Electronic Gaming Monthly had an article on PlayStation Home in their October 2007 issue. At the end of the article, they had a "Home Improvement" section where the compared it with Xbox Live.
It's really not a fair comparison. Unfair for both:
1.They forgot to consider price. Home being free, Live not being free.
2.Live is a great program while Home is kind of a game / sim.
3.The forgot to consider the interactivity. Home is interactive and fun while Live is a utility.
4.Home is like YouTube and MySpace. Live is like XFire and such.
Not to mention their final verdict doesn't go along with their summary:
Personalization - Home Wins
Game Invites - Live Wins
Social Gaming - Home Wins
Chatting - Home Wins
Managing Friends - Live Wins
Media Sharing - Home Wins (Live doesn't even do it)
So that's 4 to 2 in favour of Home, yet they say "Live (barely) wins...for now."
How does that work?
lol so true
Live is the only "real" online gaming network, home is still just talk. Live has free demo's and I mean well over a hundred, as well as Movies, Tv shows etc... and these number in the hundreds too. Instant messaging not including the new instant messenger controller that's soon arriving. Xbox Live also has timely free TV shows including special episodes of South park, and others. So yeah, Xbox Live is 49.00 a year, well I'd easily pay alot more than that for it also your paying alot more for the PSN if you do anything on it.
For now, the Xbox Live is like a strong 9 out of 10 and the PSN is a 3 out of 10, so there's no comparison as of yet, Ms is light years ahead.
Try a comparison like say in 2nd quarter of 2008. By then PSN will have home and we the Xbox Live community will have IPTV as well as a few other surprises. It's also great to be watching Disney movies exclusive to LIVE.
And its just the begining of Home,there will be upgrades as time pass,my crib is gonna be PimP OuT ! Can't wait,we can watch movies in Home,chat and talk,play games,share pictures,video's,invite friends over to your house and have a blast .. Next month HOME ..
no joke i honestly think that PSn can be equal to or better than live the way its going. sony is doing a great job best thing is its free!!!!!
has true skill matching so that you only play people at your level and don't get your butt kicked all the time. It will always be better than Home until Sony comes up with something similar.
Live may have "quantity of those arcade games", but if you look at the selection for PSN, they are higher quality and we don't get really crappy Wii online arcades those 1980's ports are just sad.
HD stardust and calling all cars are just some examples of nice variations of games on PSN.
If you really want a fair comparison, do not compare Home Vs Xbox Live.
Compare PSN vs Xbox Live, Home is just ONE aspect of PSN, now if you do that, I think PSN wins over Live. There is something genuinely satisfy about folding at home (i dont know what it is, but it's there; maybe just bc i am a man of science and medicine, but alot of other gamers have told me the same thing about [email protected]
people forget you can play in Home, meet people, share movies music and photos from their hard drives.
More serious gamer can set up their apartment as clan hub with their own images on the walls and launching directly from their apartment. They get tired of playing the same game, they go back straight to the apartment and launch which ever game they want.
@1.7, are you really a "man of medicine"?
I'm finishing my Cellular Biology Undergrad Degree and I'm applying for med school soon.
@ Everyone else, Here's the potential I see for home: Meeting a group of people in the Killzone lounge and launching into game. Going to a virtual E3. Hosting special events and tournaments in home squares. Meeting developers who happen to be exploring Home just as we are.
As far as PSN goes, I want only one thing, I don't even care about in-game XMB. When I owned my 360, the ability to voice chat across ALL games (Talking cross single-player games, dashboard-game, private chat in multiplayer games, etc), that constant connection you had to your cousin, or your best friend, even a recently met comrade is such a great feature. I want the PSN to have a constant voice chat that doesn't turn off when you launch a game or a trailer or anything.
Yeah ps3 should have came with a bluetooth headset or at least USB. That way everyone would be guaranteed to be able to communicate. I need to go get one for Warhawk. Not being able to talk in that game is HORRENDOUSLY annoying.
is no comparison. Live is the pinnacle of online gaming. It has a great foundation built over 5 years in the making.
With a bevy of content always updating. Whether it be HD movies, demos, or even Betas. And the first of it's kind for any console XBOX Live Arcade.
Sony will have their day one day but for now it is time to play catch up...
Even when you're being honest, you get 8+ disagrees from anonymous users who don't even explain why. Bubbles for you.
and calling live the "pinnacle" of online gaming is what gets him the disagrees. Live has it's plethora of problems. The abuse reporting system is a joke, and trust me, the demographic that the 360 attracts NEEDS strict monitoring. I'll be able to video chat with a small window of my buddy in the corner of my screen WHILE IM PLAYING A GAME, what is it you do in live?? you have to stop playing and switch over to the console in order to do anything. Live is getting owned just on features alone, and once Home comes out Live will be destroyed.
he gets disagrees for telling the truth sadly
Actually live has games were you can see your friends and opponents pictures during gameplay without having to leave the game! I don't understand what the big deal is about home or live being better then one another when we should just be glad both companies are taking online seriously!
They can Disagree all they want, but at the end of the day, they know the grass is still greener over here in Xbox Live Land.
Am I the only one that thinks HOME is a joke??? Own a virtual apartment that you could decorate with virtual curtains and furniture and make it all nice for your virtual girlfriend? Yeah I think that would be great if I was a 40 year old virgin.
"Am I the only one that thinks videogames are a JOKE?!?! You just shoot virtual dudes with virtual weapons with virtual buddies. WTF!!! I think that would be great if I was some 40 year old no-life!"
My point being: Some people think doing that is fun. Not to mention you can do everything that Live offers and more in Home. It's not just decorating your apartment. That's like saying the only feature of Xbox Live is changing your dashboard theme.
I think HOME is kind of stupid too.
I mean, i'm sure it's great to talk to people when they have a fake little person there instead of playing a game, but i just don't see it.
No matter how many times i see HOME being presented, i just see it as "Oh, so, i can go online, make a guy, then find a friend to come back to my virtual house and virtually sit on a couch?" I just don't see it.
I saw an article on here about why this one guy likes HOME and he says theres more interactivity with people. Sure it is, you can choose who you want to play with by seeing if you like someone first. But how many people are going to go up to a random guy and go "You look cool, wanna be my friend?" plus theres going to be a lot of guys smothering the 15 female characters.
I GET the idea of HOME, i really do, and it looks like a cool thing but i don't think it's gonna be anything reveloutionary.
If anybody thinks sitting in a virtual couch in your virtual apartment is more fun than playing an actual game...than maybe they should add a virtual hospital in HOME cuz you guys need it.
need to STFU about things they know NOTHING about,
You can gather with your friends in Home and:
take turns inside a ring in Fight Night like sparring matches
go to a streetcourt and play a quick game of b-ball
go to a field and play a game of soccer
jump in vehicles and have a street race
etc etc etc
and that's BEFORE we go into the ability to launch PS3 titles from within Home bringing your friends along into the game.
LIVE = PWNED...............deal with it.
Home is way too gimmicky for me. An apartment? WTF would I want to sit in a virtual chair for? Hey, let's have a dance party woohoo!!
Just get to the gaming.
The only thing that's really cool is the media sharing but do you really need a virtual world and stupid avatar to do that?
If you're gonna play with your friends you already know, go to your friends list and put in the damned game!
Could you please tell me something about HOME that will make me want it? Please, enlighten me.
The fact that any fanboy immediately dismisses any valid argument against anything on their system is truly, truly sad.
My first comment wasn't "Fanboyish" in any way. Yet you still just disregard my opinion as if i'm some kind of 360 extremist. You proved that you have no life and only rely on your console to make you feel good by posting that stupid comment.
"Pwned" you dipshit.
You know it sounds like playing virtual Barbie dolls. Dress them up decorate the house, then wait for the friends to come over so you can take the Barbie Malibu car to the beach. lol
I have been saying the same thing since day one, Home0 I mean Home is quit the joke. If M$ did something like this I would probably sell my Xbox 360 & stick with PC gaming. I would not be caught with Home0, again I mean Home, even if my life depended on it. Don't get me wrong, it looks fun if you where a twelve year old girl with lot of friends that don't like getting together in real life.
Yeah FirstKnight, Home has looked like a joke to me from day one:
Aside from the hilariously cheesy dialogue shown in the screenshots (Sony obviously has no idea what online gamers are actually like) I just don't see why anyone would want to sit around customizing their avatar and fixing up their virtual apartment so they can sit around on a virtual couch, or perhaps throw a virtual party where a bunch of nerds can come over with their avatars and engaging in virtual dancing, virtual eating, and virtual movie watching.
What the PS3 needs is an online service, not some cheesy Second Life imitation where you can walk around looking like you just stepped out of CSI: Miami.
The millions of users that will be using Home don't really care what U think is "gay". O yea cool guy, this reminds me of barbies...hehe. I have Xbox live and its ok besides dealing with 80% of people that seem to be sooo angry because their playing these shooters and I dunno...they just seem sooo angry at the world... and XBLA sucks how most the games are crappy arcade ports... some of the reallllly bad and not worth the money Microsoft wants...It doesn't matter what people think...the reality is it's a more powerful, more diverse, and more innovative system than xbox and there really is no comparison... only haters trying so deprately to defend THEIR system...happy with it or not. I don't have a PS3...this IS the truth though...cannot wait to get my hands on all this new material.
And second life sucks. So what do you think home will be.
Oh its going to be so cool people say. I just wonder have any of these fools played second life? Its all porn, advertising, and virtual meetings. You know Sony is already selling space for advertising right. I'm sure Second Life was really cool at first till it was exploited and turned into what it is now. How long will it take before Home is Exploited.
and i'll kind of agree with you firstknignt- i think you are a joke
Whats that, your a 40 year old virgin
I couldn't agree more
how can they compare home with live ? home is even not out ? lol idiots.
I will wait for a deep comparsion between the services.
i use Live to play online - nothing more.
Home is like a virtual world a'la second-life.
There's much more to do in Home ... i think!
My opinion: Home = Better!
It's difficult to judge Home off the Beta at the moment. There would only be a few thousand able to use it, and not all the features are included. Wait until it's released later this year, where there could be over a million people, and a swath of new features.
lets run with this one
Xbox Live should be compared with the entire PSN. Home is part of the PSN. Right now M$ have the edge with more DLC but I'm sure Sony will come up with something a little similar service-wise but totally different overall.
FirstKnight stop tellin us home is a joke cause almost no one aggrees apparently if you dont like it shut up about stop trying to persuade us to think negative about it because its never gonna happen
Or maybe it's a PS3 fan reading through the comments and randomly disagreeing?
"Am I the only one that thinks HOME is a joke??? Own a virtual apartment that you could decorate with virtual curtains and furniture and make it all nice for your virtual girlfriend? Yeah I think that would be great if I was a 40 year old virgin. "
Apparently the few millions of people who bought and play The Sims for the PC think it's great...
And maybe you are a 40-year old virgin...
PSN + Home > Xbox Live
Home is more than Live,you cant even surf the web with Live,at lease the Wii can .
Home is a software application that is cconnected to the PSN like a game or chat service. Xboxlive is not only the online interface but the whole online server client/launcher for all of Xbox's online activity... like PSN.
I think this whole "Live vs Home" argument comes around because people view home as some kinda of massive attempt by Sony to undermind live when I think that is pretty weak. Home is a totally different approach from live, it's a seperate software entity.. that's all... not some kinda of Xbox-Live-Killing super plan. If Sony thinks that it really is deluded.
As for people's apathy towards home like firstknight and that Jay3 guy. I can understand this totally because I for one have never understood having myspace accounts, youtube video diaries, play the sims or any other vain portrayal of someones self concious online image.
However I think my oppinion stands irrelivant because most people will like running about in funny costumes in home, playing pool and throwing furniture down stairs....hey I might even have a bash myself.
To me Home isn't something I'm getting stiffies about but I can see why it would definately appeal to most people. It looks like something that if pulled off correctly could be have a massive impact.
double post sorry
I'm fortunate enough to own both consoles. Here are things PS3 needs to put it in the same league as Xbox Live....
1)Allow for access to your Friend's list ALL the time not just when your in the XBM.
2)Allow for voice chat with Friend's from your friend's list while you play a game.
3)Allow for game invites from your Friend's list while in a game. Creating a seperate friend's list in each game is not the answer or flexible.
4)Ability to check messages while in gameplay without having to quit the game to go back to the XBM.
The PS3 Network is not designed for the gamer. It functions more like a dashboard for a computer.
I think HOME has potential and I'm looking forward to trying it out. However, I honestyly think most serious gamers are more interested in getting into the game and not wandering around a SIM environment, "decorating" your apartment.
Although, the Xbox Live environment isn't "flashy", I can definitely see how my $4.00 per month is being used.
Currently there is no point in comparing the two because XBL is active, and Home is not.
I do agree with First Knight that the concept of Home is a magnet for virgins, but instead of the 40 year old variety, it is intended for the 13-25 year types.
Anyone who plays video games, and thinks this concept facilitates the experience is lacking normal socialization skills. It is funny to imagine the only two kids who own a PS3 in a school discussing visiting each others virtual "pad" in Home to compare their trophies or how it is decorated. Maybe they can talk about the girls who don't even know they exist.
I could care less who wins the console war, but this is more of a gimmick than the Wii.
Home at the beginning of it's life can do everything Live can 5-6 years out! It not only looks better (understatement), it plays (keyword plays). This is a revolutionary free service. If you have to defend paying for something then you must truly be a fanboy! I would never pay for Live and I will have fun with Home. By this time next year, Home will have two times the userbase than live.
when they start talking about how people who use Home have no real lives or social skills.
I CAN SMELL THE FEARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR R!!!!!!! lol
Only someone with a lack of self esteem and awareness would attach their identity to an inanimate object such as a game console. And who fears the team mired in last place? Do you think the Red Sox are looking down at the Devil Rays and quaking in their boots?
Hopefully you and your virtual friends will have a great time in your virtual apartments watching movies together.
The rest of the rational and mature people on this site (there are plenty of PS3 and 360 owners in this group) can discuss gaming like normal people.
Does it mean that you can share any media on the HDD and what's in the disc drive? That would be BAR NONE the absolute best way to watch movies with friends if they lived far away. Pop in a Blu-Ray or DVD, and there it is on your wall for your whole group to see.
Whether you love XBox or Nintendo, you can't honestly hate on that. I'm sure there are some that will though...there's always some that will. I do hope that they take notes and listen to community feedback though. There's a lot of creative minds out there that don't work for Sony, and I think if they take input from the community, the popularity and fun of Home could just sky-rocket. The sky really is the limit with something so interactive.
Personally, I'd like to see an action or mini-game for anything you can do IRL. I'd like to see basketball, skateboarding, roller-blading, dancing is already there, wrestling, football, or any number of activities.
Sounds pretty exciting, and the thought of numerous possibilities makes it even more enticing.
Home has features I'm interested in, and some I'm not. While I'd rather be playing games than decorating my virtual apartment, there's no complaint because it's free. I don't believe that we should have to pay just to play online, and in all honesty, while LIVE is great at what it does, it should be a free service; especially when most game's achievements require online play to attain. Sure there's the $4 a month argument, but that's not the point. I buy the $50 subscription cards, and that's $50 I could be putting towards a game. While Home is interesting, I'd also like to mention that I fear all of the effort Sony has put into Home and it's features, will not be without a price. There will probably be a point two years down the road, where Sony turns around and says it's going to cost you.
who really wants to surf the net on a console.. i have wii but pc is best for surfing. xbl is well worth the cash..
Maybe for their next article they should compare coconuts to carburetors. The real comparison should be Live to PSN or the 360's dashboard to the PS3's XMB. There really isn't anything on the 360 that compares to Home.
home reminds me a little like phantasy star online on the dreamcast... was good for a bit but soon got tired of it.. home is defo for the ladies bless um
lol so true, i showed my sister home and she saw it and said it looks like sims, i want it, lol
AS you have read from my previous posts i am a solely playstation owner mainly on the i have not infinite supplies of cash to buy all 3. But as i see this sony and microsoft are aiming at two different places for their online services, while sony and home focus more on building a community by sharing media, free minigames use, and clan houses and or apartments, microsoft and xboxlive focus more on the individual player and his gaming needs at least thats the impression i have from playing hallo and gears online with a friend and all the info i have seen about home..
I just wanna play games online not run around like a sad flippin idiot.
Thats exactly what u will be doing, because u represent the xbox little teen population. Thats exactly the reason xbox will never have any social networking because they know there market mentally cant handle it.
and stop running around like the sad little idiot you are
The pinnacle of online gaming would be a little game called World of Warcraft.
Home won in most categories but Live won over all. They contradict themselves. Also, Home aint out yet, just the beta.
Theres no comparison between the two. Home is a online sim. Ithink it will help boost the PSN. It is free in concept. It is free for the service, but if you wish to customize or add on anything it will cost you, probaly not a lot for each individually thing, but it will be a nickel and dime kind of thing. I think most PS3 owners will get it, but most will not use the service past a month or two. For those who like sims this will be a great thing for them.
Xbox Live has taken online gaming to a new real. 5 plus years of patches and restructuring has made this service really good. Some people do not like the cost, but $49 a a year is like $ USD a months, hell ost people spend that much on one Happy Meal at Mcdonalds. You can download music videos, tv shows, new releases, trailers, game demos, game trailers, etc. You can chat with you friends, track the games they play or compare games with a potential friend, compare gamers scores...for instance one person can be playing Oblivion and another playing Gears of War and still chatting with another. You also have video chatting as well, Xbox Live arcade has improved a lot also.
What I do not understand is how PS3 owners who complain about the cost of live being so much compare to PSN, but defend the heavy price of the PS3 by saying it is better than the Xbox 360. I have no problem with then saying the PS3 is better than the 360 and thats why they paid more for it, but in retrospect Live is much better than the PSN (disgree if you want) so vica versa.
Anyway I have all three system and I am always on XBL, ocasionally on PSN, and never use the Wii on line gaming. I am waiting for PSN to improve which I have no doubt that it will.
windows media center/connect to share media (music, movies, pictures) between your pc or network of pcs to your xbox. If I wanted to share them with others than i send it through my pc.
"Do you think the Red Sox are looking down at the Devil Rays and quaking in their boots?"
I think a better description would be the Devils Rays claiming there going to take the division away from the Boston Red Sox.
Got to wait and see with Home and if it can deliver what its promising. I believe Home is going to be free but there going to charge you money for that nice crib and extra features that is unrelated to your gaming experience.
Shouldn't they be comparing PSN to LIVE and home being a feature for PSN. And seriously price and stuff has to be taken into consideration.
this is one of those unfair biased reviews where they mess with ur eyes ta make something look better when its not........everyone knows xbox live is better.....im not a fanboy i have em both....i think xbox live is way better
Home isnt out yet unless you are one of the beta testers?
Oh My Freaking God
Home wins 4 out of the six categories but they give the dge to xbox live? WTF is that all about?? Oh its the same xbot guys who gave lair that wack score i get it.......Thats the true sign of egm needing to go away! probably the worst video game magazine in the world!!!!
There are so many things that you can do in home that you won't EVER be able to do on xbox live. And i really mean EVER.........Live is a great fantastic service and it WAS the pinnicle of online gaming however times are changing and we are now living in the youtube/myspace era and this is where home comes into play. Things will switch around so quickly with all of the unique features that home has live will be in a lonley zone in a world of its own.
Home alone will push millions of consoles, its a game winthin the console (A consoles first)!!!!
And ofcourse there will be many women on there which will be great for everybody because I can play games or just browse around checking for hot gaming chicks (How cool is that?). All my buddies who lives in Chicago we all can chill in apartment and watch movies listen to music check out some photos I mean it will be *MAJOR*
After chillen doing all of that we all can just hop into some online action in Motorstorm....HAZE......or whatever. Home will OWN!!!!!!!!!
To all my PS3 People, the XBOTS have conspired to take away my bubbles please help me as I need support from you all so I can continue the battle with the BOTS!!!! I need bubbles my comrades.....
Cos Xbots take my bubbles away too,but return the favour please:)
And Home will be revolutionary!
Live is great and all but you have to pay and pay and pay to get the most out of the service,unlike PSN,free baby!:D
it would be better to compare PSN to Live, Home is just part of PSN
i like what Home is tryin to do but, i've been in the beta since the beginning and it's getting boring because they haven't added all the things they promised so far. when they add everything i'll be happy. i haven't been in my Home for weeks. maybe i'll log-in today to see if they changed anything.