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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ThinkThink1394d ago

Xbox Live but PSN is getting better.

xHeavYx1394d ago

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

mikeslemonade1394d 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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Darkstares1394d 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_Hero1394d ago (Edited 1394d 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.

Crazay1394d ago

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

darthv721394d 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.

choujij1394d ago (Edited 1394d 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_Box1393d ago

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

alexkoepp1393d 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.

blackbeld1393d 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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darthv721394d ago

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

Brim1394d 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

AngelicIceDiamond1394d ago

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

DeadRabbits1394d ago

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

AngelicIceDiamond1394d 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_One1394d 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.


Bryanarchy1011394d ago (Edited 1394d 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 :)

Eejanaika1393d 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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Pogmathoin1394d ago

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

DLConspiracy1394d ago (Edited 1394d 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.

DarkHeroZX1393d 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.

Spotie1394d 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.

kewlkat0071394d ago (Edited 1394d 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.

Foraoise1393d 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.

ALLWRONG1393d ago

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

Azzanation1393d ago

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

liquidhalos1393d 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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randomass1711394d 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.

darthv721394d ago

same with live now that they removed that paywall.

randomass1711394d 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.

Aleithian1394d ago

They removed the paywall?

MRMagoo1231394d ago

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

MARKSMAN71361393d ago (Edited 1393d ago )

Not yet they didn't. If you're on xb1 and 1 person has gold than everyone can use everything. Go on 360 with a silver membership and it's all blocked. I believe the update that changes that will roll out sometime in July tho. Then you can use that arguement.

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AngelicIceDiamond1394d ago (Edited 1394d ago )

"Plus to play free to play games or use paid services like Netflix."

You don't need gold for Netflix or Hulu.

EDIT: Yeah not anymore at least.

randomass1711394d ago

Not anymore. I forgot that they removed that this year.

djplonker1394d ago

Yeah and it took them long enough how many years 4 - 6?

n4rc1394d ago

Download speeds used to be a huge difference last gen... Like.. Huge!

Can't say if that gap has closed..

zerog1393d ago

Download speed has to do mostly with your network set up. I never had a problem with download speed on psn. Longest download i ever had was the 29 gigs of ac4 which took half an hour.

DLConspiracy1394d ago

Pay less and get less dedicated servers and get lower quality chat. Still more free games then XBL. You get what you pay for.

DarkHeroZX1393d ago

Last gen you paid more for p2p while Sony provided dedicated servers for a lot of their exclusives.

vinniects1393d ago

whats the difference in price 10 a year big deal.

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truefan11394d ago (Edited 1394d ago )

This is not even a discussion until psn no longer has maintenance. Also let's not forget XBL is pushing dedicated servers like crazy Forza 5, Titanfall, Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon 2, Halo MCC, Fable Legends.... all running on dedicated servers. Also MSFT opened up dedicated servers to all developers developing for XB1.

PS+ only exists because sony knows their service can't match xbl and of course they needed a reason to charge people after the infamous 2011 meltdown.

@Kinjo Takemura I agree but MSFT does maintenance in the background.
@nextlevel then where are the games utilizing them?

KinjoTakemura1394d ago (Edited 1394d ago )

All server based services have routine maintenance. Stating or believing anything else is just being delusional.

UnHoly_One1394d ago (Edited 1394d ago )

Of course they do, but what he really meant was "downtime for maintenance".

I'm not saying XBL never has an outage. They do have things go wrong occasionally, but PSN still has long, scheduled downtimes for maintenance, something XBL has never had.

sGIBMBR1393d ago

How is XBL better than PSN? I'm not sure it does anything that PSN doesn't. They both perform the same in multiplayer gaming, and that's all that matters.

In terms of value, you have to give that to PSN... It has far better offerings.

NextLevel1394d ago

"Also let's not forget XBL is pushing dedicated servers"

Let's not forget PSN has been pushing dedicated servers since the PS3.

MasterCornholio1394d ago

I really dont see anything special with dedicated servers. I use PSN and I dont have lag or connection issues with it.

DLConspiracy1394d ago

Everyone always says that. A few dedicated servers last gen from the publishers/developers. They never had all their games running fully dedicated. It's Dedicated servers with Listen servers.

A comparison of Ghosts on both next gen.

"Jumping into an actual game was straightforward, considering that dedicated servers are now standard practice (although the PS4 runs on a hybrid mix of P2P and dedicated, whereas the Xbox One is entirely dedicated)."

Kaz talking about needing to strengthen their network.

Here is a breakdown of dedicated servers for Ghosts as well.

NextLevel1394d ago

Call of Duty: Ghosts Will Sport Dedicated Servers on PS4

ZeniMax: ‘Elder Scrolls Online’ on PS4 to have dedicated servers, PS Plus not required

Killzone Shadow Fall Goes Gold, Dedicated Multiplayer Servers Confirmed

Just a few.

MysticStrummer1394d ago

Planetside 2 will have dedicated servers also, along with PS+ not being required.

Bigpappy1394d ago

Killzone does, run on dedicated servers. We when through all of this when the launch titles were released.

AngelicIceDiamond1394d ago

@Next Ghost absolutely does not have dedicated servers on neither console.

Infiniti Ward lied that game is still a lag fest and connections still breaking from what I've heard.

Volkama1394d ago

You need better examples. Ghosts and killzone claim to be "hybrid dedicated", but both are clearly p2p with a player host and a "dedicated" proxy to try and mitigate the issues that causes.

TESO is an MMORPG, of course it has servers. But they are Zenimax's servers, they currently have 1 single data centre (with a plan to open a second in Europe), and you pay a separate fee to Zenimax to access them.

There are other ps4 games that use dedicated server that would make a better case. DCOU, battlefield 4, probably some of the F2P efforts. But to pretend PSN is equal to live in this respect is kinda silly, specially based on the examples you provide...

DLConspiracy1394d ago (Edited 1394d ago )

FULL Dedicated is different from HYBRID dedicated. Listen/dedicated servers.

The difference of Dedicated vs. Listen servers.

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Baka-akaB1394d ago (Edited 1394d ago )

Half your list aint even out yet . And dedicated servers are nothing new or exclusive to either side . Stop pushing BS like it's 2007 .

Magicite1394d ago

and still xbox loses to playstation in every sales aspect.

Bryanarchy1011394d ago

How do people disagree over a comment that states a known FACT...

KinjoTakemura1393d ago

Some people will support the console they believe in to the point of being delusional. That's why you have people disagreeing with the facts. It's the only explanation I can see.

P_Bomb1393d ago (Edited 1393d ago )

Truefan, psn had dedicated servers for many games last gen. If people didn't notice then why would they now other than marketing? From Warhawk and Resistance in the early years to MAG and DCUO in the later ones, they were there.

As far as pushing the envelope (drivatars?), PSN consistently had the highest VS player counts. 360 didn't have any 256 player games like MAG, or even the 60 player matches of Resistance2. Never had any MMOAGs like DC Universe or cross platform co- op like the PS3/PC Portal 2. PS Home is still up and running.

Seems like XBL gets a free pass sometimes. Several 360 games I have I can't back up to cloud storage due to DRM. PS Plus cracks all DRM allowing backups of everything. You gotta look at the bigger picture

zerog1393d ago

Hate to break it to you but I've never had downtime from psn maintenance other then that 1 time they had the whole network down from the ahole who decided to hack in. Anybody who says they have had down time from psn maintenence is either lying or it was their own fault out of stupidity. Heres how it works, before they start the maintenence you get this message saying when its going to take place and as long as you sign in at least once in the 48 hours before it starts then you can still use it while its going on.

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Ksar1394d ago

Just remembered Psn Gate.

So, Xbox Live win.

NextLevel1394d ago

PSN getting hacked 3 years ago for a month gives XBL the win?

n4rc1394d ago


Considering you guys like bringing up crap from 8 years ago as if its relevant today

prime20466681394d ago

just remember when that 8 year old kid hacked xbox live?

IHassounah1394d ago

he was 5 and he didn't hack xbox live , he went through his father's pass code to enter his father's account

Bryanarchy1011394d ago


lol, in what world did this happen?