Thursday, November 16, 2006

PlayStation 3 vs Nintendo Wii

There will always, regardless of our time in space in the span of human history, be an open competition between those who believe in the old school and those who side with the new school. In other words, those that believe that there needs to be some traditional guidelines for how to be a success and those who believe you have to change all of the rules. While Nintendo has certainly been at the forefront of the gaming industry since its inception, few would argue that they have, “kept up with the Joneses” so to speak.

Nintendo is trying to change this fact with the introduction of their latest competitor in the video game industry, Nintendo Wii. However, those who are “new school” in the video gaming world will tell you that Sony has far surpassed Nintendo in the gaming industry to a point that the talk of a “competition” is almost comical. Regardless of where you stand on this argument it is always a good idea to know what everybody has to offer and in that spirit here is a small comparison of PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii.

  • PlayStation 3 has introduced perhaps the most powerful processor in the history of gaming with their Cell Broadband Engine that will allow for awesome game play to jump start this edition of the PlayStation Empire. Nintendo Wii has a very good “PowerPC” that they have nicknamed “Broadway” that will allow for a good gaming experience. Nintendo stepped out and solicited the help of IBM for the production of the Wii processor, meaning that they are seriously looking to re-enter the video game wars.
  • One feature of both the Nintendo Wii and the PlayStation 3 that will both impress and excite gamers is the fact that both are backwards compatible, meaning that you don’t have to throw away your favorite games from the previous console. PlayStation 3 owners will be able to play games from both the previous PlayStation consoles, while Nintendo Wii owners will be able to play Nintendo Game Cube games whenever they want.
  • Both consoles are “always on” which means that any communication needed to get updates or make changes to your system will happen without you worrying about being logged on or retrieving important codes. Both use wireless router technology and are able to connect whether you are at home or even logged on.
  • Perhaps the most exciting aspect of each console is the advent of new controller technology in both the PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii. The Wii will introduce a long and skinny remote that has motion sensors to pick up your movements and use them within the game. PlayStation 3 will be introducing the same type of technology to allow a more real and sophisticated experience for every user.

Victor Vargo is the editor of the PS3 Price Shopper Resource Guide which provides the latest Sony Play Station 3 news as well as in-depth comparisons of the PS3 vs Wii and the Xbox 360 vs PS3. Learn more at


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