Posted by John on October 8, 2011

4 PS3 games that are better on Xbox 360

Over the last few week’s we’ve been playing with fire, putting together lists of games that perform noticeably better on one platform over another. it’s a dangerous game, but someone’s got to do it.

This week we’re looking at multi-platform games that shined a little brighter on the Xbox 360 than the PlayStation 3.

The power of the PlayStation 3 is undeniable, when it made its debut there were more than a few people referring to it as a super computer. But unfortunately the complexity of its architecture has meant developers have had a tough time getting to grips with it, the end result being games that perform better on the familiar Xbox 360 hardware.

For most people the technical differences that arise between the two versions are negligible but for the more discerning gamer amongst you, of which we’re sure there are quite a few, these niggles can be the deciding factor when making a purchasing decision.

Here are a few of those games…


Much like Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption looks quite spotty on the PlayStation 3 compared to its 360 counterpart. Since both games use the Euphoria game engine and share some other under-the-hood features much of the same issues with the PS3 version of GTA are present in RDR.

According to people a lot smarter than us the PlayStation 3 version renders at a much lower resolution than the Xbox 360 and then uses software trickery to upscale the game to 720, after which it applies anti-aliasing to cheekily hide all those pesky jaggies. The Xbox 360 on the other hand runs at 720p natively and throws in some 2x multisample anti-aliasing for that extra eye-candy.

To the naked eye the Xbox 360 version of Red Dead Redemption looks a little more vibrant and much crisper. We also notice far fewer visual hiccups when traversing the larger areas. In a fast paced action game these are flaws we might be willing to overlook, but in an open-world experience lasting around 30 hours where we’re encouraged to explore and invited to lose yourself in the world these oddities can be illusion shattering.

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