A Comparison of the Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3

Xbox 360 - The Microsoft Xbox 360 is a next generation gaming console with a number of features and advantages for gamers. And with access to online game rentals those features are multiplied! The Xbox 360 is capable of hi-def 1080p video output enabling rich and detailed graphics. The Xbox 360 holds a rather large advantage over all of its competitors since it has the widest selection of games available. An optional software upgrade enables backwards compatibility with a large number of original Xbox games.

The Xbox 360 also comes with a free membership to its online Xbox Live service. The Xbox Live service allows you to play many of your games online. It also gives you access to downloadable content such as game demos, arcade games, movies and TV shows. This is a perfect complement to online game rental services.

Besides being a solid gaming platform the Xbox 360 also provides a rich multimedia experience. It support videos in several formats including WMV (Windows Media Video) format which itself includes PlaysForSure and high-definition videos. It also supports H.264 and MPEG-4 video formats. The Xbox 360 also supports the playback of HD DVD's with the purchase of an optional add-on HD DVD drive. However with Blu-ray winning the format war this isn’t as much of a feature as it once was. In addition you can connect an mp3 player or other audio devices to the system for music playback.

In a nutshell the Xbox 360 is the best choice for a gaming system if you want access to the largest library of game titles. For access to the largest library of games possible you'll want to check out our service which allows you to rent games over the internet and get them in the mail. Being able to rent games online means you'll never run out of Xbox 360 titles to play!

Wii - The Nintendo Wii brought a number of revolutionary advances to the gaming scene. While not as advanced on the graphics front as the PS3 and the Xbox 360, the Wii more than makes up for the difference by focusing more on the game playing experience itself.

One of the Wii’s most distinctive features is the Wii Remote wireless controller. It can detect motion in three dimensions and also can be used as a handheld pointing device. This allows for a very unique gaming experience. This unique controller works especially well with game titles such as Wii Sports which includes Boxing, Tennis, Baseball, Bowling and Golf. The Wii was designed from the standpoint of providing a solid family gaming experience and it has proven to be wildly popular across a broad demographic.

The Wii also features backward compatibility with GameCube games proving you have either a GameCube controller or the classic controller. In addition you can also purchase games online though the WiiWare service on the Wii Shop Channel. The Wii Shop Channel is Nintendo’s online store where users can download new game titles and extra game content. The Wii Shop Channel also includes the Virtual Console service that allows gamers to download classic games from previous video game consoles such as the Nintendo 64, NES and SNES. In addition games for other non-Nintendo consoles are also offered such as Sega Genesis, Sega Master System, TurboGrafx-16, MSX, Neo Geo and Commodore 64. And don't forget that now you can rent video games online which gives you quick access to even more of your favorite games!

To sum up the Wii provides a unique and very fun gaming experience that has proven to appeal to a broad array of age groups.

PlayStation 3 - The Sony PlayStation 3 is the third gaming console from Sony and it enjoys a rich array of high-tech features. The PS3 is the first next-gen gaming system to feature a Blu-Ray disc player. Given that Blu-ray recently won the hi-def format war this is now a significant advantage over competing systems. The PS3 can output hi-def 1080p video for a solid visual gaming and multimedia experience. The quality of the Blu-ray disc player in the PS3 has been found to rival and sometimes exceed the visual quality of many standalone Blu-ray players. The PS3 is available in five different versions with hard drive sizes ranging from 20GB to 160GB.

One area where the PlayStation 3 stands out from its competitors is its online gaming service, the PlayStation Network. The PlayStation Network (or PSN) allows for online multiplayer gaming as well as access to downloadable media including movies. It also offers numerous other features including PlayStation Home, a virtual community-based service similar to Second Life.

The PS3 features backwards compatibility with many PS2 and PS One games giving you access to a larger selection of game titles. However backwards compatibility with PS2 games has slowly diminished with newer models. Sony maintains a list of compatibility issues on their site. In addition with access to online video game rentals the amount of games you can play increases exponentially!

Overall the PS3 offers a solid gaming and multimedia experience, especially if you have a collection of Blu-ray movie titles.

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