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Xbox Live Versus PlayStation Network

XBL Vs. PSN

Ding ding ding. A nice little series I might add (‘Versus’), and this week I’ve chosen PSN and XBL. It’s a little fanboyish topic that I hope to resolve, please do take the time to read all of this post. Feel free to reply, debate, call me up, kill me, bury me or even just laugh at me. I just want to stop an age old holy war between the Playslaves and Sexboxers. Do keep in mind that I’ve spent more time on PSN, but also keep in mind that I just buy all my games for the PS3. Not out of being bias, just really out of “All my friends have Ps3.”

1. XBLA

Obviously Microsoft has giant publisher support, who regularly picks up new developers. New developers who can get acquainted with the XBLA Dev tools very quickly and ship them out. As far as I’ve been told, these dev kits are very similar to the PSN kits, but then again I don’t know anything. XBLA obviously has more titles, and better titles, because its been around longer. Plus the fact that Microsoft knows just about everybody in the biz now.

2. Friends

I can look at my friends in game on PSN and I can do the same on the XBL, I can send messages, voice messages and such through XBL and I can do the same thing on PSN (bar the voice messaging feature, which will probably be in a future firmware update). The party system on XBL is obviously a huge ‘out-trumper’ but I think Sony has experimented with putting it on the PSN. As I can recall, it was on the feature list for one of the 2.XX updates. If there’s anything else about friends I’ve missed out, do nudge me.

3. Multiplayer

I hate the words “I get a **** connection on ps3 games but ace on 360.”, that’s usually mentioned in real life rather than here. But I’ve heard it around these parts at some point. The real problem with multiplayer on the PS3 platform isn’t Sony, or PSN or anything to do with us. It’s the publishers. Name any major multiplatform release and nine times out of ten it would have been developed with the 360 in mind. The publishers themselves will buy servers for multiplayer on all the platforms, but since it will sell better on the 360, they’ll buy better servers for them. They’ll buy cheaper servers for PS3 simply because they still want a slice of the pie, but the slice of the pie isn’t worth really bothering with. It all comes down to costs and greediness.

4. Costs

Now this is were some things start to get very interesting. I’ll just be like Lalalala, putting in my credit card details and such on PSN and then I’ll see Battlefield 1943 for £9.99, I’ll be like “Oooh, cool.”, I’ll add to my basket and then remember it’s on the XBL Marketplace too. Because I’m a cheapo, I’ll see if it’s a better price, so I’ll hop on my Xbox and check the price. 1200 MSPoints. Okay…

£10.20.

Small difference, I know, but it’s all the little pennies that make up a pound and really I think this is the same across the board. Although I can see some exceptions (Each Fallout 3 PS3 DLC is priced at £9.99, whereas the XBL versions are priced at 800 MSpoints, £6.80), but really they’re just around the same price. I can see why they some times charge more on the PSN, because of the server prices that Sony gets publishers to pay for. Which is far and everything. Microsoft pays for every single XBL server out there from the subscriptions that they get, plus they’re a major publisher of most XBLA titles too so they get more than enough cake.

5. Subscriptions.

Pretty obvious, £40 for XBL and nothing for PSN… or so it seems. As I outlined above, there’s a lot of hidden costs in PSN. From more pennies to pounds on downloadable games or DLC, to even the lack of a headset coming with the system. With all this being said, I still think you’ll end up paying the same amount for either service in the end. £40 for a whole year of XBL is actually, in my opinion, a lot of money for a very nice service. The one time my Xbox RROD, I got it back in one week. Very helpful service.

6. Visuals + Simplicity

I hate debating visuals and shizzle, so I included the topic of simplicity. The way your browse for your friends and through the marketplace. With PSN you hop on the store, look at ‘What’s New’ for new shizzle or go into different categories to find what you want. It’s the same thing with XBL, basically, although you can buy game DLC while in-game (I think).

In-game XMB on the PS3 can’t be any easier to manage. PS button -> Scroll right -> Friends -> Create Message -> To: StichRFC -> Add Reply: LOL U SUCK -> Send. It’s just about the same thing on XBL too. Although you get animations and avatars on XBL which add a sort of empty feeling of “Yeah this is better.”… but is it really? I don’t care whether a game looks good or not, I care how it plays. So I’m really not going to care that much when going through my friends list and, in my opinion, small little avatars next to big bold names is better than some avatar dude with the name etched below it.

7. Community

I hate (my favorite word) the fact that some people think the ”360 is for chavs.” or ”PS3 is for old guys with money.”, because really I’ve had a friendly experience on both. I’ve met whiney, twelve year old boys on both formats and I’ve met nice friendly people on both systems. I can even meet them up in a party on XBL or in Home (which I’ll get to in a minute). The community on 360 is huge and bigger than the PS3 simply because of its install base and its price point. The same thing would happen if the PS3 launched earlier and at a lower price.

Really the only thing I find different between the two is that I find more people with mics on the 360, as you have to buy one yourself with a PS3. Although I don’t care because I’m too busy owning.

8. Home

This deserves its own topic, because quite frankly, it’s pointless. Why do you need to meet in a virtual space, which takes hours of updates and installs, then downloads WITHIN itself? I don’t really see the point of it over than meeting up to play bowling, that’s what it is to me, free bowling. I don’t want to spend twenty minutes plobbing about into Home, waiting for the download to finish of the meeting space, wait for it to load, type fumbly on the PS3 controller… I just want to communicate with my friends. I don’t need to go into a virtual place to say “Hay, wanna game of Uncharted 2?”, “Sure.”, that’s what messaging was invented for.

Not really a negative thing for PSN, just pointless. Thank god Microsoft didn’t follow the lead.

9. Extras

Webcams and accessories work fine with both my PS3 and 360. I need a wireless adapter for my 360, which cost me a drab price of £60, but I think most people of wired connections anyway. The PSeye with the PS3 has some real nice quality, the Live Vision camera offers just about the same… so what gives? Any out-trumps in this department?

Texting?

I can quickly slide over the letters on my PS3 controller, but I can’t do it with the 360 controller. This won’t be a problem for many, since I’ve had my PS3 since just after launch and only got my 360 a year ago. From what I’ve seen, my friend types so fast on his 360 controller that he has to wait for the message to load, they’re the same as each other. I use a USB keyboard now anyway because I’m cool.

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  • Uhhh

    Uhhh, why isn’t there a conclusion to this. And furthermore, how is this not biased. You buy all games for your PS3 and have only had a 360 for a year. This article is NULL and VOID.

  • BerNardoMan420

    Yeah bro I’m a ps3 fanboy and i agree this is definitely biased lol

  • valleyshrew

    What part is biased? From reading it I got that the 360 has a couple of extra features that ps3 should have, and that the fact ps3 is free makes things a bit laggier and more expensive. So how is it biased?

    I thought it was a good article. Just a couple of things, you can buy some game dlc in-game for ps3, just depends if the game is made that way. In my experience you usually can, the store can load up while in a games menu.

    I think the ps3 is a bit negatively affected by the 360’s online. Only a couple of games have text chat and radio messages, because voice chat is standard on 360, but it isnt on ps3.

    Does 360 have inbuilt clan support for all games? I guess it does because it’s frankly incredible that cod and others dont have it on ps3 while exclusive games like resistance2,killzone2 and MGO do have it.

    Another thing is the 360 is much faster, the xmb takes quite a while to load on ps3 while in game, it crashes a lot too. Then there’s achievements which are better on 360 cos they’re faster and you can do more with them (seeing what % of players got each achievement for e.g.). In game soundtracks on 360, only a few on ps3 have them.

  • Josh

    I’m a PS3 fanboy but I can honestly admit that the software company (microsoft) is better at making software (Xbox LIVE).

    Party system, in-game soundtracks, cross-game chat, voice messaging, Netflix integration, windows media connection, and the ability to view other player’s friends. They are also adding facebook, twitter, sky player, and last.fm support. I pride myself in having the most powerful game console with the largest first-party developers, but I have to hand it to Microsoft — that $50 a year is worth it.

    But I can still play online for free, and my console can update — whereas the 360 is stuck with inferior hardware.

  • Joe

    Facebook, Twitter, and Netflix are already available on the PS3. Along with Youtube, Hulu, etc through the web browser.

    A point that NO ONE thinks about is that you dont own ANY xbla games…Dont believe me? Try not renewing your subscription and playing those games youve already bought!! Ridiculous, with PSN you actually own the videos and games you buy. Can even backup movies and tv shows and game share upto 5 times/PSN account (which are free in themselves, so gamesharing is pretty infinite).

    Home is a place not only to meet new people but to do ALOT as well. Golf, bowl, poker, pool, Siren mini games, racing, red bull plane challenge, theater, Sing Star is coming as well. Its more a social interaction than XBL…you can even talk via mics in Home.

  • name

    XBLA is better no doubt.
    but its not 50 bucks a year better.
    i wish sony would spend some popper cash and update their servers.
    ive been downloading the mag beta 2661.35MB update since 6PM last night its now 8:11PM and its only done 860MBs.
    its done 860MBs in 26 hours and 14 minutes.
    you have to be fucking shitting me.
    seriously!
    i can download FULL GAMES! off my PC which average around 4GBs in 6 hours.
    so my PC can download 4GBs in 6 hours where my ps3 takes 26 hours to do 860MBs?
    so my PC can download 16GBs in 24 hours, roughly 20 times what my ps3 can do.
    jesus fucking christ im really starting to regret buying a ps3.

  • SprayK47

    you gotta be shittin me only reason i would get a xbox is to play halo… thats about it. dont get be me wrong the graphics r a tad bit better but i love the free access. home is not pointless, look at it as a virtual chat room. sometimes you may get tired of playing games and you just wanna step outside and meet new friends and a few chicks. i love my blu-ray, that means.. no more scratched cds/dvds so technically i think one would spend less with the ps3 if you dont buy every movie or classic game you see…. who said you have to buy head sets??? i always use my blue tooth.

  • xbox is shit, kojima said so.

  • wow, OK there was no point what so ever in this article.

    Just another way for a gaystation wii (my name for the ps3 with the dumb ice cream cone looking wand thing that is supposed to be their answer to the wii) owner to put something out on the net.

    Maybe this article would be justified if he actually spent some actually playing games on the 360.

    I also think its funny how he pretty much just gave an excuse in the visuals part by adding “simplicity” to it. He knows just like every other ps3 fanboy that the graphics more multi platform games just look better on the 360. He just wants people to forget about that and focus on something else.

    “stop the fanboys”??? Yeah, this coming from a fanboy himself. You can tell from his writing..

  • Nathan Hardisty

    “You can tell from his writing.”

    ‘not really a negative thing for PSN, just pointless. Thank god Microsoft didn’t follow the lead.’

    ‘£40 for a whole year of XBL is actually, in my opinion, a lot of money for a very nice service.’

    ‘The one time my Xbox RROD, I got it back in one week. Very helpful service.’

    Read the actual article before actually commenting 🙂

    “you gotta be shittin me only reason i would get a xbox is to play halo”

    And gears and mass effect and… a hell of a lot more (Left4Dead, Braid, GTA IV DLC)

    “You buy all games for your PS3 and have only had a 360 for a year. This article is NULL and VOID.”

    Just because I don’t play my 360 doesn’t mean I don’t know it inside and out. I go on it everyday, I check every update and the only thing I don’t do is buy games for it. For the simple reason that all of my friends have PS3s.

  • I also forgot to add that sony dont have trophy support for all of its games even though the 360 does.

    Sony half assed the back compat when they had it, and then they decided to get rid of it under the disguise that they dont need it since the ps2 is still selling (which is B.S., cause the 360 has a pretty big library of back compat, and even supported it when people were still buying the first xbox)

    The ps3 browser is a joke. I had to reformat my ps3 after using the browser, cause my ps3 got a virus. (and no i didn’t get on any porn sites with it, just myspace, and youtube). the browser is also hard to work with.

    Sony keeps losing their exclusives like the Final Fantasy franchise. Even the game companies themselves realize that they would be losing money if they just stick with Sony like they did in the past cause the ps3 dont have the same stroke that the ps2 had.

    Sony has this mindset like Hitler, where you will take what ever crap they throw out and you will like it or you wont have anything at all. They refuse to listen to their fans. want an example? How long have people been wanting a better online experience with the ps3? How long have people been wanting a second thumb stick on the psp? How long have people wanted an honest attempt at backwards compatibility? and how well has sony ignored their fans pleas for all of this? I rest my case..

  • Bobby Gonzalez (nerdygonzo)

    Everyone knows that Hitler’s biggest flaw was he did not listen to his fans. That was definitely his biggest flaw. I can not even think of one other thing that anyone could ever think was bad about him. That has to be what the history books remember about him. “Hitler: he did not take constructive criticism to heart.”

    Since Sony hasn’t put another analog nub on the PSP (which I agree they should do) it absolutely means that Hitler is the obvious comparison to make. I mean no second analog nub has committed genocide on my interest to buy a PSP so they are pretty close.

  • In my opinion, you’re paying $50 a year for something that just looks a little different. When it comes down to just playing games online, you can get the same experience on both consoles, except on PSN you don’t have to pay for it.

    Microsoft should get rid of their monthly fee for people who simply want to play their games online and don’t want to use Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, and all that other stuff on their VIDEO GAME CONSOLE. That’s what computers are for. Microsoft, make it free for people who want to play games online on their game console, and charge people who want to use all that other crap a monthly fee. The only reason they get away with charging a monthly fee now is because they know people will pay for it.

    As far as servers and graphics being better on one console or the other, there’s not a huge difference on each side, and both sides have different games which perform better on certain consoles compared to the other. As someone mentioned above, the difference is whether the publisher made the game with the 360 in mind and then ported over, or vice versa.

    My suggestion – get a PS3 for all of their awesome exclusives (which look WAY better than any 360 exclusives), and then get any 360 exclusives that you want for the PC (which most, if not all, of them are released for as well), where you can play them online for free.(Plus you can use facebook, twitter, and netflix if you so desire). See there? Problem solved.

    P.S. MAG rules

  • Oh yeah, I meant to address this as well: @TheGreatRobu

    “I also forgot to add that sony dont have trophy support for all of its games even though the 360 does.”
    -Uh yes they do, and trophies are in my opinion FAR superior than gamerpoints (but props to Microsoft for coming up with the initial idea)

    “Sony half assed the back compat when they had it, and then they decided to get rid of it under the disguise that they dont need it since the ps2 is still selling”
    -Actually they’re right, the PS2 is still selling like crazy, I work at Gamestop so I know. Also there’s strong evidence that they’re trying to bring a software solution to PS2 backward compatibility on the PS3, so that won’t be an issue for long.

    “Sony keeps losing their exclusives like the Final Fantasy franchise. Even the game companies themselves realize that they would be losing money if they just stick with Sony like they did in the past cause the ps3 dont have the same stroke that the ps2 had.”
    -Of course game companies realize they’re losing potential money if they only sell their game on one console. The reason that Sony is losing so many exclusives and Microsoft isn’t, is because Sony had way more of them to lose from the PS2. It’s way smarter for a company to sell their game for multiple consoles because then more people can buy their game.

    “Sony has this mindset like Hitler, where you will take what ever crap they throw out and you will like it or you wont have anything at all.”
    -Dumb

    “They refuse to listen to their fans. want an example? How long have people been wanting a better online experience with the ps3? How long have people been wanting a second thumb stick on the psp? How long have people wanted an honest attempt at backwards compatibility? and how well has sony ignored their fans pleas for all of this? I rest my case..”
    -I don’t know how recently you’ve checked PSN, but it is WAY better than it used to be and it’s a good online experience now. A second joystick on the PSP while still in its 10 year cycle would be dumb. People who bought the original PSP would not be able to play new games that require a second joystick. Wait for the PSP2 if you want a second joystick, it’ll be there. I already answered the backwards compatibility issue above so from my experience Sony listens to it’s fanbase quite a bit. I’m glad you rest your case because it was a severely uneducated one.