Sony on Crack : Xbox Live
Do Sony executives really believe this stuff, or do they have to say this because it’s their corporate duty? (Much like Ferrari’s insistence after each of the last three races that McLaren’s perfmance in each was a fluke.) What am I talking about? I’m talking about this:
[Eric Lempel, director of PlayStation Network operations] said that there was little to differentiate Xbox Live and PSN offerings to consumers bar the price
And this quote:
“Microsoft had a year jump on us for the launch and essentially we’re offering a lot of the same stuff. I don’t think there’s a big difference in exactly what we’re offering when it comes down to the nuts and bolts of what’s actually there for the consumer… We’re not charging money for our service. That’s a key differentiating factor.”
While I agree that the key differentiating factor may be the cost of each service, I can’t really agree on the rest.
I think that PSN really needs some better chat support, XMB in-game access, and globally-used friends lists before it starts to stack up to Xbox Live. (Many of the other defencies are because of the lack of developer support, not because the PS3 is incapable.) However, I’ll take what I have because it’s free! Both Gary and I were very skeptical of online until we tried it and liked it. Every online game we buy, we can try out online for free. Some games won’t require online while some will. I’ll go through dry spells where I don’t play much for a while, then I go through spells where I play a lot. All of this makes the fact that PSN is free so much more attractive to me. For some people who use their console differently than I do, Xbox Live could very well be the solution that suites them best. But for me, the free factor trounces the lack of features. Of course, I’m not saying I don’t want those features – not at all. It’s just that I can live without them for now because the service is free.