Guardian lists pros and cons of each gaming console

Friday, 11th December 2009 16:30 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


The Guardian has a list up of the current consoles available on the market – excluding handhelds – and lists the pros and cons of each one that you should consider before making a purchase. PC and Mac are listed as well.

When it came to whether or not to recommend Wii, the article stated that it “offers a perfect introduction to videogames”, but if you are in the market for better graphics or “ground-breaking” games – PS3 and Xbox 360 are the way to go.

After stating that, and giving PS3 a compliment in a round about way, the article then suggests that the only reason to purchase the Sony is if the consumer harbors an “obsession with the PlayStation brand”. Citing the £250 price point and exclusives such as Tomb Raider and Grand Theft Auto becoming multiplatform as reason to stay away, the Guardian called PS3 a “disappointment for gamers”.

So, that leaves Xbox 360 to contend with, and the article claimed that the “best games portfolio” was present on 360, but if you wanted a great machine, splurge for the £200 Elite as the Arcade version’s “all but useless without a hard disk”.

There was really nothing to be noted in the PC and Mac recommendations, other than the obvious comment that one has to have a “powerful 3D graphics card” to run most games, and since the majority of Macs lack one, it’s hard to find games for that system.

Take from the list what you will, but as far as price points are concerned, the article failed to mention that for an extra £50, you are getting a Blu-ray player with PS3 as well, compared to regular DVD with Xbox 360.

Then again, it was written from a games-centric perspective, so there ya go.



  1. onlineatron

    3… 2… 1


    #1 5 years ago
  2. The Hindle

    Lol here he comes duck everyone.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Joe Anderson (wotta)

    That is probably the worst article I have ever read, are they fishing for hits today?

    #3 5 years ago
  4. No_PUDding

    Ahh, the ever relevant ‘one-millon-unit-selling-across-7-platforms’ Tomb Raider. Good point the Guardian, good point…

    #4 5 years ago
  5. onlineatron

    Tomb Raider lost exclusivity last gen and GTA was never exclusive (PC, PS3 and Xbox).

    #5 5 years ago
  6. The Hindle

    I thought hating on the Ps3 was in the past, its like 2006 all over again

    #6 5 years ago
  7. onlineatron

    In fact… VG247/ Stephany Nunneley… you should really remove this article.

    It’s only gonna give this sorry excuse for ‘journalism’ more hits.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. No_PUDding

    Steph, not that I think you’d remove, but if you considered it – don’t. This article deserves to be discussed well into the wee hours of Saturday morning, when return.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Psychotext

    I wonder how many of the Guardian readership will be buying any of these things anyway.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Eregol

    What qualifications do you need to write about videogames/consoles for the Guardian?

    To me it looks like an 8 year old wrote it. Seriously, has the editor looked at this? If it was me, I’d have fired the guy on the spot.
    What a poorly written shit heap of an article.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Stephany Nunneley

    I just found it absurd – which is why I posted it. Granted, I love the absurd usually, but when you don’t really contribute all factors into a list like this, how can you expect people to make an informed decision if that is what you are trying to help them with? Each one has it’s failings and positives – to just skim over the good is just poor research. I am wondering if it was just to fill a writing quota obligation -either way- I am wagging my finger at the Guardian over this.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Hunam

    Mainstream journalism is an absolute joke these days. It’s not worth the effort to get angry about it.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. onlineatron

    It’s odd… this article states that The ‘Guardian lists pros and cons of each gaming console’.

    But it seems the only platform they listed pros for was the 360.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. No_PUDding

    Bossman: Steve, you got something good for Friday?

    Steve: Nah been playign videogames all week…

    Bossman: That’s fine, I been killing shit in Moder Warfare 2.

    Steve: Me too.

    Bossman: You got a gamertag?

    Steve: Yeah. Stevie-is-a-lesbian1983

    Bossman: Cool, I hate Playstation 3.

    Steve: Yeah thats whack.

    Bossman: Write about it…

    Steve: Good idea.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. The Hindle

    :) yea Pud. You can so tell they are in bed with Microsoft

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Eregol

    I love how this article doesn’t have a section to leave your comments on.
    Obviously they knew they’d get slagged off.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Stephany Nunneley

    @13 Well, I couldn’t rightly title it “Guardian lists the reasons it wants to give MS a handjob in the parking lot” could I? :-D

    #17 5 years ago
  18. OlderGamer

    I am going to leave this one alone, to me it reads:
    here next to this pool of gasoline sits a match….

    #18 5 years ago
  19. The Hindle

    Haha its like how far you want us to bend over Microsoft. Seriously its articles like this that the Ps3 still has some bias round it.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. onlineatron

    @Stephany Nunneley

    Now that’s not fair is it?… Microsoft and The Guardian are both repectable companies with a lot of money.

    If anyone is giving anyone a handjob it will be in an executive limo!

    #20 5 years ago
  21. No_PUDding

    It doesn’t matter, I expect if the Guardian was at all aware of videogame politics (fanboy wars), of if the readers were more avid videogame politicians (fanboys), I am sure there’d be more of an effort to be impartial.

    But as I demonstrated with that dialogue, it’s just some guy writing to himself.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. MushroomStamp

    Can’t believe ya’ll are getting miffed about an article of truth :)

    /me ducks

    #22 5 years ago
  23. No_PUDding



    *waggles finger*

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Stephany Nunneley

    onlineatron – :-D :-D

    #24 5 years ago
  25. No_PUDding

    Also, never refer to us as y’all.

    There’s only a few people on this site who have the option to use that kind of terminology.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Bojangles

    I’d say that’s a pretty poor summation of each system. That article misrepresents all of them.

    In that regard, at least, it’s fairly neutral.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. theevilaires

    I should have known this was Stephany Nunneley article ;)

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Robo_1

    That is quite possibly the weakest piece of games related journalism I’ve ever read. As somebody said, it’s the sort of thing an 8 year old would write – mind blown!

    #28 5 years ago
  29. reask

    What if you used women to categorise all 3.
    The Wii is a temptress that promises so much but gives very little.

    The PS3 is a good looking thing but very very choosy.

    The 360 is a nympho out and out but you will have the best time of your life having jumped in. ;)

    #29 5 years ago
  30. OlderGamer

    Too funny reask lol

    #30 5 years ago
  31. theevilaires

    good analogy Reask, but remember if you mess around with the 360 you could catch that STD….RROD :D

    Just make sure you have your 3 year warranty condom :P

    #31 5 years ago
  32. reask

    ^ :D

    #32 5 years ago
  33. No_PUDding

    Is a PC the equivalent of a man?

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Mike

    I actually thought the article was a joke. Seriously. I couldn’t believe it when I read it.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Howie Feltersnatch

    …and the Wii likes it rough and wild with lots of wiggle waggle movement…

    #35 5 years ago
  36. No_PUDding

    You sold your PS3 Mike, you’re a gamer, you were disappointed, isn’t it right?

    (I haven’t actally got the article unfortuntely).

    #36 5 years ago
  37. MushroomStamp

    Tea, just for the record. I have had to replace my PS3 twice because of faulty hardware.. The first time was in the first 4 weeks I had it.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Jadeskye

    You should try working retail some time Tea, you’d be surprised how many people give you PS3s to return which you then piss off by telling them they have to send it to sony.

    #38 5 years ago
  39. blackdreamhunk

    if you were to factual information on pc gaming beside consoles. Console gaming would be put shame. That is why the pc is not talk about or lied about.

    oh one more thing pc gaming has blue ray too.

    pc gaming has the must genres and libaray of game ever

    yes I coud go on.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. theevilaires

    umm are you guys not getting my joke above. It wasn’t a stab at M$ or Xbox360 I was just going along with Reask’s analogy. I can make the same jokes toward the PS3 and wii if you guys want???….

    #40 5 years ago
  41. mojo

    oright, i havent erad teh whole articel, nor teh comments here, an dim drunk, BUT:

    Maybe im not THE definition of a gamer nowadays, but after 20 long years of gaming more or less everyday any most of allm platforms that came and went away again, its a beat in my face to see a line like “PS3 is a disappointment for gamers”.

    Seriously, this is in the top10 of the most stupid arguments ever seen.

    Its obvious that this guy is not a gamer.
    Atz least not what i call a gamer. A gamer on heart.

    my opinioon: allthough it would have went like it did anyway, but the XBOX broughht the evil into gaming.
    If u disagree, u are wrong. End off.

    i could state various reasons, why a wii or even the xbox is the defionate opposite of true gamers interests.

    Its a shame to see how stupid ppl realy are.

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Psychotext

    “If u disagree, u are wrong. End off.”

    Cool argument bro.

    #42 5 years ago
  43. blackdreamhunk

    If you dis agree they call you all sorts of names like “troller”

    why because they can’t handle the truth

    yea them big companies sure have a nice dictorship going on these days.

    they hate the truth so much they will try to surpress the truth any how they can.

    #43 5 years ago
  44. Mike

    “the XBOX broughht the evil into gaming.
    If u disagree, u are wrong. End off.”


    #44 5 years ago
  45. blackdreamhunk

    here i found a nice link on youtube for people like you and this generation.

    by the end of this ression I am going to see alot bankuprt companies!

    #45 5 years ago
  46. Mike

    That woman is scary.

    #46 5 years ago
  47. reask

    In all fairness guys Tea was only having a laugh at my comment.
    I mean the article is a joke full stop anyway.
    I would love to get Stephs male version of my analogy. :)

    #47 5 years ago
  48. reask

    Whats a ression BDH?
    Is it PC exclusive like. :)

    #48 5 years ago
  49. reask

    Nice one Mojo.
    Can I have some of what you’re on. ;)

    #49 5 years ago
  50. Stephany Nunneley


    What if you used men to categorize all 3.

    The Wii is a fun boy-toy who makes you feel young again, but gets old after a while with all the constant neediness and “look at me!” mentality, and threatening suicide every time you try and call it off.

    The PS3 is a good looking, suave, modern man with loads of money and a Porche but you get tired of him over compensating with bells and whistles instead of packaging, also for his lack of follow through.

    The 360 is a nympho and doesn’t need a “big truck” to prove he has all the tools necessary to show you a good time. Still, his frat boy buddies coming over all the time screaming about n00bs and b00bs gets a bit old.

    In short – buy the PS3, get the Wii as a pool boy, and have a clandestine affair with the 360 when you need a real man.

    #50 5 years ago
  51. reask

    ^ Classic Steph. :D

    #51 5 years ago
  52. Johnny Cullen

    Classic. :D

    #52 5 years ago
  53. Jadeskye

    Steph, That was the best summary of the consoles i’ve ever heard, thank you. lol.

    #53 5 years ago
  54. OlderGamer

    Post of the year right there Steph! Nice. :)

    #54 5 years ago
  55. mojo

    just to add:
    im realy drunken!!
    oh boii!!

    sry for the harm..

    u know, in vino veritas.

    reask: no sorry, i cant support this :D

    #55 5 years ago
  56. reask

    @ mojo
    No probs mate. )

    Hey my summary wasnt half bad either.
    Girl lovers. :D

    #56 5 years ago
  57. ffronw

    Dear Stephany:

    For you, because you can’t say it.

    #57 5 years ago
  58. DaMan

    Pudding, you still seriously believe the latest Tomb Raider sold a couple of millions across 7 platforms? other than PS3 and 360 ones the rest of the versions sold little to zero.

    #58 5 years ago
  59. Jadeskye

    i believe it was sarcasm DaMan.

    #59 5 years ago

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