STFUandPLAY's Romudeth writes: "This is a follow up on the conversation from Warzone #177. OOG and I talked about what Sony needs to do to fix the PSN and what is in store for the gaming industry with regards to online functionality."
The only big difference between live and psn is cross chat. I own both and I don't understand it when people talk trash about the psn because if functions smoothly when it comes to gaming online. Perhaps its bias? Anyway, Xbox live is for people who like to play with friends they know and met online and got to know. I could say the same thing for the psn as well but its lacking the ease. Does this make Xbox live superior to the psn? No. I can still have as much fun playing on the psn without the extras because, when it comes down to gaming, there isn't much of a difference between the two. Now, in terms of community it depends on the game. People say the killzone 3 community is dead and they are wrong. The community is still very strong. You just have to keep searching and I promise you will find a full session. Same thing goes for many of the big multi player games. There is still community; just find it.
It is more to do with the uniformity, modern design, availability and ease of use. On XBL it is extremely easy to send messages, organize a match via party and so on to play a game. A good scenario is for instance when my friends (as a group) is playing a match, I want to join in, but have to wait for them to finish. Then it is great that I can join in on a party and wait while playing a different game. Then imagine this with many people leaving and joining? How do you do this on PSN? Call each other? Skype on PC? That is just one example (arguably a very big one though), but there are more. On the surface, it looks the same to people that don't use XBL, but there is a reason why people continually pay for it when there is a free option on cheaper priced hardware that also gives you more.
'A good scenario is for instance when my friends (as a group) is playing a match, I want to join in, but have to wait for them to finish. Then it is great that I can join in on a party and wait while playing a different game. Then imagine this with many people leaving and joining?' I have to say but this really sums up a huge advantage XBL has over PSN. Its gotten to the point where my friends and I are actually calling each other on mobile phones or texting to get everyone together if we're playing different games at the time. Outside of that though the actual experience as far as online connectivity and community goes is fine on PSN.
Steam is the winner.
PSN is the undisputed winner. Free games, free service, free everything just to start off. Not to mention voice, video and text chat. This coming from an Xbox live gold member of 4 years.
'Voice video and text chat' I think you started talking about the 360 there.
but i've noticed PSN is much slower than XBL, being free and all.
Live has the better infrastructure. Live has the better look and servers. All that is to be expected from Microsoft. Sony has vastly improved but you will likely see them surpass it meet Live next generation. $60 is easy to pay for Live because of what it offers and many people here don't share that same sentiment but millions actually do. If not ee would move to PSN yet that isn't as good in our opinions. But it really boils down to is where your friends game. My friends game on PS3 so I have one and play certain games on there but otherwise time is spent on Live. We game where our friends are not where our loyalty is.
People pay for xbox live because if they didn't they wouldn't being able to play any game with online multiplayer. Remove that requirement from live and see how many pay for it then.
But you can't say that when the competition offers that free.
The competition is on a different console, which offers not just free online, but different games, in general. If it were JUST a matter of online play and people still chose XBL, that'd be one thing, but that's not the case. Halo is the difference. So is Gears. And Forza, and all the games you can only find on 360. And most with large online components, which means paying for XBL. Do you SERIOUSLY think people wouldn't rather have free online on 360? You think they'd rather pay for it? Of course, you don't. And then, to use your own words: we game where our friends are. A lot of good having a 360 is gonna be if you don't pay for that online to play with your friends, right? C'mon, man.
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