The Battle Of The Giants

PlayStation 3 Specifications

Cell Processor
PowerPC-base Core @3.2GHz
1 VMX vector unit per core
512KB L2 cache
7 x SPE @3.2GHz
7 x 128b 128 SIMD GPRs
7 x 256KB SRAM for SPE
* 1 of 8 SPEs reserved for redundancy
total floating point performance: 218 GFLOPS

RSX @550MHz
1.8 TFLOPS floating point performance
Full HD (up to 1080p) x 2 channels
Multi-way programmable parallel floating point shader pipelines

Dolby 5.1ch, DTS, LPCM, etc. (Cell – base processing)
256MB XDR Main RAM @3.2GHz 256MB GDDR3 VRAM @700MHz
System Bandwidth
Main RAM 25.6GB/s
VRAM 22.4GB/s
RSX 20GB/s (write) + 15GB/s (read)
SB < 2.5GB/s (write) + 2.5GB/s (read)

System Floating Point Performance
Detachable 2.5″ HDD slot x 1
USB Front x 4, Rear x 2 (USB2.0)
Memory Stick standard/Duo, PRO x 1
SD standard/mini x 1
CompactFlash (Type I, II) x 1

Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) x 3 (input x 1 + output x 2)
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR)

Bluetooth (up to 7)
USB 2.0 (wired)
Wi-Fi (PSP)
Network (over IP)

AV Output
Screen size: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
HDMI: HDMI out x 2
Analog: AV MULTI OUT x 1
Digital audio: DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) x 1

Disc Media
CD PlayStation CD-ROM, PlayStation 2 CD-ROM, CD-DA, CD-DA (ROM), CD-R, CD-RW, SACD, SACD Hybrid (CD layer), SACD HD, DualDisc, DualDisc (audio side), DualDisc (DVD side)
DVD: PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM, PlayStation 3 DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW
Blu-ray Disc: PlayStation 3 BD-ROM, BD-Video, BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE

Comes In Three Attractive Colours

My Verdict @ A machine with revolutionary technology, the Playstation 3 is bound to blow you away with Sony patented Cell processor, capable of running 3 times as fast as the Xbox 360, comparatively. But that’s not all, the Playstation 3 would be backward compatible, something the Xbox might be lacking (who knows?) Why am I being so bitchy about the Xbox you ask? Well, this is because the Xbox 360 will be out late this year, wherelse the Playstation 3 will not be out until late next year or early 2007. That’s a freaking long time so I really, really want to give myself a valid reason on whether I should get the Xbox 360 first (which, by no means imply that I would not get the PS3 when it comes out lol!) I can’t speak enough for the PS3 (other than its weird, space-age shape!)… As a loyal supporter of the Playstation Family my dream is to someday fill my room with the Playstation 1, 2 and 3 (and both the PSX and PSP too!) to create the ultimate gaming environment in which I can retire to… W00t!!

Xbox 360 Specifications

Custom IBM PowerPC-based CPU

  • Three symmetrical cores running at 3.2 GHz each
  • Two hardware threads per core; six hardware threads total
  • VMX-128 vector unit per core; three total
  • 128 VMX-128 registers per hardware thread
  • 1 MB L2 cache

CPU Game Math Performance

  • 9 billion dot product operations per second

Custom ATI Graphics Processor

  • 10 MB of embedded DRAM
  • 48-way parallel floating-point dynamically scheduled shader pipelines
  • Unified shader architecture

Polygon Performance

  • 500 million triangles per second

Pixel Fill Rate

  • 16 gigasamples per second fill rate using 4x MSAA

Shader Performance

  • 48 billion shader operations per second


  • 512 MB of 700 MHz GDDR3 RAM
  • Unified memory architecture

Memory Bandwidth

  • 22.4 GB/s memory interface bus bandwidth
  • 256 GB/s memory bandwidth to EDRAM
  • 21.6 GB/s front-side bus

Overall System Floating-Point Performance

  • 1 teraflop


  • Detachable and upgradeable 20GB hard drive
  • 12x dual-layer DVD-ROM
  • Memory Unit support starting at 64 MB


  • Support for up to four wireless game controllers
  • Three USB 2.0 ports
  • Two memory unit slots

Optimized for Online

  • Instant, out-of-the-box access to Xbox Live features with broadband service, including Xbox Live Marketplacefor downloadable content, gamer profile for digital identity, and voice chat to talk to friends while playing games, watching movies, or listening to music
  • Built-in Ethernet port
  • Wi-Fi ready: 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g
  • Video camera ready

Digital Media Support

  • Support for DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA CD, MP3 CD, JPEG Photo CD • Ability to stream media from portable music devices, digital cameras and Windows XP-based PCs
  • Ability to rip music to the Xbox 360 hard drive
  • Custom playlists in every game
  • Built-in Media Center Extender for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
  • Interactive, full-screen 3-D visualizers

High-Definition Game Support

  • All games supported at 16:9, 720p, and 1080i, anti-aliasing
  • Standard-definition and high-definition video output supported


  • Multi-channel surround sound output
  • Supports 48KHz 16-bit audio
  • 320 independent decompression channels
  • 32-bit audio processing
  • Over 256 audio channels

System Orientation

  • Stands vertically or horizontally

Customizable Face Plates

  • Interchangeable to personalize the console

My Verdict @ The Xbox 360 hasn’t got enough Role-Playing Games to keep me interested. Enough said. (Not to mention its ugly shape and colour, although there IS the “fascia change” ability to change its looks, yet another masterful Microsoft marketing plan I must say!)… Ooops I’ve mentioned it =P

My Verdict @ So far no news regarding the Nintendo Revolution other than it is supposedly able to “blow” gamers away with its “revolutionary” way to “play” its games. Their motto: It’s not the games that decides the playability, but HOW YOU PLAY IT. Wonderful Mr.Nintendo, let’s keep the gaming industry alive with new innovations like your new multi-sensored controllers!!

All images and information were retrieved from, a site filled with information the three gaming consoles.

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