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Old 13-01-2006, 19:51   #1
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Best Console for Internet Gaming?

Help. Which console is best for Internet Gaming?

I'm looking for quality of games and number of users on line.

The games can't be rated over 18 (as most seem to be on the xbox 360) as I want to play them with my eldest son who is 7.
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Old 13-01-2006, 19:58   #2
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Old 13-01-2006, 20:00   #3
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Easily the Xbox or Xbox 360, although the 360 has less games (at the moment) but the option to restrict things like Family Zones, Voice, Content Downloading etc which may come in useful if you have young 'uns playing as the language is frankly disgusting by some people (if you're easily offended or young whereby it may not be suitable).

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there's only one brand in it in all fairness

hint - its not sony.
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360 all the way.
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As the others have said 360 all the way!
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Old 14-01-2006, 01:26   #7
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In order:
1.360
2.xbox1
3. PS2

......but to be fair, the PS2 isn't an online experience at all! It's a bloody pain in the arse, frustrating and has little if any UK users.
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Old 14-01-2006, 03:10   #8
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The PS2 service is the most popular and successful globally though.
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The PS2 service is the most popular and successful globally though.
But we all know that says more about the number of PS2s sold than the quality of the online system.

It's got to be the 360, or the XBox1 if you want something cheaper and with a larger back catalogue although the 360s live is better executed (thats not to say that individual games netcode is any better though). MS is heavily committed to Live and I can't see anyone coming up with a better system this generation given their headstart and Sonys disinterest in the idea of a unified Live like service. Nintendo will probably do something interesting though.
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Agree totally- the jump in the Live experience itself from Xbox to 360 is phenomenal, you have to see it in action.
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I was amazed how well Xbox Live has been implimented. There are some problems but im sure it will only get better.
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Typically how many people do you get on line for the non-adult orientated games?

I have (am know in the process of selling) a PSP which also boasts online play.

There were few games that offered this facility on the PSP and with some I very rarely found anyone on line (e.g. X Men, Snooker).

With other games such as World series of Poker and FIFA 06 you would find people on line at particular times in the day and week (although probably a dozen or so at any one time on average).

It was sometimes fiddly playing on line with FIFA06 - the other players dropped the connection. The only real online game for the PSP that I didn't find too fustrating was WSOP where the only niggle was that the game would be over if the person who started it left the table which they invariably did once they lost their chips.

Sounds like an X Box is the way to go. What are the best on line titles I should get, remembering that I'd like to also play them with/in front of my son.

I think the 360 might be an option when it's a bit more cheaper and has more kids games (which probably won't happen until 2007).

Thanks for all your advise so far. Any further info is greatly appreciated.
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360 by a mile

the most refined, popular, easiest to use and comprehensive console online experience available (and likely to remain so for the next-gen)

edit: that being said, i'm very interested in what Nintendo will do as they have started using the DS's wi-fi capability quite nicely so far...

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Don't know if this is any help to you. I have a PS2 and it was initially a struggle to get things up and running online but once up and running I found no difficulties in playing the following online:

Killzone
Burnout 3
Hardware (came with the net adaptor)
Timesplitters: Future Perfect
Splinter Cell

I appreciate that some of those are a little adult in nature but I have always seen plenty of people online to play against and have never been disappointed in this regard.
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360 by a mile

the most refined, popular, easiest to use and comprehensive console online experience available (and likely to remain so for the next-gen)

edit: that being said, i'm very interested in what Nintendo will do as they have started using the DS's wi-fi capability quite nicely so far...
What's the DS like on line? I'd imagine Nintendo having lots of childrens titles? Are many of them playable on line and more importantly how difficult is it to join a game and how many people are typically on line?
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More difficult than Live, as for AC you need to have other people's friends codes (presumably to stop people joining a game a spoiling it on purpose?). There's no shortage of finding people's codes from places like here though!

So far Animal Crossing and Mario Kart are very good to play online.

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The PS2 service is the most popular and successful globally though.
aye right.

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The PS2 service is the most popular and successful globally though.
Only by virtue of the asian RPG fraternity!
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I appreciate that some of those are a little adult in nature but I have always seen plenty of people online to play against and have never been disappointed in this regard.

Thats the other problem with Live - once a game is a few months old the kids on there get bored and stop playing it where as on the PS2 there is a much larger user base. Plus its free...
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Thats the other problem with Live - once a game is a few months old the kids on there get bored and stop playing it where as on the PS2 there is a much larger user base. Plus its free...
Whoa. That's quite a statement. There are lots of games that are more than 'a few months old' and are still played on by many. Halo 2 is the obvious example. It's been out for about 14 months now and it's still very popular (the most 'played-online' game, actually). Unless you have the slimline PS2, you have to buy a network adapter which costs around £20. An Xbox Live subscription is available for £20 (if you shop around) and the service is second to none.

Microsoft impressed me with Xbox live on the first Xbox and Xbox Live on the 360 is fantastic. The PS2 online service hardly has a 'Friends List' where you can easily send invites.

Xbox Live is definitely the leader in the online console gaming market and will be for at least another few years, unless Sony does something revolutionary (unlikely!).

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