which means the PS3 exclusive games are larger than other console games. Although PSN is free it isn’t the best online gaming service there is that goes to Xbox live. The biggest PSN problem is that the service was hacked in 2011 and this proved that it is insecure and people will not be willing to pay. ...read more.

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The Nintendo Wii has sold 87.57 million units worldwide since its release on November 19th 2006 Hardware - The PS3 uses one general purpose core with 7 virtual cores 1 for the operating system and 6 for the games the PS3 has hard drives from 20GB to 320GB but these can be changed as a normal PC hard drives fit into the PS3 compared to the Xbox 360 which uses three general purpose cores and has a range of hard drives from 10GB up to 250GB. Both of the consoles have 512MB of ram but the PS3 has 256 spare just for the graphics the PS3 has better specs than the Xbox 360 but you have to pay more for these specs. Games ? There are 101 PS3 exclusive games some of which are KILLZONE 2 and 3 Metal Gear Solid 4 and the whole resistant series. These are some of the best selling PS3 exclusives together they have sold over 15 million copies worldwide. ...read more.

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Online – The online of the PS3 is called Playstation Network also known as PSN it is free to sign up to and use and has 77 million users, although it is free it isn’t secure as proved in 2011 when it was hacked, and people credit card details were stolen. Compared to Xbox’s Xbox live which costs £30 a year at the cheapest price, but it is more secure than PSN, Xbox live has 35 Million users. The Nintendo Wii has online but it is only accessible by Mario Kart Wii although this isn’t really a problem as the Wii is not meant for online gamers like the other two consoles. Summary - Overall the PS3 is the better console, although the Xbox 360 has better online and more exclusive games. The PS3 is better because it has better specs than the other two consoles and bigger disc capacity. Sony also claim that the games on the market are far from reaching the PS3’s full potential and that Xbox and Wii are holding back the advancement in games. ...read more.

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This review contains some interesting facts and figures about three different consoles that allow judgments to be made on the "best" console. There are clearly some criteria being applied in places that help support the judgments.

In order to be more conclusive and accurate the criteria being used need to be used even more consistently and the review become more objective (fact based) rather than it being subjective (based on opinions) as it feels at the moment.

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