Game Wars

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 November, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 November, 2003, 12:00am

Xbox and PlayStation both slashed their prices this week - we look at the pros and cons of each game


Xbox fan Flo says: 'I much prefer Xbox. The graphics are better and the games seem much more life-like with realistic backgrounds and movements.

There is a wide variety of games, from cartoons to realistic games. The cartoon ones are great, with a lot of 3-D and colour. I've been testing out the snowboarding game - Amped2 (see review on Page 4) - which is excellent.

Xbox is also better for party games - you can hook four consoles on to each Xbox, so you can drive around with four friends, which is cool.

I've heard that PS3 is on the way. It might be an improvement on PS2 - I didn't think there was a big difference between PS1 and PS2. Most of my friends say they would rather buy an Xbox than PS2.'

Amy Chau from Xbox says:'Xbox has a special graphic processing unit which improves the speed and quality of the graphics.

We are launching Xbox Live for online gaming in Hong Kong in the spring next year. We have already launched it in North America, Australia, Japan, Korea and some European countries, so when Hong Kong users join they will be linking to one million users around the world.

We have localised a lot of our products and have many Cantonese titles, as well as Cantonese and Mandarin voiceovers. We plan to bring out Xbox 2 about the same time that PlayStation brings out PS3.'


Price: $1,450 (promotion: $1,488 for consul and three games)

Game price: $299

CPU 733 MHz

Graphics, clock frequency: 233 MHz Dolby Digital 5.1 sound

Media: DVD capability (Movie Playback kit $229)

Number of games: 120


PS2 fan Jean-Baptiste says: 'I think the games are more important than the consoles, so I'd say that PS2 is the best. You can't beat PS2 for game selection, it's got hundreds to choose from - you can play all the PS1 games on PS2. Of course, it depends what kind of games you like. Xbox does first-person shooters but for racing games - my favourite - PlayStation is way ahead. And the PS2 comes with a DVD, which is a bonus.

Xbox definitely has better graphics overall, but PS2 comes pretty close on the big games. And although Xbox might look good, the control and depth of the games falls short of PS2.'

James Hong from PlayStation says: 'We have sold more 62 million PlayStation consoles around the world. We have 10 times more titles than any other game player and every month we release more than 30 titles in Hong Kong. We are really popular with sports games, like the soccer game Winning 11 and the GT series, which is the world's number one racing game. We are going to release GT4 soon - it will have a Hong Kong racing course, from Tsim Sha Tsui to Jordan along Nathan Road and Canton Road.

We are planning to release PS3 some time, but I can't give you any details at present.'


Price: $1,480 (promotion: $1,380)

Game price: $380

CPU: 294.912 MHz

Graphics, clock frequency: 147.457 MHz Dolby Digital 5.1 sound


Number of games: more than 4,000


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