How is PSN going to beat Xbox Live?

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In an interview with MTV’s Stephen Totilo, Sony was asked how they plan to beat Xbox Live and what is it that PSN has to offer that the competition doesn’t have.

Listening to the interview has hammered the realisation back into my head that one of the most powerful aspects of PSN is that it is an open network that allows users to upload and not only download. This is highlighted in the article by talking about Little Big Planet and the experience that it will offer to gamers and their creativity.

Xbox Live and PSN share many similarities, but allowing gamers to create and share is definitely the most powerful card that Sony can play in terms of features and, oh yes, the fact that it is completely free.

Source: MTV Multiplayer Blog

Last Updated: July 25, 2008

Nick De Bruyne

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  • Nope… Xbox live is much better…
    I love Sony… but live is just so much easier and better.

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  • ewie

    have to agree with the ease of use only 10 – 20% of users are technical inclined. The rest just want to play

  • Fudzy

    I don’t think its about being technical, its about versatility. Something that MS always sucks hind teet on.

  • SlippyMadFrog

    Versatility can be a pro and a con. Just look at the mess that is MGO.

  • Lupus

    Yeah cause you have a game console that goes on the internet, allows you to watch Blu-ray, keeps your room nice and toasty, I think Sony is aiming for a little too much versatility and not actually going for what the PS3 really is, a gaming console.

  • PO7H3AD

    The only thing PSN does better than live is the free membership, although sony do kinda make that up in the retail price of their consoles

  • I think it’s great that Sony are doing something to compete head on with Xbox Live however I think the reason that MS don’t allow certain upload content is due to copyright laws that govern the world, we’ve already seen Sony become victim to more than court-case, and if they’re not careful the PSN “could” essentially become a pirate network (I may be talking out of turn but it’s not like that haven’t given their users the ability to do so)

  • Abe

    The free part is still the single biggest factor for me, i couldnt be arsed to have to figure out all the live stuff

  • ocelot

    PSN Games are better than Live Arcade games especially recently. Quality over quantity.

  • darthdad

    What is your character name on MGO Slippy?

  • JimBob

    Xbox Live’s big advantage is consistency – the development tools that make it easy for even a small developer creating an arcade game to easily add full network features to a game that act exactly like a big retail game.

    A lot of smaller games on the PS3 either lack online features or lack basic functionality like voice chat because it hasn’t been as easy for developers to simply add it in without writing it from scratch. Sony does seem to be fixing that problem though.

    But the big PS3 online games all work. Warhawk, Motorstorm and RFOM have excellent community features, and you can hop in and out of lag-free games as you like without too much fuss.

    The big thing I miss on the PS3 is cross-game invites, but apart from that, there’s not that much wrong with it when it comes to big online games – it’s not hard if you’ve been playing PC games online. Certainly, if you play Battlefield: BC on the 360, jumping into internaitonal games from the game’s browser, you won’t struggle to play Warhawk.

  • I find it a bit laughable that Sony keep making like uploads are something new and unique. Halo3 has been doing it for almost a year. Movies, maps, screenies, gamemodes, it’s all old hat already, they just chose to ignore it.

  • ewie

    just look at MGO cant download expansions with PSN need to do with konami and they dont even take all countries cc. With xbox everything is in one place

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