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PS3 Online – Free Player vs Player |

Details are emerging from the online fog. Not only did Mr. Ken give some online details on Wednesday, further details came later. Like this:

the PlayStation Network Platform will allow players to compete online even in its free iteration, unlike Xbox Live. Sony will enforce integrated online capabilities between games, but publishers will be free to run their own servers.

It is interesting to note that the free version of Sony’s online service for the PS3 will include the ability to play against other players. This is something that Microsoft’s free version of Xbox Live lacks. And personally it’s something I really appreciate. I’m not into paying monthly fees, and I’m not a big online player. But if it’s free, I’ll certainly give it a try.

On the gameplay and communication side, according to the company, the system will include lobbies and matchmaking, ranked scores, content uploads and downloads, unique avatars, friends lists, voice and video chat, and instant messaging

This sounds like a nice full list. But I don’t see downloadable movie trailers or game demos there. Oh wait! Here maybe:

there will be in-game shops, premium content downloads, and some vaguer capabilities such as subscriptions, item-by-item sales, micropayments, and “entitlement management”. It is unclear as of yet whether Xbox Live Arcade-style casual titles or even legacy titles will be a major part of Sony’s tactics, although the PlayStation Network Platform is believed to allow downloads of game executables which will then be playable.

Hmmmm. Rather vague. Maybe, maybe not.

Gamasutra – PlayStation 3 Network Platform Details Revealed

Here are some more details from Gamespot:

The full list of planned services for the PlayStation Network Platform is as follows:

Account created through user registration
Game data upload/download
Presence/Friend List/Avatar
Voice/Video Chat

Shops (can be accessed from inside games)
Content Download
Game boot from HDD
Selling item by item
Entitlement Management

User Registration
Login ID/Handlename issue

SCE will be providing system developer kits to publishers that plan on developing games that use the PlayStation Network Platform. The kits will be distributed at the end of this month.

SDK Delivery Schedule
March: Dev. server/client SDK 1st release
April: Dev. server/client SDK 2nd release
June: Full functions completed on dev. server
July: Full function test starts for licensees
September: Production environment available

Gamespot – PlayStation Network Platform detailed

  • Hey i love how they’ve cloned Xbox Live.

  • Just like one car is the clone of any other – they all have four wheels, an engine, doors, etc.

    The basics of any online service are pretty obvious. It’s all in the execution.

    That said, Microsoft has executed their Xbox Live service very well. If Sony can come close to that, their service will do very well. Free player versus player helps a lot.

  • Black Guy

    I have to give Sony their props for making this free; but I got to wonder what this will cost them. It costs a lot of chedder to run services like these and u best believe Sony will b recovering those costs from somewhere.

    But this thing sounds exactly like Xbox Live, feature for feature, there is nothing innovative about this. One feature that Sony was selling was the service’s ability to allow other developers to host their own networks “unlike Xbox Live” which is closed.

    Well Xbox Live does permit publishers to host their own services. Square Enix and EA are hosting their own sessions whenever u play their games on Live.

  • Who cares if it’s not innovative? Really!?

    Sony is giving people what they want. They’re giving gamers an online system to use and enjoy. Who cares if it doesn’t have some newgangled gidja-woohiky that nobody else has?

    It’s funny that people are accusing Sony of stealing ideas from Microsoft. Because Microsoft is the absolute king of stealing ideas from others. KING!

    Pot. Kettle. Black.

  • Guy who preordered too!

    Black -Guy you again and again leave out the pluses. Yes, they have matched feature on feature and then some (video chat, game item auction, in-game stores etc.), but most importantly even though this is all basic (notice again the whole the feature on feature part) they offer it all free! Thats their whole online strategy! (excluding updates ETC.) and this is partially why its touted as the “live-killer”.

    Anyways find more deets here:

  • Yahoo once offer Free POP3 email. Hotmail too was once free POP email.

    There are lot of company that offers Free products for STARTER. Once PS3 network game is establish… Sony will milk us.

  • Maybe.

    On the other hand, most games on the PS2 that offer online do so free of charge.

  • CJmac360

    AS a well seasoned ps2 player I find that Sony offering free online gaming brings me back to the early days of any ps2 release with us the poor ps2 players becoming free beta testers for any online game that was released, with this in mind I was paying up to £35 a month for a 10mb service that was in all honesty a waste of time it give me no stability and in the end had to rent servers to provide good gaming platforms for our community
    Im now with xbox360 and have yet to experience the long nights of searching and then staying in a developers room that I had with Sony. I am now paying less than £18 a month including xboxlive so you do the math Free isnt free its just another way of them getting free beta testers at your expense

  • testify

    well considering the ps3 is $600.00 and the xbox360 is $400,00. the free online is like signing up for four years of live. so is it a bargain?

  • Or you can say the PS3 is $500, which is a more accurate way to compare consoles. (The low-end PS3 is comparable to the high-end 360 in functionality.) So then the comparison is two years of Live. Which is an easy decision because you’ll be using your PS3 for more than 2 years.

  • I love the power of the Ps3 but one must consider the following. 80 % of all publishers pefer the engine of the xbox because it’s compatible to their windows based development programs. Then they are transposed to the ps3 format. As far as online play goes, the xbox live has always been more reliable than the free ps versions of games. If you want a pure power machine with endless capability i would buy the ps3. The ps3 in my opinion is and has always been better for non online games. When it comes to online play the programers always lean torwards the 360. Expect no price drops in the next 6 months for both consoles.

  • TDC

    Guess you were wrong Roger2k, PS3 price has dropped