PS3 vs. Xbox 360: Feature Smackdown

By Ian Paul, PC World |  Personal Tech, game consoles, Microsoft

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention this one. As it stands right now, you can't play Blu-Ray high-definition discs on the Xbox 360, as you can on the PS3. However, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently said an external Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360 is coming. Well, he said it was coming and then said he didn't want to talk about it. So don't expect to see an Xbox 360 Blu-Ray drive anytime soon, but know that Microsoft is thinking about it--maybe.

PlayStation Home vs. Avatars

Launched late last year, PlayStation Home is a Second Life type of virtual environment where your avatar can socialize with other online gamers, view content and play mini-games within PS Home. Xbox 360 doesn't have a similar feature, but you can dress up your Xbox avatars in designer apparel, give them items (called Avatar props) they can take with them wherever they go, and even use your Avatar in some Xbox games.

Tie or Clear Winner?

So that's it. By my count, this is a pretty even contest. The Xbox 360's Blu-Ray shortcomings could be the biggest stumbling block for some, but then again, Blu-Ray does have its doubters with video streaming and direct downloads growing in popularity.

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