A top 3 list, of reasons why Xbox Live is now becoming more of a 'Worth While Buy'. Social networking and Television on the Xbox 360?
LOL are they serious? I better go out and pay 50$ for Facebook /sarcasm
Great sarcasm gets me every time. ;)
AHAHAAHHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH A................. Bots love to pay for this Sh!t.
I'm using Facebook now, via my PC... Lol
same here lol
exactly. I dunt know why those features make the 50$ price tag more worth it -.- Quite frankly, 2 years ago was when Live was worth it. Now its on iffy land. If you want it, get it. But its nothing to cry over. I was laughing my ass off.. Sky.. you probably have a TV with cable or Dish considering your playing it on one. FB n Twitter.. well Itouch has no competition here. Why do people write articles w/o thinking it through?
Couldn't help but notice on one of the Last.FM videos for XBL that it seemed to take as long, if not longer, for me to open the PS3's browser and bookmark to Grooveshark. And that's with the browser being slower than a PC's browser.
It was pretty fast on my experience .
To be honest the only thing on this list that would even remotely interest me is that Sky TV. Reason being is that I don't have cable in my room so would be nice. Other than that, I don't see any other reason at this moment to turn my 360 on. At most it's to change my avatar from time to time, but that's about every week or so. If a console is to become more of a worth while buy shouldn't games also be listed as well?  I edited my comment a bit to state that it [Sky TV] is not available in the states, some people I see are getting it via satellite so don't know. Or rather I should say some of the programs on Sky are being picked up via Satellite.
ofc sites like hulu make it all beter ^_^ I never miss my fav shows this way.
I approve of this article because of it's hilarity
Seryously, only 2 or 3 features from that list are not on the ps3, bots get over it...you are paying for a service that should be free.
Bots getting desperate. Make a top 10 list and then I'll believe you but top THREE? Is that all you can pull out. LMAO.
i just buy it for the online games thats all fucc twitty, sky and facebook
It will eventually come to the ps3 for FREE. People just have to patient
You can access twitter and facebook with the PS3 browser for free and sky TV is basically confirmed as only a timed exclusive for MS.
it is true
well look at Xbox and Netflix,now netflix is comming to the playstation network soon
If these are the "Top Three" reasons why Live is worth paying for then what does that say about the rest of the features on Live ?
To me it says they must be p1ss poor
Lol, seriously man, i'm not dissing the xbox in anyway by writing this comment, but i think its funny that most the things you named as a xbox feature is on the ps3. video chat, friends list, lol.
I don't want to sound like a fanboy when i say this. But three services that should be given to all xbox live users for free makes xbox live a buy? I'm sorry, but it does not. I pay my sky subcription and part of that is for sky player that i use on sky.com, the one on the xbox is pretty much the same as that - so why am i having to pay for a XBL membership to use something i'm already buying. Twitter and Facebook, again, these are free services everywhere else - why do i have to pay for a gold membership for these? Xbox live is great, but value isn't added on by these free services.
It has to be i mean we pay 50 $ for twitter and facebook that is exclusive to xbox live, so if u want twitter and facebook please subscribe /sarcasm
I remember when the 360 was all about games. Sigh.....
Umm yea, I do just about all of those things on my PS3 and I don't pay a dime for the PSN. a) Facebook? Twitter? Guess what: PS3 has a browser. I've been using both of those for a long time already on my PS3. b) SkyTV: Besides the fact that it's all but confirmed SkyTV is coming to the PS3, you can already watch Hulu using PlayOn software or just stream video from the computer to the PS3. And for the record, this isn't even available in the US. Just in case some of you blind-follower xbots weren't aware. c) Wow. That list just sucks. Gamer Profile = Trophies: CHECK Motto = Also on the PS3 profile: CHECK Gamer score = Trophies: CHECK Friends List: CHECK, Recent Player List: CHECK Windows Live Messenger: Not on PS3 (Does anyone use Windows Live Messenger?) Access to XBL Marketplace Content=PSN Store: CHECK Parental Controls (Was this really just touted as a feature worth money? lol): CHECK Video Chat: CHECK The ONLY real benefit of XBL at this time is better chat options between players. Though many fans of Home would argue THAT is the ultimate chat/social networking aspect of game consoles. I'm not really a fan of Home, but its scale is pretty huge. I guess if it makes you 360 players feel better to make stupid lists like this, you should keep doing it. But stop living in denial: You are getting ripped off. There is virtually nothing you can do on XBL that you can't do on the PSN. And we don't pay.
I use Windows Live Messenger all the time, chat to my wife on her mobile when she is at work.
also, ps3 may not havewindows live messenger but it does have an internet browser and you can bookmark messenger sites such as meebo and just use them.
1. you can listen to music while playing games
2. Downloads are far faster espically when downloading firmware updates seriously it doesn't take 30 mins for an update at least
3. You don't need a god damn disc in the drive to stream movies off netflix
4. More people are on it and has a far bigger and better community
5. I can actually play a competitve or coop Multiplayer game and easily join a match with smooth quality instead of jumping through a bunch of stupid hoops
6. I can actually chat with my friends while still playing a different game and there party as well
7. Updates are far more stable, and don't ship with bugs
8. 1 vs 100 is a far better feature at the moment then that POS home which still suckes even after 2 years of it's release
9. Mics are standard and are supported in all 360 games on live
dude, you have like 2 reason on here that are legit. but the rest of it is crap. "better communicty"= 13 year old boys vs playing with some of my best friends? or easily playing onine matches? dude, I play online all the time, and i dont have the "super expensive, fast" internet and i connect to matches and friends in less than 30 secs for most games.
1) Fine, this is a feature. Personally, I'd be annoyed by listening to music while playing a game. If I'm playing a game, I want to hear the GAME. But I'll give you this one. 2) Downloads aren't faster. That doesn't even make any sense. 3) Wow. Disc in the drive. That's really inconvenient! Also, it's temporary. And besides, I'm already using Netflix on my PS3 with PlayOn. 4) Can you define "Better community" for me? Because when I play on XBL, all I hear are a bunch of teenagers dropping racial slurs as they play shooting games. It's that building a community? Besides, with the PSN having Home, it's hard to argue that XBL has a better community. Home is an entire virtual world. I'm not really into Home myself, but can you try being objective for a second? Also, how does "more people" being on XBL make your day-to-day XBL experience any better? 5) That's just ridiculous. I play "smooth quality" online games all the time. I don't even understand the point you're making here. 6) Fair enough. There's no cross game voice chat on PS3. I mean, I can still send messages so it's not that big of a deal. But I would prefer having this feature. 7) Do you really want to get into a debate of system stability between PS3 and 360? This has been debated ad nauseum. Far less people have problems with PS3 updates than RROD, FWIW. 8) 1 vs 100 is pretty cool. But in terms of scale, come on. Like I've said, I'm not really a fan of Home because I hardly have time to play games as it is, but it's pretty cool and extensive for those into it. 9) Interesting use of the word "standard" since MS uses all proprietary items. Seriously, you don't really want to get into a peripherals debate with these 2 systems. Can you tell me off the top of your head (without, you know, looking it up like you'll probably do) any major ps3 release that don't have mic support? And for the record, it prefer not having a "standard" because I can use any bluetooth headset I want. _____________ So congrats. You pay $50 per year to listen to music in-game (or just, you know use your iPod) and cross game video chat...which is coming to the ps3.
what kind of hoops do you have to jump through? I myself have never had any problems playing games online with either console.
when you obviously don't have a PS3. Enjoy your console and stop trying to rally around things you don't know jack about. Cheers.
Faster downloads? That's quite subjective because my MAG demo - which is 3 gb, downloaded in only about an hour for me. I downloaded a hi-def rental of Casino on the xbox and it took me upwards of 3 hours. And yes, it's also 3GB. So putting a disk in the drive is that much of an inconvenience? You must be real fat and/or lazy. I was playing uncharted 2 coop & deathmatch earlier and jumped into a game with a great connection in seconds. My Socom clan always has a chat room up with everyone inside, and regardless of the different games we all might be playing, we can still talk with each other. It's really not inconvenient at all considering the Dpad on the PS3 controller is exponentially better than the Xbox's and there's a QUERTY keyboard to type on - something Microsoft still deems not necessary, which is why it always takes me like 10 minutes to type a 2 sentence long message. Updates are far more stable? And when are they not on the PSN? Yes, Home sucks, I won't debate that, but I can only play 1 vs 100 during scheduled times... Have you ever played a game of Socom? People without microphones are the minority. Same goes for Uncharted 2, You never get a silent game online... Tell your mommy to buy you a PS3 for Christmas little boy... You'd be playing quality games and if you wanted to play them online, don't worry, they're free because Sony knows that you shouldn't have to pay a premium for features you should be entitled to through the purchase of the game... Or should I say your mommy's purchase of the game.
Here is something for you to think about your "9" reason. 1. The listening of MUSIC while playing games IS NOT A FEATURE OF XBOX LIVE. I can sit on my Ps3 unplug the network cable and turn off wireless and listen to music from my hard drives on a few games that don't have bad ass sounds tracks. 2.The Downloading is something in your imagination. It has been proven that PSN and PS3 get the same speeds as Xbox live and the 360. 3. You put a disc in to play games right not that big of a deal to put a "movie"(couldn't think of any other term that fit) disc in to watch a DVD? 4. Congrats you think you have the biggest community but do a little research and you will see that PSN being free has about just as many active accounts as Xbox live gold members. 5. I don't know what Games your jumping threw hoops but I start a game up hook up with friends and go out and play, if you can't do that you are retarded pure plain and simple. Just about every Dev has a party system in their games cause they know friends want to party and play together. 6. Congrats the 1 feature that is more wanted by the 360 fans cause they rub it in ps3 fans face. I don't care for cross chatting. 7.How about the first few days of the Fallout 3 DLC? Pitt cost quiet a few people their Saves. Bugs happen, but they happen more so now because Devs are forced to hurry and ship games and just patch anything that messes them up threw Live or PSN. So yes that is a DOWNER of the online gaming portals. 8. You would have to insult something that you more then likely haven't actually gone threw. If you have played with it I'm sure you started as a chick got guys all around you then switched to a fat dude and laughed about it. Once again, congrats on being a child. 9. Blue tooth/USB headsets aren't given away and I'm glad because I don't want the so called "Good" community of Xbox live dropping racial slurs or telling me I suck cause I'm better then them. Little 12yrs that swear more then a Sailor are not going to impress anyone. Show me a PS3 game that has come out that does not support blue tooth mics.
"3. You don't need a god damn disc in the drive to stream movies off netflix" Hang on, this is a big deal yet you are perfectly fine with multi-disc games? lol.
XBL is a worth while buy because you pay to use free services? Doesn't make sense to me.
No other reason has really made much sense and nothing they've added in regards to features hasn't been available on another console for free or for a one-time small cost (PlayOn for Hulu and Netflix on PS3 or 360, for example). Seriously, 360 fans, stick by what is really driving the XBL subscriptions, and that's the online tools and the millions of North Americans who use it for online gaming. Don't bring up really weak tools and options as a reason to pay for something that we all get for free elsewhere.
I think LIVE has been "worth" the money for most, if not all of its existence, but the problem is Microsoft hasn't really added anything to it to make it truly competitive with a ever-growing and free PSN since NXE. Twitter, Last.FM, etc. are nice, but to keep LIVE worth the money, they must continue to enhance online play. How about on-line strategy guides, weekly developer chats, etc? Or they should have a price drop for LIVE. I'd say $25 for the year.
I have a web browser on my mac =)
Yeah I mean overpriced tv and paying for features that are freely available on a pc which everyone who uses xbl will have access too.. very justified for the price tag. Still prefer xbl over psn though!
really go on IGN PS3 board and ask the PS3 fans if that is correct I'm pretty sure you'll get disagrees up the ass
So the same ps owners here are different then the ones at ign. You make no sense
And just cause they are on IGN open forum they are actual ps3 owners and players? Not that hard to register and say Im an XBox owner and that the services suck themselves?
It baffles me.
So the XBL's main use is no longer for gaming then ????
Yorkie, you do know that Bill Gates said he didn't want a gaming console from the start. He wanted a multimedia console since he announced the Original Xbox @ NotSoSilentBob Sorry dude, windows media center was there since launch. PS3 didn't force MS's hand on anything. As for FB and twitter on PS3 for free. Sorry dude, you cant access your mail on the PS3 browser because the flash player wont allow it. It's a drop down tab and the PS3 doesn't do that unless you change your OS. Also, you cant watch movies on Hulu through the PS3 browser. The 360 is offering all these features for the same price. There's no additional charge. Even if you dont use it, its still there for you. PSN still has a long way to go. All these things are on the 360 dashboard, but PS3 owners are saying they can access it through the PS3 browser. So it's not a point and click function at my fingertips.
Then why the hell has the thing only got a standard DVD drive if that was the vision, and don't tell me because of digital downloads cos it ain't got a hard drive built in either. I'm sorry but there is no way you market a console as multimedia machine when it's not equipped to do the job, indeed if you think back when the PS3 launched it was getting slated because it was indeed a true multimedia device. The reality is Microsoft are trying to fool people into believing that the XBL subscription is worth paying, the main use of a console is to play games and to play them online, for this there should be no fee to pay but Microsoft know that if online gaming was free and you had to subscribe for the extra features subscriptions would plummet and that would put them in a very difficult financial position.
man you people really need a ps3. becuase you must be getting false information about what the 360 is offering you
I don't think Face/twitter or the other crap make XBL worth the price. Is it nice to have? Sure. I think XBL is more user friendly. Everything is easy to find and easy to use. I don't get the same feeling with PSN. Is PSN free? Sure, but I don't think PSN gamers are as competitive as the ones on XBL. People pay for XBL because they can afford it. Many people don't even pay $50.00 dollars for it. There are plenty of great deals out there that allow you to pay a much cheaper price. All the lames are hating on XBL but in all honesty the majority of gamers prefer to be on a user friendly system with a high populace, thus XBL. If you think I'm wrong that's fine but I've yet to be on UC2 with more than 15,000 people playing the game. Halo 3 has much more than that last time I played. It may be $50.00 but people enjoy it!
does it really matter how many people are on UC2 or on halo 3? your still only playing with 10-16 people so whats ur point -_-
@bx "xbox users are more competitive and can afford it". Wow I've read your ignorance but never to this level. Those statements are one of a fanboi. As for ease of use your wrong it used to be that way then came the nxe that ruined it. In all of the time I have played on live and even from the ps2 days competion has been at the same level. Like I and others on this site say if online mp were with the silver package no one would be gold.
First Flopza 3 barbie dress up edition and now facebook and twitter yeah I can see all those xbots now twittering how good their hotwheels look with the barbie decals Lmao. Xbox Turd60 fails just like the first one. *sips bot's tears* Mmmm Mmmm good.
The irony of all this excessive fanboyism (on both sides) is that all we're both saying is the other system sucks for "x" reason repeatedly. Forza may not be a masterpiece, but Haze and even Killzone 2 were nowhere near their hype. I've already said I recognize and understand the 360's hardware inferiority, but the reliability issue and "pay service" (gasp!! if your cellphone bill was free wouldn't you wonder if it was as good as a pay version?) get beat to death. The arguments never change, for either side. And neither will ever put the other out of business. Ever.
I've been using facebook and twitter on my PS3 for the last 2 years. oh and I didn't pay a dime.
1. Playstation Home, some may not like it, but i do, sometimes you dont wanna play a game, you wanna just invite one of your friends, chat, play pool, and [email protected] 2. Web Browser, i dont use it alot sure, no one uses it alot, but lets say i have lot of friends over, i dont wanna bring them all up to my room to watch this vid on youtube, bam ill do it on my 46 inch TV. 3. great games, fat princess, crash commando, flower, super stardust, even braid, uno, and castle crashers are coming to the ps3. 4. dedicated servers. 5. massive online games, aka resistance 2 with 60 people, and of course mag with 256 people, nothing like that on the 360. 6. tons of mmo's coming out - free realms, dc universe, the agency, final fantasy 14. ( all of these will also be on pc) 7. Qore, you pay 25 bucks a year, you get free games which cover up the money you payed, and more importantly you get invites to betas. 8. ITS [email protected]
One argument that always seems to pop up, and I think is very ignorant to say the least is "How many people are online". Be it 1,000,000 or 100, it's not likely you're going to play with 100 people in a game let alone 1,000,000 just my 2 cents!!!
The ps3 is so far ahead of features, they get so exited knowing that they can use twitter and facebook, well i can do facebook and stream porn on another page you cant beat that can you.
I am one who will continue to pay but will not use face book and twitter on my 360. Sky maybe. Voice chat trumps all other communication options for me. I love my voice and my friends do too.
So you pay for cross game chat and that's it is that what your saying? If so it must be nice to be able to grow money trees.
I was expecting something different upon reading the title and my eyes dropped when I saw the reasons. Wasn't this similar to the reason why the 360 fanboys bashed the PS3 before touting it as a cheap "blu-ray" player. What about now. Will we call the 360 the expensive, must buy console for Twitter, Facebook and Last fm????
1. You do not pay for Facebook/Twitter, because we are already paying for a FAR superior online gaming experience with the 360, and then facebook and twitter came along and where an added bonus 2. as always the 360 offers a much more community and social networking experience, which is what I want, not a cold dead shrill of an online service I.e PSN
Yeah guys, totally. Here is the long list of all the things that Xbox Live offers over the PSN: Cross Game Chat and... uhh.. umm.. uhhh... (come on guys help me out!) Oh and Netflix!.... oh wait..
your "number 2" wasnt needed but the first was ok
I own and support my 360 and I even gave this post a disagree. This is completely perspective based. I've been on PSN and it's neither cold or dead. I prefer my 360, but to pretend that PSN is VASTLY inferior to the XBL experience is just uneducated gaming rhetoric. This is a ridiculous article written by a fanboy. Of course it's going to get shredded by the "other" fanboys. What happens when you write an article about the best PS3 exclusives? You get both fanboys arguing, "No! M1n3 g4m3z is b3ttr!" It makes us all look stupid. And it sets us all back as we try to gain respect (all of us, together) as a legitimate hobby and lifestyle.
SURE, XBOX LIVE IS GREAT, NO DENYING IT.
However, to say that it's worth while to pay $50 a year...JUST TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO BUY MORE STUFF, is freaking insane!
let me get this straight, I can play Call of Duty 4 and other multiplat/exclusives, and decide what I want to buy or rent from the PSN store,, OR I can pay MS a yearly fee JUST to look at stuff to buy/rent. Why is there a XBL silver membership anyway?? People, you do realize that Netflicks on PS3 will not cost a $50 annual fee, JUST TO FREAKING LOOK...RIGHT?? so, there is no cross game chat yet..is that worth your hard earned $50 bucks? There are multiple PS3 games that have more people support than the competition, yet....you hear of no lag issues with Killzone 2, Resistance 2, or the Call of duty Games..do you?
But hey, I'm just another Sony fanboy, who believes in not getting suckered with the Halo and GTA DLC (Something that was most likely already complete, and held from the main game) carrot. SILLY RABBIT (MICROSOFT), TRICKS ARE FOR KIDS! (XBOX OWNERS...ESPECIALLY THE UNSUSPECTING PARENTS, THAT MS PREYS UPON!!) I wounder how many bubbles will the truth cost me this time? (LOL)
Hot damn this article is terrible! Most of the points are not game related and the PS3 does 99% of what he has listed but for FREE. It has had Facebook and Twitter access for ages - HELLO a web browser!! I just can;t be bothered to go into the full details but comeone who approved this??
I have been wondering about this for a while now and don't know whether it's me who cant find the way to do it. Can you sign in multiple profiles on the PS3 as u can with the 360? I have been trying to do when my friend is at my house but just can't seem to do it
Has everyone forgot that Xbox Live has Windows Media Center intergration? this gives users access to live and recoreded TV and movies, Internet Tv, and Netflix. There is also a section completly deticated to all things sports. There is a section for online media such as MNSBC.com news. There is sections for pictures and music. There is online Radio support, one being XM radio. You can also download things to your program libray like games and apps. I am bringing you this comment from my Xbox 360 internet browser!I could already use things like Facebook and Twitter on my 360.All of this is free so long as you have an internet connection. So for everyone who feels that the PS3 is a more social entertainment console, think again because it has nothing over the Xbox 360.
The media Center was added in after Sony put it on the PS3 if I remember right. Either way PS3 is a better social tool as it has had Facebook/myspace/twitter ability Since it launched and hasn't had to make deals with anyone about it.
are you serious? -Twitter and Facebook I can access that on my ps3 web browser. yes WEB BROWSER which can go on any site :) also i can access that via Firefox on Linux (which is installed on my ps3) and my Macbook which sits right beside my ps3 (because i play on a 21.5" monitor.) -Sky TV. Well here in australia We have Foxtel, (which has the same remote as that picture in the article.) and that sits under my ps3 which is connected to my TV sitting on the right side of the monitor on which i play games. Which means i can watch and play at the same time :) I'm sorry mate this blog was a fail.