Xbox Live vs. PSN: Who Wins?

CCC Says: "Great rivalries have always been a part of history. From Caesar and Brutus to Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe, everyone loves a good battle. While the next-generation of consoles is no different; often times the focus is spent judging the systems on their technical merits of both the hardware and games that follow. While this is naturally the bread and butter of success, not nearly enough attention is given to what services each console has to offer (ultimately swaying its position in the market). In my opinion, a company’s online presence in the eyes of gamers today can literally make or break their future."

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ThinkThink1151d ago

Xbox Live but PSN is getting better.

xHeavYx1151d ago

I think PSN's biggest advantage is not needing PS+ to play FTP games

mikeslemonade1151d ago

It's a myth that XBL is better. Try and use both services then tell me which one is better. If you have used both the answer is usually PSN. It's a cheaper service and better free games. Every other bullet point is negligible between the two services.

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Darkstares1151d ago

I guess those who use both win.

Personally I think PSN + offers better value overall but as far as matchmaking and online gaming in general Live is still the better service. Microsoft has simply invested far more resources into it and that is something nobody can argue.

The_Hero1151d ago (Edited 1151d ago )

Ouff, just nope.
Nothing you said is even remotely impressive.
If you are, then you're easy to impressed.

Driveatars is something that could have been done on the PSP.

I'm not kidding. There are games on the PSP that collect data from your gaming style and creates an AI out of it. Then you can share your AI with others and play against them.

If a PSP can do it: Everything Else Can Too.

Crazay1151d ago

For pure gaming and reliability, look no further than xbox live

darthv721151d ago

@Mike, i use both and each one is good for the games i play with it.

As to who really wins, well that would be the suits at both companies. Cause they got you locked in to playing games via their service and bickering about this or that on internet sites.

It's free advertising on our part and they make all the $$ from people signing up because they want to play with their friends online.

choujij1151d ago (Edited 1151d ago )

I prefer PSN because some of Sony's policies allow devs more freedom to do things their way. However, that too can be a double edge sword. They're also open to cross-platform play which I think is awesome. Also, the PS+ service has a better price and value, which I take advantage of on all 3 platforms.

Service wise, I've experienced no real difference between either. Your internet connection quality, plus the distance you are from the servers often make the biggest difference.

Outside_ofthe_Box1151d ago

Same old topic that keeps being brought up periodically. When will people get tired of it, we'll never know.

alexkoepp1151d ago

XBL for sure. Obviously though because they are a generation ahead in the online sector because of Live on the Xbox where nothing like that existed for PS2. Really Sony is just now starting to get the X360 online experience while Microsoft continues with a few years lead.

blackbeld1150d ago

Xbox live is noway better then PSN.

I just played Killer Instinct and guess what. Latency 158ms!

That is huge!

On PSN is my latency around 30ms. still not good enough but a lot better then xbox live.

Imagine playing COD on xbox live! LOL.

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darthv721151d ago

Both have really evolved over their respected lifetimes. I use and enjoy both services.

Brim1151d ago

Couldn't had said it any better these articles are to get people yelling and debating and clicking their sites.. .do i blame them? no i blame the people that engage in the fanboy wars

AngelicIceDiamond1151d ago

Opinions and preferences is what is so wonderful about having 2 great services.

DeadRabbits1151d ago

My preference has always been to avoid paywalls and getting abuse from hormonal and frustrated pre-teens! So PSN for me!

AngelicIceDiamond1151d ago

@Rabbit There's no paywall for Xbox anymore.

The X1 has a feature where you can browse the interface while the console sets up a game for you. The console will notify you when its ready so you can just join the game whenever it starts.

So you you don't have to listen to kids in lobbies anymore with any MP games.

UnHoly_One1151d ago

That is the greatest feature ever, by the way.

Flip over to TV, or to Twitch, or just browse your friends, achievements, whatever... Then you get that little notification saying the game is ready to join.


Bryanarchy1011151d ago (Edited 1151d ago )


It's funny how people disagree on a comment that actually states a fact.
I guess the people who disagreed on your comment actually want to listen to a lobby full of kids, welp, your PS4 allows that :)

Eejanaika1151d ago

I could conclude that
If the competition did not
exist between sony and microsoft
that a lot of these services
would have never been
such as
free games with gold
and PSN+ free games.

to my point
the people that disagreed with this comment
have no understanding of
how a competitive market works
concluding that
no company could stay in check
and a monopoly game console would exist
which then would f*** over us
consumers even more
when companies make poor decisions.

So! the people that disagreed with that comment are stupid.
Having more choices in a competitive market makes companies stay in check concluding a healthy competitive market of great services provided at cheap levels. For all you babies out their on this site who don't have a degree or understand economics

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Pogmathoin1151d ago

Online gaming and associated features, Xbox Live...
Freebies and so on, Clearly PSN plus.

DLConspiracy1151d ago (Edited 1151d ago )

Sorry to say, there are reasons why PSN is better and reasons why XBL is better. Sure PS+ offers a cheaper value, more games with it's service for "Free" and had the no pay wall issue. Which is a moot point now as Xbox has opened up that paywall.

When it comes to dedicated servers, Higher bit quality chat, and consistency with it's service (security and maintenance downtime). You have to go XBL. I ONLY buy pre paid cards for PSN because of my information being hacked, but that's a minor point really. MP games are made for XBL.

Now before you or anyone jumps on my back and beats me down because you think your service is better. Perhaps put into perspective that if you don't own both you will probably NEVER know the difference. I do. I test these things out. I love PS+ and it's free games and f2p stuff. that's why I subscribe to it. But that's the only reason I pay for it.

XBL wins for me, because of the dedicated servers for MP, Chat quality and features. If you enjoy multiplayer you CAN play on PSN, but odds are you are using a hybrid Dedicated/Listen server base which is more like P2P (server on your console for matchmaking) for most of your games. Also, odds are still able to play but not as seemless as FULL dedicated servers. MINUS any of the games that OPT for their own servers like EA does. Though we sort of know their track record with that.

EDIT: PS4 is mainly my SP game machine and that's not a bad thing. It usually has upped graphics and res.

DarkHeroZX1150d ago

MS just started pushing dedicated servers this gen. Last gen even their heavy hitters where P2P while Sony provided dedicated servers for their exclusive.

Spotie1151d ago

Originally, I was gonna give it to Live.

But basic, pay for nothing Live doesn't match up to basic, pay for nothing PSN. Live Gold doesn't quite match up to PS Plus, either. As far as functionality, they're about even, but value-wise, PS Plus is ahead by quite a bit.

kewlkat0071151d ago (Edited 1151d ago )

Sony never helped themselves last gen with the Ps3 online. It was awful based on what Microsoft was already doing. You are getting more value now with the new PSN but that might just be in the little extra games you get. A lot of advantages Sony had like Free multiplayer and no paywall have been matched by the competition so they are no longer advantages.

XBL is king of multiplayer and have pioneered online gaming since 2002. They have been doing it longer. I think they have the better infrastructure, security, apps and the frequent updates proves, they can deliver new features and promises faster without lagging behind the competition.

Microsoft can match whatever Sony may cook up with PSN pertaining to policy changes...etc but because of Microsoft's infrastructure, software know-how and how the XboxOne was built Sony cannot do the same looking at the future of these networks.

Foraoise1151d ago

MP on the PS3 isn't bad at all. I have the same exact experience on my Xbox 360, so, when people say things like, "Xbox's online is better" - yeah? How so? That's not true at all. It's the same experience for both. PS+ is CLEARLY the winner.

ALLWRONG1150d ago

PSN is Xbox Live. Except for the free games program, everything about PSN is a copy of Live.

Azzanation1150d ago

Depends, XBOX LIVE now includes dedicated servers and rarely has down times. For free games PSN is better but everything else LIVE.

liquidhalos1150d ago

I'm currently not too happy with the PSN, twice I've had people over for sessions and both times psn was down. The last time it went down I couldn't even play my single player games.

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randomass1711151d ago

PS Plus is the better value. You pay less for it but get more than what Xbox Live gives you. You also don't need PS Plus to play free to play games or use paid services like Netflix.

darthv721151d ago

same with live now that they removed that paywall.

randomass1711151d ago

Ah, yes I forgot that they removed that. Well PS Plus is still a little cheaper. And it's worth noting its had a lot of the benefits like free games for a longer period of time than Xbox Live.

Aleithian1151d ago

They removed the paywall?

MRMagoo1231151d ago

Dont they stil have it on some things, I am pretty sure they only removed it from a few things.