Whose Services Are Planning To Be The Most Reliable? PS Plus vs Xbox Live Gold

"For the longest time, games consoles have been the number one place to enjoy gaming in your household. As time has passed we have seen improved AI, graphics, ways of displaying a story and even the integrity of the console itself. The Xbox 360, PS3 and the Wii U have transcended to become more than just games consoles as they can allow you to listen to music, watch movies, check what you missed on TV and even go onto the internet. As the next generation is on the horizon and another evolution of gaming is coming with it, should we now class games consoles as services instead of just gaming devices?"

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The_Infected1147d ago (Edited 1147d ago )

When Xbox Live goes down you lose accsess to everything. At least if PSN goes down other features don't.

sincitysir11146d ago

I've only ever payed for ps+ so ill say ps for me

blitz06231146d ago (Edited 1146d ago )

In terms of reliability I say XBL Gold, but that could easily change next gen because more people will be subscribing to PS+ and it's expected Sony will be investing more on their online services which was already good considering it was free for a long time

ShinMaster1146d ago (Edited 1146d ago )

PS Plus offers better features on PS4 at a better value.

Also, people shouldn't equate PSN on PS3 to PSN on PS4. Those who do are in denial.
And before anyone brings up the hack from 2 years ago, it was Sony themselves who took down PSN to make it stronger. There are tons of improvements being made for PS4. Sony is investing on stronger network infrastructure.

Shake_Zula1146d ago

A funny little tidbit. Sony actually helped create the original XBL that debuted with the original 360. Marinate on that for a bit.
Okay, so I preordered the PS4 because it's a beast of a system with some of the main specs related to core gaming being, even if marginally, better that the Xbone. In terms of PS+, I'm in love with the new features, and there's enough support for it to be just an awesome service.

With that said, I think XBL will simply be better.

Confused yet?

I can't purchase the PS4 for being a hardware-superior, and then ignore the fact that MS's Azure platform which will house XBL and MS's online gaming. It will be beast-like in terms of server-side speed and reliability. Plus, there's the fact that MS has been getting money for XBL specifically for over a decade now, while Sony is just getting on it's feet with its pay service.

No opinions, just facts from an IT guy.

sonarus1146d ago

Based on historical evidence i am highly inclined to say Xbox Live. With PS plus revenue though perhaps sony has already started to bolster their online service to better compete with Xbox Live. Personally i have played both and don't really have any problem playing online on either. However PS4 slow download speeds coupled with having to install and update and all that crap most of that seems to have already been taking care of though

DatRealBoy1146d ago

go watch ps4 announcement meeting and UI youtube vid it answers your last sentence

christrules00411146d ago

Sony partnered with Rackspace and in an earning call it was to "deploy openstack cloud". The thing with that is when you sign into your account, your friends list loads that happens on the cloud. Seeing how at Gamescom when Yoshida went from watching a match to being in it in 7 seconds including loading the game. That is really dang fast compared to how it is now.

It's also part of the PS3s issue because the RAM was allocated so they couldn't really improve there OS. The OS for the PS4 looks way better then the PS3. With that said it's really hard to tell based on what the PS3 does how the PS4 will perform. We have to wait and see.

ShinMaster1146d ago (Edited 1146d ago )

"However PS4 slow download speeds..."

Where are you getting this information from? Have you even downloaded anything on your PS4? Didn't think so.

jaelegend1146d ago

Those that disagreed EVERYTHING that has to do with a internet connection is BEHIND the xbox live pay wall...............just your friends and multiplayer on psn and with PS4 JUST multiplayer.

AngelicIceDiamond1146d ago

@Legend Well most features are behind the pay wall because if one person subscribes to Gold, then all your family and friends have gold as well.

In someways MS is encouraging you to opt into Gold for most of its features.

But PSN has great potential now that its mandatory to pay online. I like what Sony is doing, they made PSN fast and it has great social features such as The Share Button and X Game chat.

Mystogan1146d ago

No you won't? You don't lose anything. The DRM has been lifted remember?

also Xbox LIVE will be the most reliable once again. They have 300.000 dedicated servers this time around. Compared to 15.000 on the 360.

Xbox LIVE as always will be the superior service. Unless you look at things like free games every month. Which PS+ does offer. But for reliability there is no denying that Xbox LIVE is superior.

Kingthrash3601146d ago

when everything is behind a paywall its almost like drm..smh so....blind

n4rc1146d ago

Who gives a crap about the suddenly important pay wall? Sure let me DVR my single player game and share with the online friends I dont have...

Anyone remotely interested in gaming already has or will be getting gold or PS+

People are just making excuses now that they have to pay for multiplayer

USA0071146d ago (Edited 1146d ago )

That is 300,000 virtual servers, which is different from a physical server. No one knows how many actual servers they are using, because multiple virtual servers can fit on one machine

malokevi1146d ago

"paywall". lol.

I already happily pay for Xbox Live, so any improvement of the service is merely adding value to my existing plan. :) And boy are they supercharging the service!

Where as there will be tens of millions of Playstation users who will need to fork out an extra 60 dollars every year just so that they can play online.

USA0071146d ago (Edited 1146d ago )

@Malokevi PS+ is $50, and I like how you try and spin paying for ps+ as a bad thing while you "happily pay for xbox live." I agree on how the whole paywall argument is irrelevant if you already plan on paying for a service, but a paywall can be a game changer if you don't/can't pay for the online service. And as I stated in my previous comment, know ones knows how much xbl is changing as the 300,000 number is completely irrelevant. It could be a massive upgrade, or it could be a load of PR bull, but we'll find out eventually

malokevi1146d ago

"but a paywall can be a game changer if you don't/can't pay for the online service."

Exactly. And the portion of people that will be true for is much larger on the PS4, considering Xbox One is already a payed service.

Volkama1146d ago (Edited 1146d ago )

Source to confirm it's virtual servers?

It's not the first time I've seen someone say they mean virtual servers, but only ever in n4g comments. Given that azure also hosts office 365 and such, and 1billion was spent expanding an existing data centre for a single territory I find it plausible that they're referring to physical servers.

USA0071146d ago

MasterCornholio posts this later in the comments if you didn't see-

"The company has also confirmed that they aren’t 300,000 physical servers but virtualized cloud computing resources. Virtual servers means each physical server can host up to 1000 other servers or more with equal amount of resources."

loopygames1146d ago

It has been confirmed it is virtual machines/servers in an interview with Respawn by Eurogamer.

Digital Foundry: So you have server code in the cloud that all versions can access?

Drew McCoy: Our network engineer John Shiring wrote a really good article for our website, so you understand the basics of how it works. Based on demand in the region it'll spin up virtual machines and we have a package that has our server code in it that we can update whenever we need to, and it'll spin up an instance.

jaelegend1146d ago (Edited 1146d ago )

im talking about the apps netflix and other internet accesses. You must pay MS its not encouraging you to opt into Gold its demanding you! I dont have to sale my soul just to watch netflix. Netflix on Ps3/Ps4 8 bucks. Netflix on 360/one 68 bucks go pay MS you drone.

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Mystogan1146d ago

PSN one month downtime? Quick to forgive and forget when it comes to Sony are we?

Majin-vegeta1146d ago

23 days so quick to forget how to do math ehh??

sincitysir11146d ago

What's funny is that u can forgive Microsoft for their policies but we can forgive Sony for amuck up that happened over a year ago. #dealwithit

Oner1146d ago (Edited 1146d ago )

Especially when ~

a) Sony was attacked from an outside source and customers were affected


b) Microsofts policies were of THEIR OWN to affect THEIR OWN customers

ShinMaster1146d ago (Edited 1146d ago )

Sony themselves took down PSN to make it stronger.

BlaqMagiq241146d ago

So Sony hacked themselves so gamers couldn't be online? Didn't think so.

jaelegend1146d ago

Hacked, not a system failure on their part. Probably a bunch of XBOX lovers.

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_QQ_1146d ago

Remember when XBOX live went down for 2 months?

GameCents1146d ago

About the same time when Earth 2 was discovered on the alternate dimension?

Smithie921146d ago

Lol you'll lose access to your so-called free games that come with PS+ though ;)

ShinMaster1146d ago

You think PS Plus is just about free games? There's also a lot of other content and discounts that you DON'T "lose".

Over 2 years ago I got a Rede Dead Redemption bundle with all DLC including Undead Nightmare for $25 with PS Plus.
Didn't lose that :)

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GarrusVakarian1147d ago (Edited 1147d ago )

Based on which service has been the best THIS gen, i'd have to say PS Plus. This year is the first time i have bought it and the amount of "free" games and themes and avatars you get is amazing value for money, and they are relatively new too. Paid for XBLG for four years and now i regret it, never cared about apps, and apart from that, you don't really get anything else.

I hope MS steps it up with XBLG for Xbox One, some "free" newer games would be nice.

Septic1147d ago

Well in terms of value then yeah PS PLUS appears better but in terms of reliability, I would definitely go with Xbox Live.

GarrusVakarian1147d ago

Ive been disconnected from that service too many times to give it that. And then it tells you that its your internet connection when everything else in the house is connected fine all day long.

Hellsvacancy1147d ago

I don't get this whole "reliability" argument, the PSN does what it should, I don't ever have problems playing games online, played BF3 last night for a few hours, only time I got disconnected was when I brought down a chopper with an Igla "Banned From The Server"

mcstorm1146d ago

@Septic I have to agree I have had more issues with PSN than Xbox live but regarding PSN on PS4 and Xbox live on One no one will know until they are both released.

ImG2theB1146d ago

It's like comparing Walmart and Target. One is cheap and the other has a nicer experience.

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Septic1147d ago

Well, judging by the past pedigree of both services, I would say the Xbox One but I don't know; I get a feeling that MS are rushing a lot of things at this stage.

Some of the X1's services are quite ambitious and rely on Kinect functionality and really, the voice recognition stuff really needs to be on point if it is to pass the test.

TimeSkipLuffy1147d ago

Since I don't play online multiplayer the one that get me games to play while I am a member or for keep will be the one that win me offer. Currently it is PS+.
I don't mind buying Gold Live if they continue a free game a month. Well at least it should be one retail game and one "indie/digital only" game each month... to keep or pump up the freebies ;D

jessupj1147d ago

Well PSN has been more than adequate this generation for me. I can't remember the last time I got dc'ed in an online game.

Also downloading patches and games off the store is super quick for me.