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Submitted by vric 173d ago | opinion piece

Xbox Live Gold versus PS Plus: which is the best value?

If you’re a multiplayer console gamer, an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus subscription is pretty much essential, and even those who tend to stick to single-player can get a fair bit of value from either prospect. Let’s run down the two services and see what each brings to the table. (PS4, Xbox LIVE, Xbox One)

texag2011  +   173d ago
Until we start getting AAA tittles for free on the Current Gen systems then I don't think one is any better than the other. There is currently a great library of free AAA titles for the PS3. I know the PS4 has a much smaller library but it would be nice to have 1 or 2 big titles for free on the X1 & PS4.

The problem with the discounts is that you can still save another $15-$20 buying a used copy of a game even when the games are marked down. I still believe that Digital only games need to start @ $45. There needs to be some sort of benefit to buying a copy of a game that cannot be traded in. Every hard copy game I own eventually gets traded in or sold on ebay. This is money that the publisher will never see. Instead of selling 2 copies for $45 they're only selling 1 copy for $60.00.
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vric  +   173d ago
Well Sony already said that first AAA to hit PS4 should be before the end of the year. Will probably be Knack, but since it's selling fairly well in Japan, might be something else.

It's hard to gives game for free when they are less than a year old.
Neonridr  +   173d ago
Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider, NBA 2K14, etc were all less than a year old on PS3 when they were given away.
ShinMaster  +   172d ago
PS Plus is $10 cheaper and it works across 3 platforms.

@ Neonridr

True.
Wikkid666  +   173d ago
@texag2011

DD tittles are better.
badboyz09  +   173d ago
PSN/PS+ has always been Superior since the beginning of Time.
Jeebus  +   172d ago
I love my PS consoles and PS+, but it started out pretty average. For a while it was no contest, then MS picked up the slack and they are more comparable.

Even so, MS hiked Live up to $60, and in my opinion are still a less attractive service.
DEEBO  +   173d ago
Sony has the better plan but MS is improving alot.

But having a ps3,vita and ps4 you are getting your money's worth.
xDHAV0K24x  +   172d ago
not everyone owns all 3. vita sales would tell u that. glad MSFT doesn't own a portable device
JBSleek  +   173d ago
If you own all three consoles from Sony it's pretty hard to argue against it's value from the simple fact that MS doesn't make a handheld so there would be less content by default.

If you don't then it's really a toss up honestly and I don't think their is a clear winner. Of course there are services you prefer but arguments could be made for both.
KinjoTakemura  +   173d ago
If the lists of games offered by both services is compared objectively, Playstation Plus is definitely the better value of the two services.

There were 144 games offered for the PS3 by PS Plus since 6/29/2010

There were 12 games offered for the PS4 by PS Plus since 11/15/2014

There have been 44 games offered for the Vita by PS+ since 11/20/2012

And there were 87 games that were offered cross platform PS1, 2, 3, PSP, PSVita by PS+ since 6/29/2010

Total - 287 games offered by PS+ since June 2010. Over the past 4 years, that's an average of 70 games per year, 6 games per month.

Xbox Live Games With Gold - short list

3 games offered on Xbox One
28 games offered for Xbox 360 since 6/10/2013

Basicly 1 year of service, 31 games, average of 3 games per month.

6 games per month vs 3 games per month and PS+ is 10 dollars less.

Need I say more?
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KNWS  +   173d ago
I wouldn't disagree with last gen. PS3 online was better for gamers. It was free to play online and you got games with playstation plus, even though the 360 had a better online experience. Sony didn't charge people for playing online last gen and i think this helped them a lot last gen realistically.

This gen is still too early to declare a winner. PS4 has lot more variety with games, but lot of them are from the PC (free to play and indie stuff)

Its hard to declare Sony the winner now online isn't free anymore and Microsoft also gives away games for free now too.

Online experience. Microsoft obviously wins there as Sony doesn't offer dedicated servers for first party games. If you're playing on dedicated servers they belong to a third party developer.
BlackTar187  +   173d ago
Dude PS3 had dedicated servers on a # of games.
MasterCornholio  +   173d ago
Sorry buddy but PSN has dedicated servers as well. Just because Microsoft has Azure doesn't mean that no one else can have dedicated servers.

Might as well apologize now.
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BlackTar187  +   172d ago
@Knws,

Pretty sure you've never considered psn to be better.
Drekken  +   173d ago
/thread. End it. You killed it.
bahabeast  +   173d ago
ps plus on ps3 is pretty damn good and the only reason its lacking on the ps4 is because they maybe want to make as much money as possible before giving games away free.
Boody-Bandit  +   173d ago
PS+ is the better value.
Next question.
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PrinceOfAllSaiyans  +   173d ago
Well I don't even have XBL on my Xbone so I couldn't say anything about that. But PS+ on PS4 is ok, but if you have a Vita and or a PS3 also it's amazing.
snookiegamer  +   173d ago
PS+ edges it IMO...but MS have done well to provide their user base with this incentive. Xbox Owners need that value proposition for the sub they pay for.

Yeah, so they're both good IMO ;)
Software_Lover  +   173d ago
Another one. We get the same thing once every other week it seems.
Tetsujin  +   173d ago
Apparently the new thing is if your site needs some sort of traffic, post some type of flame-bait style story (or title), and grab popcorn for the comment section.

I did read the article, and this one is slightly different. This one lists what each one offers, and explains how one has certain features the other doesn't without using flame style remarks. I'd say it's more informative, and tries to at least steer away from the negative as much as possible.
Bonkerz  +   173d ago
Why cant we ask, XBL and PS+ which is the better experience? XBL is giving games out every month too with an amazingly good gaming network.
Spotie  +   173d ago
Because experience is far more subjective.

Not that it would matter; at best, the two are tied in that respect.
wsoutlaw87  +   172d ago
what really makes up the experience of xbl ps+? They are internet services. You cant play xbl or ps+. Any experiance differences are more os things than xbl/ps+ things. When you play a game online its not like you will experience something different between the two.
SliceOfTruth888  +   173d ago
I pay the 40 bucks a year for Online Gameplay and performance. Xbox Live has destroyed PSN in this category. PSN+ had to make up for it by giving away games which is cool because now i get free games on my xbox and ps4 because of Sony....but once the heavy hitters halo, cod, destiny and so on come out i have more faith in Live over PSN
SpinalRemains138  +   173d ago
Keep telling yourself that.

Don't bother here. We know you're lying through your teeth.

I have both and there's absolutely no discernable difference between gaming networks. None. Both have hiccups and both have their great days. Both use dedicated and both use p2p depending on the game.
TheSaint  +   172d ago
This, I also have both and there is very little difference between the two.

They do different things slightly better than the other but objectively the are almost identical.
gamer7804  +   173d ago
Xbl is the better deal honestly they are neck and neck but playstation pulls ahead for having vita but then MS pulls ahead because xbl can always be found for a max of 40$ and you get 20$ cards for 18$ And then 5$ free for searching with bing, then % back from your gamerscore.
TheRealHeisenberg  +   173d ago
Overall Value = PS+
Quality of Service = XBL
BlackTar187  +   173d ago
What Quality of service does xbox live provide over PSN?

Please be specific.
Saleem101  +   173d ago
Playstation plus has down...
S2Killinit  +   173d ago
PS Plus is the value hands down.
cell989  +   173d ago
Why is this still a question, Xbox live releases some decent games finally, and this is up for debate again? #psplus
lefty  +   173d ago
Nintendo no monthly fee n I got Zelda wind waker HD free, that's like a AAAAA game......beat that
Max-Zorin  +   172d ago
It all come down to personal preference.

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