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Comparing XBOX Live and Playstation Network

With their third home console, Sony has launched their online service, the Playstation Network Platform. An attempt to match the popularity and success of Microsoft's XBOX Live, which is already four million members strong.

One thing that completely sets them apart from eachother is the price. Microsoft's XBOX Live Gold is about $50 annually, meanwhile the Playstation Network platform is FREE. It may be free, but this doesn't make it the better of the two...

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specialguest3672d ago

i noticed advantages and disadvantages for both networks. it seems like a matter of personal prefernces on which is better. all in all, it doesn't really matter though, because it's not like there are 2 rival network types competing on a single console.

BIadestarX3672d ago

"it seems like a matter of personal prefernces on which is better" in what way is personal preference? The way I see is this way; if you don't pay for xbox live than the game you buy will have little or none online features. Period. For now, Sony's network allows you to download demos which you can do anyways with xbox live without having to pay. It's true that you don't have to pay to play resistance on the PS3, but most of the PS3 games DO NOT HAVE ONLINE FEATURE such as multiplayer capabilities. I wouldn't call that a preference if playing online is important to you. Ofcourse this may change in the future, but for now 3rd party developers are not using SONY's free online service to implement online multiplay.

Capt CHAOS3672d ago

Xbox live kicks the silly PS3 online butt all the way down the street.. and I even hate MS!!

Perhaps a year down the road.. I would like to see the PS3 online network head little bit down the way of the PC Online network.. (Remember Counterstrike? Mark Favourite server? - Meet the same clan???).

Util then Xbox live kicks a$se, but I can see it easily being out-done.. Give us free home-grown server, customised gaming and I'll be in bed with it.

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Capt CHAOS3672d ago

Xbox live kicks the silly PS3 online butt all the way down the street.. and I even hate MS!!

Perhaps a year down the road.. I would like to see the PS3 online network head little bit down the way of the PC Online network.. (Remember Counterstrike? Mark Favourite server? - Meet the same clan???).

Util then Xbox live kicks a$se, but I can see it easily being out-done.. Give us free home-grown server, customised gaming and I'll be in bed with it.

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Lex Luthor3672d ago

Kind of a flamebait article, but anyways xbox live a much superior service than playstation network IMO, i don't mind paying at all as it helps with the running of live.

FeralPhoenix3672d ago

yeah from what I hear PS3 has some "goodies" in the PS network, but overall it just doesn't match up to XBL, I mean yeah it costs (atcually you can get it alot cheaper than $50 bucks) but even $50 bucks is well worth it.....its online game related content and functionality is awesome....the time I've spent playing with friends and relatives that are a long ways away back home -hell it pays for itself!

slugg3672d ago

Sony will try and copy alot of features that their service lacks compared to Live. I think they will find, however, that eventually they won't be able to add as much functionality as Live has and keep it free. I have had Live since before it came out (I got to Beta test it), and can't imagine gaming without it. After work I have plans to hook up with a buddy and finish Gears of War co-op playing as Dom to get those achievements, they we will do a little Rainbow Six. Playing Halo 2 live, and then Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter online with friends (some of whom I've never met in person, but they are friends now, all the same)rank as some of the most fun I've had, ever, gaming or otherwise. I just hope Sony doesn't mess up too bad by cramming too much in to copy Live and "beat" it feature-wise, because lag-free gameplay is the most important thing....

Dusk3672d ago

"You get what you pay for". As long as PNP is free, you will get a 'bare bones' network, just enough so Sony can say, 'hey, we got one too'. The advantages this article lists for LIVE all are due to the fact that LIVE is a unified network with unified services. This aspect costs money (resources, manpower, servers) and will be lacking from PNP until either Sony charges for it directly, or works the cost into the price of the console or games. Anyone who couldn't see this coming was just kidding themselves as you don't get much for free these days.

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