Originally Posted by licence_to_kill
Although it might be tough to find a single core processor, a 6 year old pos gfx card, and ram that comes in anything less than 2gb
XB360 uses a tri-core CPU. Each running at 3.2ghz just as an FYI. Although, on the flip side, it's a PowerPC based chip by IBM.
The thing is... doesn't matter if you can build a PC for "less". You can't get game designers to design their game for JUST your configuration and tweak every little bit out of that single design. Therefore you will receive a lower performance for your dollar overall.
That's why Consoles like the XB360 hold up even when their specifications aren't as impressive as time moves. When you're designing for a SINGLE hardware/OS combination and nothing else you can take advantage of every little bit of that system. You only have to worry about that SINGLE hardware/software configuration. This allows vastly improved, and streamlined, coding when you can rule out any other possible piece.
The key is how easy/hard it is for the programmers to design for that. The XB360 has been applauded by Developers over and over for the ease at which they can design/tweak/etc every bit out of it.
The PS3, while superior processing and some design pieces, has the reverse and developers who code for both platforms have found it much harder to design. This is why it receives a large number, not ALL mind you, of ports of XB360 versions which have little odd issues (frame rate stutter being the most common).
The few studio's who truly do use the PS3 to it's height (games like Uncharted, God of War 3, etc) can really put out some impressive stuff but they're few and far between and the PS3 doesn't get to shine as much as it could. Also a lot of people, and the net is full of this type of comment, are a little spoiled by how solid the LIVE experience is and while PSN is free it's harder for them to adjust (people tend to like what's familiar to them).
Overall both are very solid systems. I own both a PS3 Slim and XB360 Slim and while the PS3 has some great games (psyched for Uncharted 3, Infamous 2 and a few others) I find myself more and more on my XB360.
Also to keep this on track. I agree. I enjoy the XB360 controller quite a bit more, but that's my PERSONAL preference. With the exception of the enormous XBOX Gen1 (non-S) controller I have always preferred it. Feel's more comfortable to me, personally. So a solid PS3 version would be nice, but I use my PS3 so rarely (unless a huge title like I mentioned grabs me) that I wont dump any cash on it right now.