DualShockers continues the lead-up to the PS4 and Xbox One launches in the latest installment of the Buyer's Guide, this time breaking down Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus on the new consoles.
Xbox finally caught up on the free game front, that was a big advantage for PSN for a while. PSN needs to incorporate cross game chat and they could be pretty strong.
The games that Live offers are not nearly as good as the ones you get from PS+. MS also said the free games promotion will end once the One launches
Do you have a link to where they say it's not on Xb1? Also, since we're comparing. The free with gold games are available even after your gold expires, unlike PS+ where if you end your subscription you lose the games. Disagrees make me feel good, so thanks in advance. :)
@XB1 Actually you can't compare both, you get like 2 - 3 old games per month, while Ps+ is big AAA titles, AC III ,Farcry 3, Battlefield etc. It's true that you can't play them after the PS+ expried but not all of them , some indie titles stay free, themes and avatars too. SO, no comparison there.
@XB1. Below is the link directly from MS, but I have to say your "you keep them forever" excuse is weak. How long does it take you to finish a game? Do you really play every single game for over a year? Have you stopped your subscription before? http://support.xbox.com/en-... Q: Why are these only Xbox 360 games? Is this going to be extended to Gold on Xbox One? The Games with Gold promotion runs from June 10, 2013, to December 31, 2013. There are no plans to include Xbox One games in the program at this time.
Its not like they gave you Halo 4 for free like PS+ gave unchartred 3 an year after release... You got Halo 3... not ODST, not REACH.
M$ gave out some old ass games that everyone has played And it was only for so long But plus gave me good free games for 2 systems all year Plus pays for it's self and it's $10 less than live
Don't forget the free PS4 games coming
The thing I HATE most about XboxLive is I'm paying for it and there is still adds all in my face all the time
I pay for PS+ and there are ads throughout the PSN store all the time. okay that was a joke but seriously. i understand your concerns about the ads. If the dash wasnt so intertwined with the marketplace then we prob wouldnt see them. That is why i think sony has their store separate from the xmb but doing it that way is both a blessing and a curse as you cant seamlessly jump back and forth between the two. the live dash and marketplace is designed around easy quick access to any content on the marketplace as well as your system. Plus the ads arent intrusive and many times give you free stuff. Not really anything substantial but there can be anything from avatar items to sweepstakes entries. both setups have their pros and cons.
Please, most gamers are too busy playing games to bother staring at the bottom corner of the home screen enough to even notice the ads. You're acting as if, commercials pop up in between rounds.
I'm not talking about going into the store I'm talking about the dashboard
sorry Miz. I'll make it easier for you. PS3: XMB & Store, separate areas, hence the ads are in the store or the PS store related link in each XMB section (games, movies, etc) 360: Dash & Marketplace are intertwined, hence the ads throughout the dash leading to the different sections of the marketplace where they can be interacted with.
The only thing required for an online gaming service is connectivity and low latency. PS+ already has both working perfectly. So everything besides that is value for your dollar. This is one area Sony is way in front of MS. PS+ will pay for itself day one when the PS4 is released with all the free content they will have available 11/15/13. I have downloaded dozens of games on PS+ over the years that I didn't get around to playing for what ever reason. Some I digitally downloaded of games I already own and then traded or sold my physical copies. MS is starting to offer games for XBL members but they are really old games. Since both XBL and PS+ online service gaming performance are on par with one another. It most likely wont factor into which console a consumer will choose. If it is a factor and the consumer does their homework. They will choose PS+ over XBL because it is clearly the better value. Also let's not forget that PS+ is an option and not a requirement. A lot of MS's features are behind a pay wall that requires the purchase of XBL. Again making PS+ a better value overall.
"Also let's not forget that PS+ is an option and not a requirement. A lot of MS's features are behind a pay wall that requires the purchase of XBL. Again making PS+ a better value overall." If you are going to pay for the services either way, what is and is not behind the paywall is irrellavant. It doesn't make PS+ a better value. It might make the PS4 without PS+ a better value than an XB1 without Xbox Live. But if you pay for the service of your system, that extra value goes away.
@patsrule Your last point is wrong, but I think I know what you meant by it. Not having those features unlocked with PS+ actually makes it a poorer value (versus itself...xbox live isn't in the equation). Since you get those aspects for free already, by paying for PS+, you get less since those don't unlock. But what you actually mean to say is that because you don't need PS+ to access certain features it makes the PS4 itself a better overall value. It doesn't make PS+ a better value, it makes the entire system a better value.
@jmc8888 That first paragraph was a quote of the person (user name Brutallyhonest) above me. I didn't say PS+ was a better value. I was saying what you were saying..that Brutallyhonest was incorrect to say that PS+ was the better value because the features were already unlocked.
ok you are massivly uninformed or blinded by fanboyness. .......man thats such a sad bs comment you just typed. hope your proud of yourself.
The best things about the free game with psplus is that there full games Re5 uncharted3 deusex gravityrush and sooo many more And also the discounts on games It's just a better deal
before i got PS+ i was more concerned with the notion that the free games were only free for the extent of your membership. Basically an extended rental program. Now after having been a PS+ member since Feb, the only thing i am concerned with is running out of HDD space. I've upgraded the HDD twice already and may just have to do a 3rd.
@darthv72 I know how you feel. My PS3 slim went from 120gb to 320gb and now 500gb. I'm torn on whether to use a 1tb for the PS3 or Ps4.
Cross Game Party Chat will be on PS4, free of charge. And XBL free games don't compare with PS Plus'. You get older titles on XBL.
This is some good ol'fashioned click bait...
I'm not sure you know what clickbait means.
Flame bait is flame bait.
Not unless xbox live does something like PS PLus, it won't be considered the defacto online service anymore. Also with the ps4, I don't see any benefits that Xbox live has over psn anymore. If anything psn will be the better service next generation, til xbox comes with something worth the more expensive service.
M$ is just out of touch
The author wisely steered clear of service quality for online games, which will only be tested once the consoles release. That being said, I think that overall value definitely goes to PS+, at least in this breakdown. I have PS+ for the PS3, and have so many games waiting for me to even touch, that I could literally not buy a game for the entire year and be busy with what is offered on the "Instant Games Collection". I will say that being able to keep the games even if you don't continue with XBOX Live is a nice touch. I can't wait for November 15th.
This is why competition is good. Both sides trying to one up each other is only going to benefit the consumer. Playstation stepping its server game up and microsoft giving away free games. Lets keep it coming guys
The author didn't mention the quality of the services. PSN is as slow as ass crack. I wouldn't mind paying an extra $10 a year if they upgraded their servers ever.
I dont know about that. I would agree with you a couple of years ago but the psn has gotten alot better. but I have gotten a better internet service since then so I could be wrong.
@Drasill I played Warhawk for 500+ hours since 2007 and never experienced any lag, so that's BS. Now, revamped PS Store, that's another story...
It's not so cut and dried. You're talking about PS3 vs 360. PS4 and Xbox One will not be utilizing the same service. Thus each company will actually have two services. One for last/this gen, and one for next gen. We haven't seen how either next gen service performs. Maybe both are great. Maybe PS+ is tops. Maybe Xbox Live is tops. Maybe one or the other have problems the previous version doesn't have. We simply don't know. So even what people take for granted in terms of the online service on 360/PS3 might not be as good on the XB1/PS4 version. Either might have added something that screws something up. We simply won't know the quality of either service until they are out.
I've never used ps+ personally, but there's no denying that the benefits are awesome. I'm glad Sony didn't just try to match Microsoft's offering, but they sought to exceed it. That type of competition is going to pay off for all gamers, regardless of platform. I'm also glad that Sony has made ps+ a requirement for online play. Their generosity this gen, is what lead to psn's instability and month long outage. I was just about to get a ps3 when that happened. Now, Sony will have the funds to invest in an infrastructure that's more competitive with Microsoft's. It's a good day to be a gamer.
PS+ is value from day one. The only thing behind the paywall is online multiplayer, and considering these companies are now both using an immense amount of bandwidth to provide their online services, compared to the P2P it has mostly been for years, I can understand the charge. It sucks, but it's reasonable considering what you get in return. For that yearly cost, you get value content back more than tenfold and if you stop playing you don't lose access to: - Free-to-play games - Free apps - Auto-updates - Cross-game chat - Party chat - Game recording - MMOs - and more. Simply put, its content, value and fairness exceeds anything Microsoft have attempted to muster. XBL Gold is every free app under the sun behind a paywall and free-to-play games behind a paywall. Microsoft even lock the features that don't require the online service behind the paywall. Scandalous. Otherwise it's a continuation of a great network the 360 had. A network built on anti-consumer policies, but still great service. However, I'm under no illusion which is the better service.
If I'm going have to pay for online I'd rather get some extra games out the deal for my handheld.
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