Contrasting and Comparing, "PS2/Xbox"

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Comparing and Contrasting PS2/Xbox

They are both game consoles, are marked at the same price, and sold to millions of users around the world. Sony's Playstation 2 and Microsoft Xbox have many similarities, but there are also many differences between them.

PS2 provides four unique controller modules: the Dual Shock Analog Controller that may be purchased in four different colors, the Dual Shock 2 Analog Controller that comes in only one color, the Logitech Cordless Controller that requires no cord and has twenty-foot sensor range with fifty hours of battery life, and the Logitech NetPlay Controller that processes user commands by use of a keyboard. They all have access to analog and digital modes of play and are compatible with Playstation and PS2.

Xbox, unlike the PS2, has a larger controller that provides five unique modules: the Xbox Controller S with three distinctive colors to choose from with pinpoint accuracy and two analog pressure point triggers, the Controller Pad Pro that contains rubber grips on both sides to provide comfort, with the same features as the module S, the Thrustmaster Firestorm Upad that provides rubber handles for comfort and support, the Phoenix is designed for gamers that prefer an increase in controller size, and comes in three different colors with rubber grips, and the Vortex Controller, which contains rubber grips and rounded buttons for maximum comfort.

Unlike the PS2, they provide two memory card slots within the controller and a breakaway cord connecting to the CPU (Central Processing Unit).

The CPU is probably the most important quality pertaining to both consoles, yet they provide similar visuals and built completely different. An emotional engine drives the PS2, which contains a 128-bit operator and 64-bits of integer units for reducing instructions and enhancing DVD playback. The problem comes from the...