For only $49.99 you can join throngs of zombies on Xbox Live or you could get a get a return on your investment with PlayStation Plus. I know what you’re thinking. Oh brother…another PS3 fanboy post. Granted, I prefer the PS3 over my 360 but I also prefer common sense over irrationality.
Millions of users love Xbox Live and with good reason; however, love alone does not excuse paying for over 80% of features available elsewhere for FREE. With the exception of Xbox Live Primetime, Cross Game Chat, True Skill, and Live Anywhere, Xbox Live features are ridiculously unnecessary.
While the party system is convenient, it is hard to justify paying $49.99 to play unranked games with my friends which in most cases negates the True Skill feature. Custom soundtracks and a handful of other features can easily be put into games by developers. Netflix, Hulu, ESPN, Last.fm, Twitter, and Facebook are all available free elsewhere and do nothing to add to gaming. While on the PSN, Facebook is integrated with the Trophy system and the PlayStation Store….once gain…for FREE.
So what are Xbox Live patrons really paying for? In truth…a reason to keep using the Xbox 360.
While gamers pay for the right to play online with Microsoft, Sony has released a program which does not force you to pay for basic online gaming. Instead they give users special beta invites, automatic patch downloading, free games, and free downloadable content–all of this is specifically used to entice and reward you to play on the PS3.
Sony does not spend a whole lot of time integrating things into the XMB unless it adds to your gaming or their store. That is exactly why Netflix requires a disc and why Hulu+ won’t be a “custom experience.” Because of Sony’s approach, the XMB is clean, efficient, and prominently focused on gaming. When coupled with PlayStation.Blog Share, it is easy to see just how much the PSN and PlayStation Plus can grow.
So when gamers say Xbox Live is better than PlayStation Plus or that PlayStation Plus is not worth it, ask them why the hell they bought a gaming console in the first place? To play music, watch ESPN, and talk on Twitter? Or perhaps they bought it to play games.
Which do you think is more valuable to a gamer…Xbox Live or PSN with PlayStation Plus? Do you subscribe to one or both? Why?