No matter what interest you have in your heart or what business you are in, there is always a rivalry between the best at anything. Pepsi vs. Coke. Wal-Mart vs. Objective. Coors vs. Budweiser. You get it, when it comes to being the best it doesn’t matter who you are, there is always a rival and there is always someone willing to take up the “other guys” argument.

The video game industry is no different than any other, so when it comes to being a hardcore gamer today, there are two options to choose from, your alliance, Microsoft or Sony. More specifically, you have to choose between its golden children, the empires of PlayStation and Xbox. For those of you who can’t make the decision for yourself, read the following to understand what they both have to offer.

  • Xbox launched over a year ago with no competitor, as Sony had yet to release its new PlayStation 3, delaying it more than a year to make it competitive. PlayStation 3 appears to have done it with a cellular broadband engine to power its latest entry into the video game arms race. If you know which one is better without playing both, it is solely based on whether you are a computer whiz or not. If not, which most of us are not, understand that both are based on having multiple processors running at the same time.
  • Unsurprisingly, both manufacturers offer different packages to shoppers at outlets across the country. Generally, each is offered in a “basic” package and a “premium” package with names that vary at different outlets. Basically what you have to choose is a basic system without a hard drive, but everything else. One system that provides you with 20 GB of hard drive and a different system that offers 60 GB of hard drive. Xbox 360 is generally around $ 100 cheaper across all categories right now, but it’s been around for another year too.
  • Where the PlayStation 3 is parting ways with the Xbox 360 at the moment is in game discs or in Blu-Ray enabled capacity. Blu-Ray technology allows more space on each disc, which means that developers and designers can dig deeper and be more sophisticated with the game in each game. This is exclusive to PlayStation 3 right now, but you can bet all systems will have it for years to come.
  • Both video game giants offer an online gaming service to allow gamers to compete with each other around the world. Xbox Live is currently the better known of the two services, but it costs money in the form of a monthly subscription to use it. PlayStation 3 is gearing up to have a massive online community alongside the launch of the system itself, with the difference between them and Xbox being that the PS3 online service will be offered free of charge.

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