The only time I don't do that is if I heard a game is vastly superior or has some alternate content available to it that I'm interested in.
Between the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions, I generally go with the Xbox 360 version. Prefer Xbox Live and prefer the 360's gamepad. And with the MadCatz SFIV pad, even games that require decent digital control are able to be enjoyed on the 360.
Only been a few exceptions where I went with the PS3 version. Birds of Prey and Birds of Steel since it allows me to use my Saitek X-52 throttle/stick combination from the PC. And I own both versions of Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection since I'm a sucker and couldn't resist.
Can't think of anything else that I've bought on the PS3 that is also available to North American Xbox 360 owners.
I'd go with the 360 version every time, as the load times are usually shorter and the controls are better, though maybe that's because i'm much more used to the 360 controller then the dualshock.
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Good post. I have to admit that while I used to strongly prefer multi-platform games on the 360, now I don't have a very strong opinion on it.
Still, I find it takes a longer time to get a new game up and running on the PS3, mainly due to lengthy system updates. The other week I popped in the new Tiger Woods and it took me at least a half hour to reach the main menu.
Another thing that affects me a lot is when games insist on installing themselves on the hard disk. This is a phenomenon that is pretty much exclusive to the PS3, although it has subsided in recent years. Despite having the "big" hard drive (for a launch system anyway), my drive is now full, so when a new game needs to be installed, I have to go through a lot of trouble to clear out space. You may not have encountered this yet, but you might someday.
I also prefer 360 games because I don't have to download half a dozen updates and wait an hour before playing them like you do with the PS3 versions, so I still say 360 versions are better.
Though it can sometimes just depend on the game. For the most part for me, I go with the Ps3. I have been using my 360 lately just for its exclusives that I cant get on the Ps3. The Witcher 2 being one for instance.
Actually, this was another big reason I opt for the PS3 version a lot of the time. I worked at a new and used book/movie/game/music store so I can see the discs a lot of the time before I buy the game. We even own a buffer that I can use to remove all the scratches from my discs. Still, even with this as the reason I still prefer the PS3 discs simply because the whole game usually fits on one disc. I have always hated the notion of switching discs in between games. This was a much bigger problem 2 generations ago, with the PS1 and Saturn, but I never have quite got over it.
I actually prefer the PS3 controls versus the 360 for everything except fighter games (I don't enjoy FPS at all so that doesn't count for me). I have a much easier time pulling combos and chaining together moves on the 360 controller. Probably due to all my hours playing Dead or Alive and Capcom vs. SNK 2 back on the original xbox (with the controller s, not the fat and clunky original controller).
I had never seen high def before this generation, so the games that look slightly worst on the PS3, never have looked that bad to me. Now that developers seem to have more experience with the PS3, this is apparently less of an issue then what once was.
As for the games on the PS3 that require to be downloaded onto the actual console (Heavy Rain comes to mind, although that was a PS3 exclusive), that is a really annoying issue. It takes forever and is quite a pain in the a**. Thankfully, that is the only game I own that has made me have to have to download the game to the hard drive. I honestly thought my disc was defective when my PS3 prompted me to do this. I own somewhere between 50-60 PS3 games, and thankfully I have had very few problems with this.