For the longest time, I had been debating as to whether or not sell my beloved Xbox 360 and purchase a Playstation 3. Let me begin by first stating that both consoles are great, and choosing either one depends upon your own personal preference. I know this is a review about the PS3, but let me clarify as to why I had been contemplating on selling the Xbox to purchase this fine piece of technology. I'd been an owner of the Xbox 360 for quite a while; since November of 2006 to be precise. Over the course of the years that followed, I'd gotten the red rings (which I know we're all familiar with) three times. It was at that third time when I'd begun thinking of porting over to a PS3, but I simply loved my Xbox too much. In later events, I purchased the Elite model running with the Jasper chip which I had absolutely no problems with. I know that with the late Elite models as well as the new Slim models, the red rings are virtually gone, but still, I felt as though something else wasn't working for me. The more I started to compare the two consoles, the more I had wanted to switch to Playstaiton. Ultimately, in 2009, I'd purchased a PS3 Slim, though not long after I'd sold it because of it's sluggish download and installation speeds. Regardless of those two setbacks, in all honesty and my own opinion, the online play (though it is free) runs no different than the same game would on Xbox Live. This is one of Sony's hugest selling points with the PS3--free online play, and for me, it worked remarkably well. What I've come to discover, however, is that the people who seem to complain of PS3's online play, run their connection over wifi. In my opinion, I believe that using a LAN connection will give you optimal speeds as opposed to a wireless one. I don't believe that the Playstation's wifi is ideal (and this may be because it uses 802.11b/g, and not 802.11b/g/n). Regardless, if you have a wired connection to your router, or modem, you needn't worry about a thing. After selling the Playstation 3, I continued on in using my Xbox for quite a while longer. I convinced myself to be happy with it, until I had to renew my Gold subscription once more. It was at that point that I'd realized in the course of 4 years, I'd spent over $200 in Xbox Live Gold subscription fees and more so on all of the accessories like the battery packs, camera, charging docks, cables, etc. Even more, it was also around that time that I'd begun to see more and more people begin hacking almost half of the games I'd played online. GTA 4, Call of Duty, and Halo: Reach to name a few were all being compromised by hackers. This is something that should be prevented if I'm expected to pay a fee to play online, so why wasn't it? What I guess you could say sent me over the edge, was the new Xbox Live update which occurred in late 2011. Though I wasn't too fond of the new dashboard update, I immediately discovered when getting into Netflix that the party system was completely removed and would later be added again (as an additional fee). When reading of this news, I simply rid myself of the console and purchased a PS3. I figured to use the machine as an all-in-one console; making use of it's built-in bluray player to eliminate my current one (which the Xbox 360 does not have), the free online play (which the Xbox 360 requires one to pay for), and the built-in battery within the controller (which the Xbox 360 requires you to pay for as well). Upon those features in which I've stated, the console also delivers probably THEE best audio quality sound in games because of its bluray format. It is pure uncompressed audio that rivals anything in the market today. So, basically, if you're a big home theater enthusiast, you might prefer purchasing a Playstation 3. It will go perfectly with your home theater system. And because you don't need to pay for an online subscription, you needn't worry about having to pay one to use Netflix on the console. If you're already an existing Netflix member, all you have to do is activate it directly through your Playstation 3 and you're good to go! Last, but not least--I was pleasantly surprised to find that once I'd repurchased the console, those two setbacks I'd mentioned previous have been completely resolved. I have no idea what Sony did in one of their recent upgrades to the firmware of the system, but installation and download speeds are remarkably better than they were just last year. Installing and downloading items are a breeze. I hope this helped in your decision. Thank you for reading.
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