Game Systems Smackdown
Its times like these when it hits me how much I love my job. Sitting in PC Mag Labs purring away are all three of the major gaming consoles. Thats right, Im talking about the much-hyped and anticipated
Viewed side by side, its seems to me that the slickest, most seductive model is the PS3. With a 3.2GHz cell processor and powerful 3-D graphics capabilities, you get an intense PC-caliber gaming experience here without the technical issues of a standard computer. The PlayStation also displays its games in stunning high definition and even plays Blu-ray movies along with standard DVDs.
Of course overwhelming video and processing power isnt everything. Nintendos Wii proves this by offering up maddeningly addictive and intuitive game play. The Wiis wireless controllers make even the bundled Tennis, Bowling and Boxing sports titles amazingly enjoyable. Every day at lunchtime, a line forms in front of the Wii we have set up in the PC Magazine labs.
Dont count the venerable Xbox 360 out, though. Thanks to a recent software update, the 360 can now output game graphics to an HDTV in glorious 1080p just like the PS3. Add to this the deep library of existing tittles and new HD DVD player attachment, and you still have a seriously compelling platform.
Speaking of HD viewing, better make sure youre set up to enjoy all this high-def goodness. Currently weve got the PS3 hooked up to a gargantuan 58-inch rear projection
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