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Sony's basic service is expected to leapfrog Xbox Live Silver

Details are starting to come forth concerning the PlayStation 3's online service which will compete with Xbox Live. The PS3's basic free service will match up against Xbox Live Silver, but it goes far beyond just the “basics.”

The free service will allow for full community features including voice/video chat, messaging, matchmaking, ranking and service updates for games. Where Sony's basic service has a leg up on Xbox Live Silver is the ability for gamers to play multiplayer games online for free. A "Gold" membership is required for online multiplayer gaming on Xbox 360.

Sony's new online service is also expected to give publishers more control over how their game servers are run:

Sony's system will be handing off significantly more control to game publishers, who will be able to run their own game servers as they see fit. Although Sony will be creating a standard infrastructure for the service, with data centres in Asia, North America and Europe, the system will still run over the conventional Internet and publishers will be able to connect their own servers to it.

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What's Different?
By double007seven on 3/17/2006 2:13:48 PM , Rating: 2
So exactly how does sony's service differ from the xbox live silver membership that comes w/every xbox360?

RE: What's Different?
By zombiexl on 3/17/2006 2:33:33 PM , Rating: 2
With live silver you cant play multiplayer online.

RE: What's Different?
By zombiexl on 3/17/2006 2:34:46 PM , Rating: 2
except mmog's

RE: What's Different?
By Staples on 3/17/2006 4:04:50 PM , Rating: 2
But when you are paying $15 a month, does it really make a difference?

Free online play huh?
By Xenoterranos on 3/17/2006 12:30:42 PM , Rating: 2
Sony does not give anything away for free. "online Enabled" games will probably carry a premium, or they will have a seperate level of membership solely for playing MMORPG's. There's a way here for sony to make money, and it won't be through "community support".

RE: Free online play huh?
By michal1980 on 3/17/06, Rating: -1
RE: Free online play huh?
By Dmitheon on 3/17/2006 1:02:05 PM , Rating: 2
I'm 90% sure that the xbox360 doesn't act a local server when playing games online. It would be way to risky from a security perspective, and wouldn't provide a consistent user experience which has been one of Microsoft's top priorities in Xbox Live.

RE: Free online play huh?
By TheFro on 3/17/2006 1:03:32 PM , Rating: 4
From my understanding, Live runs on servers that are controlled/maintained by MS and users login as clients.

As for Sony's online service, I see a plethora ads. Nothing like a full page ad for while waiting to connect to a game or login to the service.

matching up
By sweb74 on 3/17/2006 12:29:27 PM , Rating: 2
This is a service Sony should have come up with long time ago which goes without saying... but I did.

I'm curious on how good the servers will be on free service, and is there going to be a premium service to purchase. My guess is yes where they will bundle Spiderman trilogy for us. Sony loves their webhead!

RE: matching up
By Assimilator87 on 3/17/2006 12:38:19 PM , Rating: 2
Although Sony doesn't have a formal service for Playstation 2 online, online gaming is still free. Personally, I don't care about all that extra junk. Just give me a list of servers with ping and let me do the rest.

RE: matching up
By tenguman on 3/17/2006 4:43:01 PM , Rating: 2
I hope Sony's legal team is reading up on the patents Microsoft has on it's Xbox Live! service.

By Dmitheon on 3/17/2006 1:23:24 PM , Rating: 2
Aside of the community, I fail to see how this is the Live killer other are proporting it to be. Game companies are responible for running their own server, so there's no guarantee of a unified or quaility user experience.

I'd like more details on the implied higher end service, and what they could possibly be doing to entice users to pay, if online play is "free". It would great if Sony and it's publishers could deliver on this, but I remain skeptical. I look forward to picking up a 360 as they become more available and will gladly pay for services as well put together as Live. The PS3 will follow some time after (probably when it gets its first Final Fantasy or some other killer App.).

RE: Skeptical
By Dmitheon on 3/17/2006 1:24:24 PM , Rating: 2
Scratch the "Aside of the community" part; should have previewed.

By Burning Bridges on 3/17/2006 2:37:56 PM , Rating: 2
"the system will still run over the conventional Internet"

Hacked PS3 anyone?

RE: Hax
By zombiexl on 3/17/2006 2:50:12 PM , Rating: 2
Thay are putting Linux on the HD, of course it will be hacked.

Will the controller change?
By zombiexl on 3/17/2006 2:51:31 PM , Rating: 2
I thought they were going to change that controller, did I miss something?

RE: Will the controller change?
By sircuit on 3/17/2006 5:44:32 PM , Rating: 2
Supposedly its still a concept just as much as the shell of the PS3. I know people keep saying don't knock it until you try it but I would like a change to the pad, just seems odd.

The controller....
By suryad on 3/17/2006 6:12:44 PM , Rating: 2 a multi purpose controller. You can use it to game but you can also use it as a boomerang to smack your buddy playing with you by tossing it at him and have the controller return to you without you needing to get back.

paying for service
By zombiezoo on 3/17/06, Rating: 0
RE: paying for service
By jkresh on 3/17/2006 8:25:08 PM , Rating: 2
live is $50 for the year, $15 a month is what alot of mmorpg's (on the pc) charge, not what live costs. I suspect if this matches live in terms of ease of use or even comes close microsoft will just make gold free, or add features to both gold and silver (ie silver will match what sony is doing, gold will add stuff).

dailytech is wrong again!
By double007seven on 3/17/06, Rating: 0
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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