Being a cheap bastard, I have always appreciated the FREE PlayStation Network Sony provides for gamers on the PS3. Surely, I have a few complaints and annoyances, but at the end of the day the PSN was worth every imaginary penny. Kind of funny to say it, but heck, just like the good ‘ol saying “you get what you pay for”.
I never paid attention or at the very least let the fanboyism arguments allow it to make my decisions on jumping on either side of the networks, but I will admit that going through multiple Xbox 360 red rings forcefully pushed me to the PSN more often than Xbox LIVE. I for one didn’t initially agree on the $50 Xbox LIVE Fee and seriously thought that Sony was doing something right by offering their online service, for free, despite the number of lacking features.
Today as I read about the PSN outage issues, I sit back and think of my experiences with both Xbox LIVE and the PSN and have come to realize a few things. First, the PSN is still FREE for those who never jumped on the PSN+ subscription, which is the larger number of PSN users, yes it sucks that we can’t game online, but you do get what you pay for and for those who paid for PSN+ I’m sure you will get some discount or free month added to your wallet. Nothing is perfect and shit like this will happen.
Second – Wouldn’t this be a a perfect world if there was only one online gaming network, ok – obviously not perfect, but Microsoft and Sony joining forces would be the ultimate online gaming experience. As far as outages go, well with 2 companies working together, I’m sure the the network’s up time would be amazing.
Third – PC Gaming will never die! (That’s it and the truth)
At the end of the day, I am blessed and grateful for being able to afford multiple consoles and having the ability to upgrade my PC. Being a gamer shouldn’t be about a certain side, it’s about the experience you go through and the satisfaction you get out of it. So, while the PSN is currently down, maybe it’s time to join Xbox LIVE or Maybe it’s time to build a new PC, which ever the case, many gaming experiences are out there, you just have to reach out and grab ’em.
It feels good to love ’em all!