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Microsoft Xbox 360 Review

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Best Budget Console: Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3 (tie)

If you’re looking for budget gaming and a huge library of titles, buy either the Xbox 360 or the PlayStation 3. Just as with current-generation consoles, there are many games for the older Xbox and PlayStation that are exclusive to either platform. The entire Halo series, for example, can only be played on Xbox, and Halo 4 – the last one to come out for the 360 – is among the best first-person shooters of all time.

Since it came out a year after the Xbox 360, the PS3 had more time to gestate in Sony’s design lab and has better hardware as a result. Its exclusives, like Infamous and Little Big Planet, look all the better for that extra power. There are certainly plenty of them to try; out of well over 1,000 PS3 games released on disc alone, more than 200 can’t be played on other consoles.