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XBOX vs PS3.

Photo of Eric Kohn By Eric Kohn | Eric Kohn August 28, 2009 at 2:37AM

XBOX vs PS3.

The door to a Gamespot in Brooklyn showcases new competition.

Microsoft and Sony have been competing for a long time over gamer interest in their respective platforms, the XBOX 360 and the Playstation 3, but the battle just went up a notch. Last week, Sony dropped the price of the PS3 by $100, down to $299. Yesterday, XBOX decided to follow suit.

Now, there are two high-priced entertainment consoles available for the same amount. That means we can play the compare-and-contrast game! At this point, the appeal of these systems goes far beyond which games they play (especially since most of the good ones are available on both of them). While both systems offer video on demand content, the PS3 appears to have a leg up by offering Blu-ray compatibility, although many users probably don't care, since it's more cost-effective to watch streaming content.

As holiday season approaches (yes, already!), consumers must determine which all-purpose entertainment consul they want in their households. Of course, anyone with $600 to burn can easily avoid this question (or just get a Wii, which is a lot cheaper).

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