May 9, 2006 6:04 PM PDT

Next-gen console specs at a glance

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Pricing and availability for the next-generation video game consoles: Microsoft's Xbox 360, Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii.

ConsolePriceAvailabilityOptical mediaMemoryChip
Microsoft Xbox 360 without HDD$299 AvailableDVD with possible add-on HD DVD512MB GDDRThree-core custom IBM PowerPC; each core at 3.2GHz

500MHz ATI graphics processor

Microsoft Xbox 360 with 20GB HDD$399 AvailableDVD with possible add-on HD DVD512MB GDDR Three-core custom IBM PowerPC; each core at 3.2GHz

500MHz ATI graphics processor

PlayStation 3 with 20GB HDD$499 Nov. 17, 2006Blu-ray256MB of 700MHz GDDR 3; 256MB of XDR Cell Processor 3.2GHz

RSX GPU

PlayStation 3 with 60GB HDD$599 Nov. 17, 2006Blu-ray256MB of 700MHz GDDR 3; 256MB of XDR Cell Processor 3.2GHz

RSX GPU

Nintendo WiiN/AQ4 2006N/A512MB flash memoryIBM "Broadway" 729MHz

Graphics processor being developed with ATI

 
Correction: An original version of this chart contained mischaracterizations on several specifications. The corrected information is above.

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Memory
The table isn't really accurate since the Xbox 360 has 512MB of unified memory, while the PS3 has 256MB XDR + 256MB GDDR3 VRAM. Apples and oranges.
Posted by megazone (138 comments )
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Useless chart, should have gotten the facts straight.
$299 for a XBOX 360 with HDD, mind selling me one?

Memory part is misleading because XBOX 360 CPU & GPU share the 512MB of GDDR3. Sony has 256MB XDR, 256MB GDDR3, and 512MB GPU memory, so shouldn't it be 1GB memory on the chart. Not to mention XDR is more efficient than XBOX's 512MB GDDR3 memory.
Posted by tony_z (32 comments )
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way off
Nintendo's site (<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://wii.nintendo.com/hardware.html" target="_newWindow">http://wii.nintendo.com/hardware.html</a>) ays that it
has 512 internal flash memory. not 88.
Posted by rfelgueiras (189 comments )
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Yep
Yeah, they totally forget about the 256MB of DDR 3 memory in the PS3 (aside from the other 256 MB). Shouldn't a company that owns Gamespot be a little more accurate when it comes to a simple thing like the most basic of specs for game consoles. I'm beginning to wonder if you can take anything this site says seriously.
Posted by MrHandle (71 comments )
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Memory
The table isn't really accurate since the Xbox 360 has 512MB of unified memory, while the PS3 has 256MB XDR + 256MB GDDR3 VRAM. Apples and oranges.
Posted by megazone (138 comments )
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Useless chart, should have gotten the facts straight.
$299 for a XBOX 360 with HDD, mind selling me one?

Memory part is misleading because XBOX 360 CPU &#38; GPU share the 512MB of GDDR3. Sony has 256MB XDR, 256MB GDDR3, and 512MB GPU memory, so shouldn't it be 1GB memory on the chart. Not to mention XDR is more efficient than XBOX's 512MB GDDR3 memory.
Posted by tony_z (32 comments )
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way off
Nintendo's site (<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://wii.nintendo.com/hardware.html" target="_newWindow">http://wii.nintendo.com/hardware.html</a>) ays that it
has 512 internal flash memory. not 88.
Posted by rfelgueiras (189 comments )
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Yep
Yeah, they totally forget about the 256MB of DDR 3 memory in the PS3 (aside from the other 256 MB). Shouldn't a company that owns Gamespot be a little more accurate when it comes to a simple thing like the most basic of specs for game consoles. I'm beginning to wonder if you can take anything this site says seriously.
Posted by MrHandle (71 comments )
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Xbox w/ HDD
Why does it cost more than the Xbox without the HDD? 0_o
Posted by Denier OS (6 comments )
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Xbox w/o HDD
They got it backward. It should be $299 without HDD and $399 with the HDD.
Posted by McCallie (2 comments )
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Xbox w/ HDD
Why does it cost more than the Xbox without the HDD? 0_o
Posted by Denier OS (6 comments )
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Xbox w/o HDD
They got it backward. It should be $299 without HDD and $399 with the HDD.
Posted by McCallie (2 comments )
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HDMI 1.1 or HDMI 1.3 ?
If you have an HDTV, this is an issue you should also consider.

do a search for HDMI 1.3 and you'll see what I mean.
Posted by (16 comments )
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PS3 HDMI 1.3
It was reported earlier that the PS3 will be HDMI 1.3.
Posted by megazone (138 comments )
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The Chart is inaccurate and useless, especially in regards to PS3.
If you look at the chart, it doesn't give you the full story.

In the memory area, it doesn't tell you that 512Mb for 360 is total for system and video, and that its 256 mb for video and 256 mb for system in PS3.

Another thing is that the PS3 comes in to flavors - as reported in the BBC -

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4760553.stm" target="_newWindow">http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4760553.stm</a>

There is the "Game machine" without HDMI and memory ports (as in SD, CF, and memory stick), and the deluxe "Home Entertainment Hub" - which has all "the Works".

Obviously, slipping in a "trojan horse" in the form of Blu-Ray is not enough for Sony but observing how people opted for the "high end" 360 model, it's possible that Sony is banking on people to opt for the "Deluxe" model, rather than the "basic game machine".

My Two Cents,
Ned
Posted by techned (200 comments )
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The Chart is inaccurate and useless, especially in regards to PS3.
If you look at the chart, it doesn't give you the full story.

In the memory area, it doesn't tell you that 512Mb for 360 is total for system and video, and that its 256 mb for video and 256 mb for system in PS3.

Another thing is that the PS3 comes in to flavors - as reported in the BBC -

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4760553.stm" target="_newWindow">http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4760553.stm</a>

There is the "Game machine" without HDMI and memory ports (as in SD, CF, and memory stick), and the deluxe "Home Entertainment Hub" - which has all "the Works".

Obviously, slipping in a "trojan horse" in the form of Blu-Ray is not enough for Sony but observing how people opted for the "high end" 360 model, it's possible that Sony is banking on people to opt for the "Deluxe" model, rather than the "basic game machine".

My Two Cents,
Ned
Posted by techned (200 comments )
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HDMI 1.1 or HDMI 1.3 ?
If you have an HDTV, this is an issue you should also consider.

do a search for HDMI 1.3 and you'll see what I mean.
Posted by (16 comments )
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PS3 HDMI 1.3
It was reported earlier that the PS3 will be HDMI 1.3.
Posted by megazone (138 comments )
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