Go ahead and admit it. You love these versus articles of mine don’t you? You love how I shed light on all the pointless little arguments that tend to pop up in these so-called “fanboy wars” don’t you? Well I’m really glad to hear that because I enjoy it when you enjoy something. Let’s get down to business shall we?
I’ve always tried telling people that at some point Sony would introduce a subscription model to their PlayStation Network. I knew that they couldn’t leave all of that potential money on the table especially when their arch rival was laughing all the way to the bank with its own subscription model. At E3 this year the battle of subscriptions officially began which brings me to today’s fun read…Xbox Live vs. PlayStation Plus.
Which of these subscription plans presents more bang for your buck? I’ll give you my opinion and I suppose at the end you’ll be giving me yours. I have a PlayStation 3 console so I can at least give a hand’s on opinion of both networks. So pay attention because I speaks the gospel son!
Xbox Live Gold vs. PlayStation Plus
Price – This is one of the easiest comparisons because they’re both $49.99 for a one year subscription. Xbox Live will include an additional family subscription this year that offers 4 GOLD subscriptions for the price of 2 in their Xbox Live Family Gold plan. PS+ currently has no such plan but I’m only comparing the subscriptions at base anyway so let’s move on.
I’d say here we have a stalemate.
Exclusive content – Xbox Live offers up its Gold members early (and sometimes exlcusive demos). PS+ offers the same thing.
Discounts - Gold members of Xbox Live get the discounts on Xbox LIVE Arcade titles and such. PS+ offers up the same types of discounts to its members.
Applications – This is where it starts to get interesting. Xbox Live offers its Gold members access to Netflix, Facebook, Last.fm, Twitter, ESPN3 and soon Hulu Plus. PlayStation Network users get to use a couple of these things for free already (Netflix and Facebook).
PS+ currently only offers Hulu Plus during its preview but plans are that it will be available for free to all PS3 owners without subscribing to PS+ so I guess you can say that the only thing it “technically” doesn’t provide is Last.fm, ESPN3 and Twitter. Considering the PlayStation 3 has internet access, one could argue you can at least get to Twitter.
I guess the subscription preference here would depend on how much you value each of these services. I would say that Netflix is the one I use more and to be honest it’s integrated much better on Xbox Live.
Xbox Live member perks
- price $49.99
- exclusive demos (Gold members usually get demos early)
- Community integration
- Hulu Plus
- Online multiplayer
PlayStation Plus member perks
- price $49.99
- free monthly games (you must be a paying member to keep; if you end your subscription the games go away)
- discounted games
- free trials of top games
- free subscription to Qore
- automatic downloads
Well what does this all mean? It means I don’t know what to say. I prefer Xbox Live because all of my gaming friends are on Xbox Live. I own a PS3 as well and there just aren’t many of my friends with one so I tend to play on it significantly less.
What say you?