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Is the PS3 really more powerful than a $1000+ PC?


I was told that the PS3 uses government technology and can outperform a PC no matter what by a friend, I don’t think he is right but I’d like more info on the matter.

I mean is it really possible for a $300 gaming system to play better than a custom built $1000 or more PC with the best possible hardware? I noticed that a lot of games on the PC look better than the PS3 but that could just be personal preference, is it really true?

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  1. Most console games are roughly the same on all consoles simply because they were designed to be easily distributed on multiple consoles. In other words, Xbox badness makes PS3 games worse than they could be. Most games STILL don’t fully utilize what the PS3 is capable of, and it has been around a long time. One thing to note about the PS3 is it doesn’t have much memory, so larger more immersive worlds will sometimes get a sort of low resolution lag (Temporarily shows the image in low res as the better texture loads), which takes away from game play.

    That being said, the PS3 is still a rather old console. Newer high end PCs will significantly outperform it, except there aren’t many games out that fully utilize higher end systems since more availability to consumers means more money for developers. They aren’t paid more to give you a better product, simply one more people will buy. If you notice, new MMOs, which are PC only, tend to have much better graphics available on the highest settings.

    There are certain games that were basically reskinned for a version of it, making it better. For example the best looking Bioshock (1) is on PS3 because it was completely redesigned when they made it available for PS3. The best looking crisis 2 is on PC because the PS3 version is a direct Xbox copy. Etc.

    Long story short games currently do not use all hardware resources available to them, so it just varies by what the developers throw on the PC/PS3’s disc.

  2. Can a PS3 by itself outperform a computer? No.

    Can several PS3s be linked together to create a Super Computer, and be better than a computer? Yes.

    When the PS3 was first released the hardware made it more cost effective to use the PS3 as a Super Computer than it was to build custom Super Computers, as the cost would have been more than the PS3 cost, and yes, it was the US Government doing this (Air Force to be exact).

    Here are a couple examples:

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    That is probably where your friend got his information from (which is a little off), and while the Government does use the PS3, it is not Government technology, especially considering the PS3 is made by Sony, a Japanese company, not a US company (I don’t think Japan is giving away top secret Government information to one of their locally based companies).

  3. No, maybe in 2005 it rivaled them but defefinitly not in 2011. You can get a pc under $800 and that will be more powerful than a ps3. I would give up my ps3 and buy a $2300 pc if i could afford it. My ps3 is still good enough for me though, but i would give anything to play skyrim on a good gaming pc.

  4. It’s a PS3, it’s awesome, it does everything. I’m not even really a gamer, and I BLOODY LOVE IT. The only annoying thing is that it doesn’t ship with an HDMI cable — it ships with the basically obsolete (and hobbling) tri-whatever cable, which is utterly silly. When you order your PS3, order an HDMI Cable 2M (6 Feet) (or hopefully they’ll start shipping with non-obsolete cables!) as well, put your elliptical trainer in front of your TV, and then GO HAVE FUN!

  5. Cant really say thats true. Although I do enjoy playing on a ps3 more then sitting at a computer all night with a joy stick in my hand. When I can just lay in bed and play ps3 on the big screen.

  6. This was true when the PS3 came out (and when it was sold for $599)

    They developed a Cell processor that really only super computers would use. (even though it was a smaller version).

    But now most i5 and i7 with a good graphic card could do better then a PS3. (or an xbox 360).

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