XBOX 360 vs Playstation 3 Graphics

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.

Need for Speed Carbon

Both systems have fairly similar graphics in Need for Speed Carbon, but the Xbox 360 has better lighting while the PS3 has sharper textures. The 360 has better high dynamic range lighting in the Camaro image. We’re not sure if the PS3 version blurs the background tree leaves on purpose, but it’s another noticeable difference. The lighting in the street shot appears more realistic on the 360, but the building textures are sharper on the PS3. We also seem to be missing some lighting and a few landmarks in the rearview mirror of the PS3 version.

Call of Duty 3

Call of Duty 3 has made its way onto just about every major console, but it definitely looks best on the Xbox 360. The PlayStation 3 comes in a close second, but the 360 is the clear winner. The textures have less detail on the PS3, and the game looks a little washed out. Between the overly bright visuals and muddy textures, the PlayStation 3 can’t match the 360 version’s gritty look.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance

You’ll have to make your Marvel Ultimate Alliance decision based on Xbox 360 rumble support versus PS3 Sixaxis control since the graphics seem to be identical on both systems. We tested all games at 720p using component cables to keep the comparison as even as possible.


4 Responses to “XBOX 360 vs Playstation 3 Graphics”

  1. I totally agree with you on the differences between the xbox and the ps3 for call of duty

    on the xbox it’s a lot better despite I was expecting it to be better on the ps3

  2. I agree, but except for Pro street most of these games were older (first year PS3). Compare like Call of Duty 4. I don’t know if I can see much of a different.
    But up to this point most developers programed for the xbox 360 (which is easier to program for) and then port it over to the PS3. You then loose some of the power of the PS3. One company (I can’t remember there name) decided to flip that and develop for the PS3, and then port to the Xbox 360 (down grade A little). This way you still get the best of both worlds. The problem is your development takes longer with the PS3! so if the budget supports it! Go for it!

  3. Poseidon TheWet Icebreak Says:

    Thanks For the comment

  4. i dont what to gey between a 360 or ps3

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