PS VITA LAUNCH INDIA: A CONFUSED STRATEGY FROM SONY

The PS Vita will launch in India on the 22nd February.  The same day as launches in Europe and in the U.S.  It’s good to see that more and more console and video game makers are treating the Indian market seriously.  Or are they?

There are two PS Vita models:

1)       PS Vita Wifi:  can only be used online in a Wifi zone

2)       PS Vita 3G:  can be used online as long as you have 3G receptivity in the area you are in.

So the pricing for the PS Vita in India, UK, and the U.S. is as follows:

  • PS Vita Wifi:  UK – $362 (or £229);  U.S. – $250; India – $406 (or INR 19,990)
  • PS Vita 3G:  UK – $440 (or £279 ); U.S. – $299; India – $507 (or INR 24,990)

Answer is no.  $150-200 more than in the U.S.?  For real Sony?

Now, there are some financials behind it that explain some of the pricing  – like the 27% custom duty the Indian government put on any imported electronics, and the high manufacturing costs that Sony bear with the PS Vita (it took them years to make the PS3 profitable).  But with the Indian market being such a large and growing market – it’s a crying shame Sony have priced the PS Vita so high.  With both the PS3 and Xbox being available cheaper in India – and the PS Vita’s original sales struggling in Japan (as described here) – Sony is making it very difficult for the Vita to be widely sold in India.  We’re making progress – but we’re still not being taken as seriously as we should be.

If you are a hardcore gamer, can afford the INR20k outlay, and like portable gaming devices – here’s what you get for your money.

HARDWARE:

A Slick Design With Front And Back Touch Screen

  • Screen:  5-inch (130 mm) OLED touchscreen
  • Controls: two analog sticks, a joypad, a set of standard PlayStation face buttons, two shoulder buttons (L and R), a PlayStation button and Start and Select buttons, and a rearpad.
  • Cameras:  two cameras (front and rear) featuring face detection, head detection, and head tracking capabilities.
  • System:  512 MB of system RAM and 128 MB of VRAM
  • Battery Life:  3–5 hours of gameplay (no network, no sound, default brightness level), 5 hours of video, and up to 9 hours of music listening with the screen off (i.e. pack your charger if you’re travelling longer than you’re daily commute, and if you work in Bangalore it may not even last your whole commute).
  • Memory:  4-32 GB (and yes, you pay more for more).  Keep in mind that a game can use up to 1GB.
  • Additional Good Stuff:  stereo speakers, microphone, Sixaxis motion sensing system, three-axis electronic compass, built-in GPS (only for the 3G version) as well as Wi-Fi, 3G, and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR connectivity.

The graphics and speed of play are impressive – in terms of a gaming experience, it’s the best portable gaming experience available on the market.  But it doesn’t go as far as a tablet in terms of all round functionality.  In summary:  the best portable gaming platform with some useful gimmicks, but it won’t replace your tablet if you have one.

TITLES:

The PS Vita is launching with 26 new titles – including some big hitters that received rave reviews such as Unchartered & Wipeout 2048.  You also get access to 275 downloadable PSP games (to be confirmed for India), with more coming.  At the moment, there are no plans to make PS2 or PS3 games downloadable on the PS Vita.

In India, these will start retailing between INR2,400 – 2,800.  A bit cheaper than PS3 games – but not significantly.

Wipeout 2048 Shows Some Impressive Graphics.

SO SHOULD YOU GET ONE?

The PS Vita comes across as a confused product.  Sony is confused by how well it is going to do.  It feels like it’s halfway between a portable gaming device and a tablet.  And Sony confused its pricing model by making it more expensive in India than in the U.S. (or maybe they just got their geographies mixed up – who knows).  They also made it more expensive than a PS3 (again, they might have confused their products).

It shouldn’t take away from the fact that it is the best portable gaming platform, and will give you a whole new gaming experience with some cool touch screen interfaces, great portable playability, and the best graphics available on a portable device.

But you’ll be looking at 30,000INR to buy the console, a couple of games to get started, and a decent memory card.  If you’re a hardcore portable gamer – go for it (or ask a nice family member or friend outside of India to be generous on your birthday). If you’re just looking for a new gaming experience, thought you should know that the WiiU is being released in 2012 and rumours are that it may be cheaper than the PS Vita in India.  No recommendations yet.  Just saying…

If do go for the PS Vita and are looking to pick up some PS Vita games, check out our new PS Vita games section.

BUILDING YOUR OWN RIG FOR UNENDING HOURS OF GAMING FUN

Since it is Christmas season and many of you will be looking to make big-ticket purchases to pamper yourself, we figured it might be the right time to start talking about building your own rig.  Imagine your room complete with that drool-worthy console, perfect display monitor, and the right sound system. Exciting?  If that brings a smile to your face, read on:

1.  THE DROOL-WORTHY CONSOLE

Wow, this one is a biggie, isn’t it?  Luckily, our guest blogger Anish Kataria, put together some good pointers that I can direct you to right away.  So, go ahead and read that article at your leisure (remember to open it on another tab, so you don’t actually stop reading this post):  Console Wars: Sony Playstation 3 or XBOX360.

2a. THE PERFECT DISPLAY MONITOR

For gaming, you just absolutely need a generously large TV that allows you to notice all the subtle messages new-gen games use (if you have tried to shoot an enemy soldier behind a wall a 100m away without a sniper rifle, waiting for his head to pop out just a little bit — you know what I mean).  Unfortunately, a good TV in the Indian market costs a lot more than what it does anywhere else.  It has always been a bit difficult to digest how something can be shipped from China all the way to the U.S. and still cost less than half of what it costs here — but that is a story for another blog post.  With that in mind, lets choose a price you are willing to spend and go with it.  Assuming you are decently loaded (or have saved every penny excruciatingly over the last year), let’s go with 40,000INR.  We chose that because it is roughly what you would pay for a decent laptop (you do have a laptop, right?).

Now, the key thing you have to choose is the kind of panel you need — a Plasma, LCD, or LED?  Now this isn’t a tech review by any means, and we aren’t going into specifics — except the ones that matter.  Now, Plasma is a technology that dates back a little but, is by no means outdated.  LCDs and LEDs are sort of like cousins, usually with only the backlights being different (not exceedingly advanced).

The Plasma TV is our preferred beast for gaming.  The reasons are simple.  First, I am sure you have heard a lot of burn-in issues with plasma TVs, but unless you are buying a used 6-yr old TV, put your mind at ease.  Those are issues of the past that you are unlikely to experience anymore.  In our opinion, it is just a tact used by inexperienced and uninformed salesmen to push the more expensive LCD/LEDs to you.  But hey, you are a gamer and you can’t be easily fooled (right?).  Second, refresh rates are better on the plasma.  This means that the panel will flash the same picture more number of times per second compared to an LCD or an LED.  This matters to you when you play fast-paced games like Need for Speed or Call of Duty, and don’t want those rapid moves to get blurred.  Third, plasmas manage to render near-perfect blacks that LCDs just can’t.  Most plasma TVs these days also sport a Game Mode that bypasses all the fancy-shancy filtering it typically does and lets your console take over the screen completely.  This means better blacks and better response for your Crysis 2 by letting the XBOX/PS3 do what it does best.

Plasma TVs tend to render black tones better

Now there are two valid downsides to plasma TVs though: First, the panels are reflective, not matt.  So you have to be very conscious about lighting in the room.  Make sure that there isn’t any strong light falling on the screen and you should be fine.  Second, plasma TVs usually come in sizes of 42″ and above.  This means if you don’t have a room that can give you about a 4-6 feet distance from the screen, you will be at a bit of a disadvantage.  We still recommend the Plasma TV for gaming mainly because we are looking at a sub-40,000INR expense.  Now if you have double that money to spare, choose the LED.  LEDs are slimmer (making it easier to hang on a wall), render good blacks, and consume less energy than plasma TVs.

Next, keep in mind which resolution you want for your gaming needs.  All flat screen TVs these days are at least HD-ready, if not full-HD.  The difference? — HR-ready gives a native resolution of 720p  where as full-HD provides you will a resolution of 1080p.  Now, some HD-ready screens will let you upscale to 1080i (not 1080p) which really doesn’t make that much of a difference.  Both of them are “technically” HD, but 1080i (where i is for interlaced) scans 1080 horizontal lines on your TV alternately whereas 1080p (where p is for progressive) scans the same number of lines simultaneously.  That is just technical mumbo-jumbo for “1080p is better”.  That said, if you choose the XBOX for your console, then you don’t really need 1080p (full-HD) because the maximum resolution that the 360 can do is 720p.  If you choose the PS3 and would like to watch some HD Blu Ray movies, then 1080p may be the best bet for you.

2b.  THE RIGHT CABLE

Assuming you chose a plasma TV (or still went with an LCD, or could afford an LED), chances are about 99.98% that it has an HDMI connection (if it doesn’t and it is new, go return it right now… no, stop reading — go return it!).  The first thing you need to do once you get your TV is to ditch the component cable that comes with your console and get yourself an HDMI cable.  Due to the lack of information people have on cables in general, the HDMI market has become a huge scam for manufacturers and retailers.  Do remind yourself this before you go out shopping for an HDMI cable — expensive does not mean better!  There are a lot of HDMI cables out there from as low as 500INR to as high as 4,000INR, so don’t fall for it.  There are two things you should look out for:

Step 1: Ditch this!

– High Speed vs. Standard.  Some HDMI cables claim to be high-speed.  If it is a reputed company, such as Belkin, it probably is.  High speed cables transmit more digital data without lag to your screen.  We recommend this if you are on a PS3 and are playing Blu Rays.

– Length.  Yes, this seems like a no brainer, but we can still ignore the most obvious things (ever zoom past a red light, anyone?).  HDMI cables come from a short length of 3 feet all the way up to 6 feet (maybe more too, but we didn’t go about checking every HDMI packaging we could lay our hands on).  Just make sure you have enough.

If a standard HDMI works for you, we suggest a Belkin.  A 3 feet one should cost you around 700INR.

3.  THE RIGHT SOUND SYSTEM

Now if you are an audiophile, you already know which 5.1 Dolby Digital you want to get.  If not, we still suggest that you do get a surround sound system to hear those bullets whiz past you as you duck for cover.  If you have a budget of about 10,000INR, we suggest not going for an entry-level 5.1 system: instead invest in a Bose headgear.  Bose’s On-Ear Headphones have a nice cushioning pad that sits tight on your ears and provides a very high degree of clarity. That said, they may not be the best option for extended hours of gaming.  Your ears may start sweating and your head could start to feel heavy with all the booming bass.  In such cases, we suggest Bose’s AE2.  They are more comfortable on the ear and never really sit on your ear, relieving some of the pressure.  You may, however, lose a bit of bass on this model.  Now a limitation of using traditional headphones for gaming is that you will probably need to plug this into your TV — not the best solution for a gaming headset.  In case you don’t want to be bogged down by this, we suggest also checking out brands such as Razer, Steel Series, Logitech (especially if you can get this one), and Astro Gaming (especially this one rated highly by the folks at IGN).

Bose On Ear Headphones, great for gaming too!

If you have a budget of about 30,000INR or so, we suggest walking over to your nearest Harman Kardon/JBL and Onkyo stores.  Why only those two?  Because we say so.  Well, actually, there are just too many options and too many specific models out there to go by online research.  This is one buy you just have to drag your behinds to the retail store and let the sound decide.  Very often, the base model comes around the 25,000INR to 30,000INR range, but the next model is available for only a few thousands more — with a world of difference in the sound.  Now this is not common across all brands, so you do still have to listen to them.  When you go to the showroom, carry a 5.1 channel DVD of music that you listen to the most, preferably one that has many instruments playing simultaneously (we suggest Dream Theater’s Home).  Sit at a distance of about 6 feet away from the base, set the volume really low, make sure the output and input are both set to 5.1 channels, take a deep breath, and let it play.  Now let it play for a while so you can make out all the different instruments playing at different pitches.  Try to buy the best one you can afford that also separates out all the different instruments individually.  Do not raise the volume too much while testing because every sound system manages to trash out all the instruments when loud, it is really the lows that matter.  Speaking of lows, double-check the bass performance of the woofer by setting the crossover value in the receiver to 80Hz (even go down to 60Hz if you can still hear the bass).  If you get heart-pounding bass by reducing the crossover frequency while increasing the volume just a tiny bit, you are good! Crossover is the frequency below which the receiver sends all sound signals to the woofer.

Some receivers also have HDMI switching, which basically means you can hook up your console to the receiver and the receiver sends the output to the TV through another HDMI cable.  This maximizes your convenience by connecting all your other gizmos into one receiver and allowing you to switch between them through your remote.

Now, having read all that and hopefully having done some online review, please head over to the retail outlets for some hands on experience.  I can’t stress this enough, you just have to experience the sound first hand before you decide.

So there you have it, folks.  Very soon, you will have your own gaming rig set up and ready to go!  Let us know what you eventually buy (on the comments below or on our Facebook page) and why!

NOSTALGIC DISORDER: GAMESINC’s TOP TEN GAMES OF YESTERYEARS

As GamesINC was locked in it’s dark room for days playing the latest and greatest in Video Games, we started day-dreaming (or hallucinating, probably induced by more than 18 hours of constant machine gun firing). The dream took us back to a time where music did not all sound the same, reality TV had not dumbed down the world, there were actually four seasons, and I had launched my first game magazine at the age of 11 (no, really, it happened – first review was Starwing on the NES), and video games were…not as good. In a teary-eyed, nostalgic, and combat overdose induced hallucinogenic dream, here are my top 10 favorite video games of all time. They are in nostalgic order (read chronological) – and qualify using some very strict criteria – I really liked them!

Communism launches the gaming industry

1. Tetris – GameBoy
Beautifully simple – the premise was to rotate different tetrads (blocks of different shapes) in order to form horizontal lines and avoid the tetrads taking up your playing field. As a young boy this was countless of hours of fun (and for the parents, peace and quiet). It even made me like those family friends we could never stand, as they also had a GameBoy with a multiplayer link so we could play together (well, annihilate them–nobody beats me at Tetris!). Tetris was developed by the Soviet Academy of Sciences, meaning that communism was partly responsible for the popularity of gaming. Tetris – a true legend!

 

Defining the racing genre

2. Super Mario Kart – SuperNES
The game that defined the racing genre. The Mario Bros had already made gaming popular (Mario 3 loses out to Sonic if you’re wondering where it is), but this game was probably the best racing multiplayer game ever. Yes, ever! The death matches would last for hours and hours, and some sore losers would endure hours, days, or years of taunting. Although there were other racing classics at the time (Wipeout and Starwing were great games in their own right), all the different modes of Mario Kart were unbeatable. And nothing beats knocking your opponent out of the race with a nicely aimed turtle! In college, one of my friends turned up at my dorm and brought his Super NES and Mario Kart – no one left the dorm room for two days. This was ten years after its release – a timeless classic!

Are You Ken?

3. Street Fighter 2 – Sega MegaDrive
If you were a gamer in the early 90s, then odds are you played SFII for hours on end. It is the ultimate fighting game of all time – all other games since then are building off it, but none defined the fighting game genre as SFII. As with Mario Kart, this game ensured endless hours of gaming fun at friends houses. Being unbeaten on SFII ensures hero-like status at school and a permanent and non-refundable membership of the cool club for ever. The super moves such as Ryu’s Hadouken (or Are You Ken? as was the myth), Honda’s Thousand Fists, Guile’s Sonic Boom to name a few are timeless and still vivid in memory. SFII – the ultimate fighting game of all time.

The only time Sonic is not running in the whole game

4. Sonic the Hedgehog – Sega MegaDrive

Platform games were one of the most popular gaming genres on the 1990s, and no game brought innovation, speed, and pure fun as Sonic the Hedgehog. While other games such as Mario 3, Megaman, Rayman, Donkey Kong were great platform games, Sonic was another genre defining game (ok, the Mario Bros did their bit too). Zooming at a gazillion miles an hour through levels, the lush country sides, the evil bosses – this game was simple, bright, and a bucketload of fun. A game that made the most of the 2D mode and the MegaDrive’s processor – it was one of the rare games that parents approved of and kids love. And after hours of playing it, you didn’t have sore ears through excessive gun fire, depression through hours of gloomy surrounding, and a disturbed psyche through having butchered thousands of enemies.

FF7 - Immerse Yourself In The Tale

5. Final Fantasy VII – Playstation

In the summer of 1998, I had fallen out of love with gaming. Sports, girls, studies (yes, I actually got a college degree – shocker!) and the lack of a game that captured our imagination had pushed gaming just above cooking as a preferred activity.  A chance purchase of FF7 changed this forever. The groundbreaking graphics and movie-like cut scenes, the story (the most engrossing story ever), the deep and immersive world, the combat modes, the accumulation of the most amazing attacks ever (you could unleash dragons, tidlewaves, and all sorts of mayhem on your enemies), the endless hours of gameplay makes this probably my favorite game ever. If you have hours of free time and a small budget, getting a PS1 or 2 and playing FF7 will be worth it, even 13 years later. The RPG game by excellence!

Stealth + movie experience + great game play = MGS

6. Metal Gear Solid – Playstation
After FF7 revived my love of gaming, Metal Gear Solid ensured I was  hooked forever. As with GTA (we’re not there yet, keep your pants on), this game defined a new genre – stealth. The great story, the cut scenes, the random radio conversations made you feel immersed in a movie. The gameplay was also addictive, the continuous search for that perfect stealth level, ensured that you played it over and over again. The bonuses with finishing the game were also incredibly worth it (you could play the whole game over again in a tux a la James Bond or with an invisibility cloak meaning you could walk up to guards and plant C4 on their back – you get the rest…). A legendary game by legendary Konami studios.

Setting up the shooter segment

7. GoldenEye 007 – Nintendo 64
Another game that defined a genre, this time the shoot ’em up genre (old school I know). Both the single-player and multiplayer game modes in modern shooters are legacies of this absolute icon on the N64. The single player game brought in variety as different levels required different approach (snipe your way through on some levels, blast them to hell with a shotgun on other levels), and the multiplayer game would capture whole floors of our college dorm. Little Andy might have not been the biggest guy (it’s all in the name) or smoothest talker around, but he was a hero as no one could defeat him. Plus, you get to play James Bond – what more could you want? (Izabella Scorupco was hardly going to come with the game)

Perfect accompaniment for beer and college buddies

8. Pro Evolution Soccer – Playstation
FIFA vs PES – the battle that will continue for generations of soccer games. But when Pro Evo (as we knew it) came out in 2001, it was the bees knees and forced FIFA to up it’s game. You could build up play properly or launch devastating counter attacks, the game was finally realistic, the one-on-ones with the keeper was tricky (and chipping the keeper was the ultimate In Your Face). The gameplay and graphics are still the foundation for football games ten years later. Being a college student with a lot spare time, not a lot of money, and four male roommates – this game got more time than our studies or girlfriends. After 4 days of neglect and threat of nuclear attack from the girlfriend, the evening with her was spent checking the watch and bailing at 10:30 pm under the lame excuse “My Roommates will be worried” (and no, there was no good response to the perfectly valid question – “they’re not worried when you’re out partying until 5 am”). A game that made you break up with a girlfriend – doesn’t say much for my priorities, but says a lot about the game. (The girlfriend is now happily married to a banker and drives a BMW if you were wondering…)

Cutting edge graphics and gameplay - and cop cars on 2 wheels

9. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – PS2
Everyone has their favorite GTA, San Andreas is often regarded as the best one. I for no reason apparent preferred Vice City. Regardless of your favorite GTA, this game series created a new genre in itself – and for that, we thank you Rockstar. Despite all the controversies and the dubious moral standards, these games were an absolute blast and let out your darker side (from randomly beating up strangers, to stealing cars and helicopters, and driving around cities in a tank destroying all that came your way including the ferocious men in black). The graphics (well apart from the first 2D games  which were still a lot of fun) and the game play were cutting edge too, and some of the in games features such as the hilarious radio stations, ridiculous dialogues were more than just nice touches, they really added to the game. Most of the games on this list defined a genre, this one created one!

Keeping you on the edge a la Jason Bourne

10. XIII – PS2
This one is going to seem odd to a lot of people, but bear with me. Have you seen the Bourne series? Picture it in a comic book style with a richer plot. This was the XIII comic books released in Belgium in the early 1980s (same country that produced Tintin). Some genius decided to make a video game out of it, and it has one of the richest stories and most innovative graphics of any shooter. While the game admittedly had some playing floors, the story and graphics made the whole experience incredibly addictive! Why can’t more games keep you on the edge of your seat as XIII did?

You’ll have noticed that all these games are pre-PS3/Xbox/Wii and exclude PC games. PC games deserve a whole other post in our book, as some of the games are so fantastically different to the console ones (games such as Civilization, Indiana Jones and the Fate of the Atlantis, the Day of the Tentacle, Command and Conquer, Warcraft require their own list).

With all the new games coming out, the one thing that saddens us is all the 3s and 4s and 5s in the titles. Developers and producers all too often run to a formula that will make then money (MW3, 6.5 Million on day 1). While there is merit in improving a series, you’ll notice that very few of the top 10 games were further down than number one in the series (FF7 being the shining exception). So a message to developers – innovate!!  Give us new genres, new graphic styles, new game plays. And we know that you run to where the money is, but have a quick look at the games above if you want to calculate the risk/reward. Did they sell well? You bet they did!!! Because brilliant games will get brilliant sales.

This is my nostalgic list – so no argument allowed! But feel free to post your list…Would you have put Wipeout instead of Mario Kart? Zelda or Secret of Mana instead of Final Fantasy? Or the beautiful Lara Croft?

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and on WordPress (here!).

CONSOLE WARS: SONY PLAYSTATION 3 OR XBOX 360?

This article comes to us from our guest writer, Anish Kataria. Anish is a passionate gamer, a car and bike enthusiast, and a generally happy guy. He can be reached on twitter @AnishKataria.

Choosing between the PS3 and Xbox 360 is for most gamers one of the most difficult decisions they’ll ever have to make.
You might compare it to deciding between Alexandra Ambrosia and Adriana Lima (did you ever really have a choice?). The following guide is meant for gamers who don’t have the privilege of being gifted a console or a lot of money lying around in the bank.

Decision Point One: The Basics

Factor

PS3

Xbox 360

Price in India 160 GB – Rs. 16,990320 GB – Rs 18,990

320 GB + Move Starter Kit – Rs 19,990

4 GB – Rs 14,990250 GB Elite – Rs 20,889
The CPU 3.2 GHz Cell Processor, 7 Single Threaded Cores ( +1 Backup core), Maximum 230 GFlops 3.2 GHz Xenon Processor, 3 dual-threaded cores, Maximum 77 GFlops
The GPU NVIDIA RSX “Reality Synthesizer, 256 MB GDDR 3RAM ((additional 224 MB can be shared w/ system RAM), 22.4 GBps bandwidth ATI Xenos, Up to 512 MB GDDR3 RAM (shared w/ system RAM), 21.6 GBps bandwidth (256 GBps via eDRAM)
RAM 256 MB XDR RAM 512 MB GDDR3 RAM (shared with GPU)
The Hard Drive 160 or 320 GB HDD, 5400 rpm, User replaceable with standard HDD 250 GB HDD or 4 GB SSD, 5400 rpm, User replaceable w/ proprietary HDD
The Disc Drive 8x read speed (DVD), 2x read speed (Blu-ray), 25 GB disc space 12x read speed (DVD), 7 GB disc space
Video Support Up to 1080p resolution Native 720p resolution, OS supports up to 1080p
Audio Support Analog – Stereo, Digital – 5.1 Dolby Digital & 7.1 LPCM Analog – Dolby Pro-Logic II, Digital – 5.1 Dolby Digital
Connectivity 2 USB ports, Bluetooth 2.0, 7 controllers max 5 USB ports, Kinect port, 7 max controllers (3 wired and 4 wireless)

Decision Point Two: Which console do most of your friends have?

Who are you going to share games, play online and offline, and compare scores with? Enough said.

Decision Point Three: Which genre of games do you prefer? Developers?

In most cases (FIFA, Call of Duty, Crysis 2 etc) this is an inconsequential point since developers offer their games on multiple platforms. That said you do have certain exclusive titles for each of the consoles. Gamers need to consider what sort of games they usually prefer and would enjoy playing long after getting them.

Consider

PS3

Xbox 360

Games released and reviewed in 2011

164 titles (86.6% average review score) 155 titles (86.1% average review score)
Exclusive vs. Non-Exclusive Titles in 2011

103/61

103/52

Motion Control Titles in 2011

13

11

Major Multiplatform Titles

Portal 2, Dead Space 2,Deus Ex: Human Revolution,L.A. Noire, Crysis 2, Portal 2, Dead Space 2,Deus Ex: Human Revolution,L.A. Noire, Dirt 3

Major Exclusive Titles

LIMBO, Killzone 3, Infamous 2,Resistance 3, Uncharted 3 Bastion, Child of Eden,Gears of War, Torchlight

Game Prices

FIFA 11 – Rs 1599
Crysis 2 – Rs 2499
Portal 2 – Rs 2499
L.A. Noire – Rs 2499
Call of Duty: Black Ops – Rs 3499
Uncharted 3 – Rs 2499
FIFA 11 – Rs 1299
Crysis 2 – Rs 1999
Portal 2 – Rs 1999
L.A.Noire – Rs 2499
Call of Duty: Black Ops – Rs 3499
Gears of War 3 – Rs 2499

Source: Link


Decision Point Four: Which controller do you prefer?

Controller preference is a very subjective choice and depends on the amount of playing time that a gamer gets on a particular console.

Decision Point Five: Console Life

With the upcoming launch of the next generation Wii U in the first half of 2012, both Microsoft and Sony will be forced to upgrade the current generation of consoles. Conservative estimates predict Xbox 360 to be replaced by the Xbox NG/720 by mid-to-end 2013 followed by the next generation PS sometime in mid 2014.

Decision Point Six: Media Player and Online Gaming

A couple of other factors that you may consider:

Factor

PS3

Xbox 360

The Disc Drive

Blu-ray. This is the optical storage medium which will supersede the DVD format globally. Can be used to watch HD media in the future.

HD-DVD. This medium lost the high definition optical disc format war to Blu-ray.

Online Gaming

Free but Sony is planning to charge gamers for additional features. Overall online gaming experience inferior to that of Xbox Live.

Microsoft charges gamers a fixed amount to access online features and gaming. Overall experience better than that of PS3.

Did that Help?

Did all this information confuse you ever further? If so, go to a retail store and try out both the consoles. Remember, if it feels right, it is right! Have fun!

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and on WordPress (here!).