Review: Sony's PS3 versus Nintendo's Wii

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Nintendo Co. Ltd. and Sony Corp.'s next-generation game consoles are finally ready for play, and bring significant advances to the gaming world. The pricier Sony PlayStation 3 packs a lot into a console, including high-definition graphics, a hard disk, and a Blu-ray Disc drive that delivers great image quality. But with its innovative controller, Nintendo's Wii may offer the better gaming experience.

We tested the $599 PS3 that features a 60GB drive and 802.11b/g wireless networking plus Memory Stick, SD Card, and CompactFlash media slots. A $499 version lacks wireless and has just a 20GB drive. Both PS3 models let you copy photos, MPEG-4 videos, and music files to the hard disk, and both offer Gigabit Ethernet and built-in Bluetooth.

The Wii (pronounced "we") costs $250 and builds in Wi-Fi (but not ethernet). Like the PS3, it has an SD Card slot and can display photos, but its standard-def DVD drive can't yet play movies (Nintendo and Sonic Solutions are working on that).

What's in the bundles?

Both consoles were easy to set up. However, neither comes with the cables...

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