Xbox 360 vs. PS3 - Which has the best graphics?

Sony's PlayStation 3 is a marvel of technology, while the Xbox 360 has been out for over 12 months. But which games console outputs the best graphics? Gamespot carried out some checks and found that the graphics of most of the Xbox 360 games were superior to those of the PS3.

Sony's PlayStation 3 is a marvel of technology, while the Xbox 360 has been out for over 12 months.  But which games console outputs the best graphics?  Gamespot carried out some checks and found that the graphics of most of the Xbox 360 games were superior to those of the PS3.

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The Gamespot examined a large number of games before coming to their conclusion.  These included:

  • Need for Speed Carbon
  • Call of Duty 3
  • Madden 07
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance
  • NBA 2K7
  • Fight Night Round 3
  • Tony Hawk's Project 8
  • Tiger Woods PGA 07

Conclusion:

We expected the PlayStation 3 to ship with several games that first appeared on the Xbox 360, similar to how the Xbox 360 had a lot of Xbox ports at launch. And the PS3 did indeed arrive with a good number of games that originally shipped for the Xbox 360. This gave us the perfect opportunity to compare the graphics on both systems with several cross-platform games. You'd think that the PS3 versions would be exactly the same or slightly superior to the Xbox 360 versions, since many of these games appeared on the 360 months ago, but it seems like developers didn't use the extra time to polish up the graphics for the PS3. We found that the Xbox 360 actually had better graphics in the majority of the games we compared.

To my eye, the Xbox 360 graphics do look better for most of the games.  My advice is unchanged - unless you absolutely need to be at the cutting edge, wait 6 - 12 months for the PS3.  By then the bugs will have been ironed out (such as the scaling issue, which still remains unfixed, despite the version 1.3 firmware patch) of the system.

What do you think?  Check it out for yourself.  The mouseover graphics comparison on Gamespot is amazing.

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