TheSixthAxis looks at all the issues with the PSN, and how to fix them.
"The PlayStation Network needs more consistency, better integration and a standard model for handling game-invites and joining your friends through the XMB."
Sony leaves it up to the dev so they can do something special/personal with the multiplayer, not get stuck by the constraints of a standard model.
Well, we already see what happens when you let the cat loose. Forcing the developer to use the tools available first and foremost is the way to go and is what keeps everything consistent to at least a minimum quality. Anything else you ask Sony for permission is probably the best way to go...
Agree 100% High Stakes Poker is prime example. No way to invite friends to your table. Really takes away from the experience. Of course, it also uses the horrendous gamespy net.
"TheSixthAxis looks at" Yeah right "This is an unedited guest article written by reader Kevin Middelbos. His views may not represent those of TheSixthAxis." Good way to get traffic, then just make it seem to everyone that you guys actually wrote it. You guys do some nice original content, but other sites don't go and do this kind of stuff.
... I wrote the article and send it to them myself. They posted this with my permission.
I have no problem where PSN is right now...
Yet another troll account on a PS3 article. What's the matter milksoles, no games to play?
I have been saying that Home should replace the XMB forever. I like the PSN, it works for what I need it to do, but Live does have a lot of features that help foster a better feeling of community. Case and point, I always make sure I'm signed into Xbox Live before I do anything with my 360 and I only sign into the PSN when I am actually going to play online.
"Case and point, I always make sure I'm signed into Xbox Live before I do anything with my 360 and I only sign into the PSN when I am actually going to play online"... I do the exact some thing, I always make sure my 360 is connected (I like a direct connection to the modem) to XBL before I even turn my 360 on. With PSN I rarely connect it to the net, unless I playing a multiplayer game, which unfortunately I rarely do on my PS3 or when there is an update. As I said before I don't think PSN is bad, but it just doesn't fill my needs when it comes to online gaming free or not, if I'm not using it the price or lack thereof doesn't make a difference to me.
I play games online for free..dont care about features.... I have used party chat on live, for BC2, since the game is gimped with no intersquad chat and small squads
I expected Afterburner Climax on PSN to have optional Sixaxis control. Sad face.
One of the biggest problem for me is to figure out how the invite system works with different games. Its almost always a hassle for me to invite some friends to join me. There should really be one system that every game uses, just to make it as easy as possible for the gamer to join his/her friends to play a game. This is something I hope Sony implement because as it is now only a few developers can make a good "join system".
kinda like with xbl where u hit a button right?
wjat the only thing you have to do to invite people to a game is go to there gamer tag press triangle and invite to game
i would like more updates on the psn like how it is on xbl. i mean of course weds is the arcade release but they get other dls and videos every day. also a more flashy setup as well. its nice but id like something more. home integration would be good, but it could make it bad.
I like free & I like the party system but I ain't willing to pay $50 a year for it. Plus 90% of my friends are on psn. And I don't need cross game chat I got a little thing called a cellphone.
i had live for a year and it wasnt enough for me to pay 50$ a year over my free online. the biggest difference between live and psn besides price IMO is that there are so many more kids that i have to Mute on live. live is ok but come on havingg to pay 50$ in one shot is annoyin wen u cud just get a new game then u need live to download some demos....wtf???? and u have to have gold to use ur netflix? wtf? and wait i dont have an internet browser when i pay yet MS created internet explorer???? i'll stick with free :)
35 bucks can get you 12 months of live from amazon.com. I like psn for what it is for free but I wouldn't mind if it had all the features of xbl plus more for a premium price if it meant having a better service. Take Red Dead for example I would have preferred to get the game on the ps3 but my friends and I opted for the 360 version because of party chat. @midgard the kid argument is not very substantial considering the 360 comes with a headset out the box giving those stupid kids a voice. PSN has it's fair share of idiots and to be honest I'd say psn could be potentially worse if sony ever decided to include a headset out the box cuz more kids would have a voice and they'd have said voice for free. I hear my fair share of racist vulgar remarks on psn and most of those remarks come from the 25+ crowd. I like both services for what they are but I don't give Sony any pass because psn is their first real attempt at a online service. Maybe it's cuz I'm old but I remember when the dreamcast came out with segaNet and because Sony was the big dawg of the industry they laughed it off. Even when the xbox was announced and the xbl service was announced they made no attempt to become a contender in the online space at that time. during the ps2 era Sony was very lacking in forward thinking. I think now though they've learned a valuable lesson. I'm excited to see what they have in store for E3 this year.
trust me i mute plenty of people on psn, tho online in general has so much vulgarity and racism. it makes sense that live wud have more kids since like u said all xbox's come with a headset. tho while 35 is alot less i could still get a used game on amazon for that much. and the fact is that in 4 years of paying for live thats 4 less games i woulda had. but thats just me, we r all different and all have our own preferences. eitherway while online is cool i think its more annoying than anything with the birth of online gaming has come morons talking to morons, lag, annoying music in the backgroundd, mass scale cheating , dlc, lazy devs putting out unfinished games and patching them later and more. tho i guess online has its ups too
it has party chat on both systems???
@megulito no it doesn't. It has proximity chat so even though you can set up a posse on psn just like xbl however if you get separated from your posse they can't hear you. on xbl my friends and I can still converse no matter where we are on the map. if 4 wanna tackle a hideout and the other 4 wanna hunt some bears we can all still communicate via party chat.
i think its both sony needs to wake up and start doing things better from web browser to in game chat xbl its great and that is the only thing i miss about my xbox we have to remember that xbl is over 8 years old and psn is only 4 years they are getting better every up date so i think very soon it will be fix as long as we keep tell them what we want they ill put it in.
May as well ask is MS holding back XBL by only allowing Gold accounts to actual XBL features. Especially with some of those features, like Netflix, you have to pay extra.
I have no problem paying for Live, however, I do believe that there should a base service for online play for Silver Members. And there is no reason for me to have to have a gold subscription to use Netflix on my 360. I like not needing a disc, but that's just stupid.
But as it is, it gets the job done without a price tag. It gets no complaints from me.
Well the PSN network has come along very well. The major disadvantage and advantage is that is up to game developers to decide what PSN feature to use and what PSN feature not to use. That's a disadvantage because of what the article stated and is an advantage due to we get unique online gaming i.e. Metal gear guns of the patriots were cqc, use boxes, porn magazines, etc. Meaning there is hand to hand combat,deceive your opponent i.e plant a dirty magazine to distract your opponent take them out or put them to sleep, and stealth tactics along with run and gun play. Now online gaming regardless of features or lack of features relies heavily on its community i.e. What is the point of having state of the art features if no one is going to use them like cross game chat. Is just an example another example is lets say you are able to use hand to hand combat but the community prefers run and gun tactics instead. An online game lives oir dies by its community
very intuitive easy to navigate and not overly done with add and fake community stuff jumping at you and recently because of my sis and her freidns i found out hoem is actually fun to hang in and play in ... weir dbut true and i love the gaming nights im very scared of this psn plus and i hope against it happening
It's nice to hear so many kind words about my writings. :-)
It was spot on well done.
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