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PS3 and Xfire… the full story | PS3Blog.net

A couple of months ago I (and half the internet to be fair) jumped the gun with PS3 and Xfire proclaiming this to be how the PS3 would face up to Microsft’s Xbox Live. In the end it turned out Xfire is only going to be incorporated into one game- Untold Legends. 😳

Well now Sony and Xfire have gone public on exactly what the deal between them meant and given out some interesting details on how Xfire integrates into PS3 online.

Xfire’s own mock-up PS3 interface

There are actually two deals that have been signed- one, with Sony Computer Entertainment, has made Xfire into a licenced piece of PS3 middleware that lets Xfire build a plug-in for any PS3 game. The second is a Xfire’s first deal with a publisher, in this case it is Sony Online Entertainment for Untold Legends, with many more to come.

The PlayStation Network Platform is not getting replaced by Xfire though- it is designed to compliment it and to reach out to PC gamers using Xfire. The system is a choice for publishers and some have jumped at the chance to promote their stuff to the PC market, but it is not compulsory. Xfire will show PC users when another Xfire user is playing, say, Untold Legends on their PS3, which, it is hoped, will drive sales of the title. More interestingly though- linking to the Xfire network also enables chat to other Xfire users.

In the case of Untold Legends Xfire is built-in- the first time you load up your game you are asked to enter your Xfire tag and from then one, everytime you load the game your Xfire buddies with PCs can see you playing it. From that point on you can also send and receive messages to and from other Xfirers.

Well it is interesting, (on the back of this I’ve registered my gamertag on Xfire and downloaded the software in anticpation of more PS3 games using the system), but there’s still a great deal of “wait and see” regarding Sony’s own online integration. This, if anything, makes things seem even more confusing in that respect! There’s clearly a definitive plan going but there is also a lot to be explained in the next 30 days!

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  • ehandlr

    This is a good thing. Being able to communicate with PC players indicates there may be some cross platform gaming in the future.

  • So much for an seamless on-line experience. Hopefully it remains free ’cause I’d be peeved if I had to use X number of sign-ons to play on-line and pay for X’s on-line and Y’s on-line.

    Sheeesh!

  • ehandlr

    it incorporates only one log on. Its in addition to the PS3 online experience. This is a good thing.

  • I don’t really care if other Xfire users see me online. I don’t know anybody that uses Xfire. Even if my friends did use it, I still wouldn’t care.

  • ehandlr

    I like the fact that through Xfire you can issue challenges. So if your buddy is online..you can issue a challenge kinda like someone playing a 2 player game and your buddy pushes start on the second controller during a fighting game. This will be great for alot of FPS games. Its an added bonus if not anything else.

  • But you can do that with the Sony Gaming Network (or whatever its called). You don’t need Xfire for that.

  • Wasnt there also something about the PS Network and Gamespy? IIRC I read something about a “slip” a dev had during an interview at qj.net…

    If it uses Gamespy, it would have a BIG leverage against MS. I mean, Gamespy is pretty big AFAIK.

    But then again, I couldnt care less… I wont use it very much…

  • why every time the playstation online network is mention, someone has to mention the xbox live system. Oh… that’s right.. because it’s the Standard. (:

    I’m just teasing!

  • Why is it that every time a new BMW is released, people compare it to the Lexus, Mercedes, Audi, and Acura offerings? Because nothing exists in a vacuum and it’s natural to compare a product to its nearest competitor.

  • Good words Henning.

    It is human freakin nature to compare similar things…

    With what else should one compare it to then?

    Ahh yes, the 360 does NOT have an internet browser… Sorry, cant compare here…

    But thats not my point, the point is, like I said, to compare is to live. If I wouldnt compare stuff, my next girlfriend could be a boy, if I didnt check…

    And then again, Live isnt the end of all things. It has many flaws (it costs money, it is a closed system, which I for one dont like, no user made content AT ALL, horse armour…) but then again, some pros (dont know exactly, never used an Xbox ever before).

    If Sony does it right, then it incorporates the goods and drops all the bads (which have already been confirmed, that its free and a much more open system). I think, one bomb at the release party thingy next week will be the online modes and again I think, Sony will show MS where its place is.

    And if Sonys system isnt up to date, they can update it just like the PSP (I mean, flash, internet browser, AVC codecs, which the 360 still cant do right, AFAIK, location free player). Sony has very good software developers at hand (ok, so does MS, but sometimes I think, concerning Windows, they are just drugged up pascal programmers) and I think, it will take some time (for both) to get it REALLY right…

  • Well, Sony knows what it needs in order to outdo Live. And I think in two ways they are already providing a rather nice alternative. One being that it is an open system, and the webbrowser. With the PS3 being able to utilize a normal keyboard, these features give sony a playground by which to add any feature their hearts desire. If they are every bit as diligent in increasing functionality as they are with the PSP, the feature set will grow at a much faster rate than we see with the 360 dashboard, or live for that matter. I am sure sony knows what is expected of them, and the event coming up will possibly shed some light on their plans.