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Social Networking Integration != Gaming 2.5

Firstly, yes I am a bit of a X360 fanboy.  Actually, that’s not true, I’m an XBL platform fanboy.  I do REALLY want to like the PS3.  I’d love to be able to get rid of the noisy, hot, unreliable, X360  – but as yet I haven’t found a compelling reason to do so.  Perhaps the next time I get the RROD…..

This week, both Sony and Microsoft released updates to their consoles adding Facebook (both vendors) and Twitter (X360 only) integration.  Whilst both platforms have different levels of integration, the same problem is common to both vendors – IT’S A PAIN IN THE ASS TO TYPE ON A CONTROLLER!

Yes, yes, yes, both the PS3 and X360 controllers have mini-keyboard add-ons available but that still makes it only slightly more useable than an old school mobile phone. I guess you can also use a USB keyboard if you really want too…
When I was checking out the X360 integration and my inner monologue was moaning about this problem, it suddenly dawned on me that I was thinking about the whole integration thing in the wrong way…. (more…)

X360 or PS3?

I own both (as well as a very underused Wii).
Historically, i’ve invested far more into the X360 than the PS3 both in terms of buying games and actual game time.
Most of my friends also own X360’s so back when I had lots of free time for gaming, I spent time playing online over the fantastic Xbox Live network.
There is also the small matter of the ongoing gamerpoint competition.  It seemed ridiculous back when we all started out with X360s a couple of years back but we ended up getting hooked into trying to beat out each others scores.
This meant that when a game is multi-platform (as most are these days), I get the X360 version because of the achievement points.  Sad but true!
I have only four games for the PS3 (2 downloaded from PSN), Metal Gear Solid, Little Big Planet, Zombie Apocalypse (PSN) and Wipeout (PSN).
However, having since gotten an even MORE time intensive job as well as marriage, my game time has slipped dramatically.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been contemplating moving to the PS3 as my sole gaming entertainment provider but I’m not sure I’m ready to take the plunge.
With todays release of FIFA 2010, I’m tempted take the chance and go with PS3.  However that means limiting my online play to strangers and my 360 owning friends pull further away on the gamerpoint front..
Decisions, decisions..

Yes, I know this is an oft talked about topic but I don’t mean it in a “Which is better?”, fanboy way.
I own both (as well as a very, very under used Wii) but historically, i’ve invested far more into the X360 than the PS3 both in terms of buying games and actual game time.
I’m trying to decide if I should continue with the almost 100% support of the X360 platform or whether the time has come for me to start moving over to PS3… (more…)