Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sony With Xbox Live

Sony No Longer Playing “Catch Up” With Xbox Live

Sony Computer Entertainment America’s director of PlayStation Network Operations, Eric Lempel, believes the PSN is now on a par with Microsoft’s rival online service, Xbox Live.

“I don't think there's a lot of catch up [with XBL] anymore. In some cases, I think we've got more, and we've got some other things they don't have,” he told Industry Gamers.

“In terms of strengths, of course we're still free, and we're giving you a lot for free. It's not just free online gaming, but we've got PlayStation Home, which is a massive community and application that's totally free to use.

“I think there's a lot we're doing that in some cases they're not doing, and I don't see a lot of things they're doing that we're not.”

Over the past couple of years Sony has certainly improved PSN, largely by responding to consumer demand and replicating a number of Xbox Live’s most successful features, including cross-game invites, the ability to access the cross-media bar (XMB) in-game, and an achievements system.

Lempel went on to say that Sony currently has no plans to introduce a PS3 games on demand service similar to Microsoft’s, or to make HD streaming of video content available to PS3 owners.

The company is presently working on plans to expand the PSN to a greater number of its consumer devices.


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