This is a big one.
After several days of outage, Sony has finally announced that the online system for the console – the PlayStation Network – is going down for a long time. The outage was caused by ‘external intrusion’, i.e. hackers, but Sony isn’t sure about data was compromised in the process. They’re looking into it, but till then, it’s back to single player missions and/or bots on your next deathmatch in your favorite FPS.
Do I miss it? Nope. My PSN experience has always been sub-par – limited online options and content, lack of a public profile and no achievements (later called Trophies) support. Some of these were added over time, but just a few weeks with Xbox Live opens you up to a whole new world of online capabilities which the PlayStation Network – even though free – will never be able to match. And after Kinect, The Xbox 360 had a clear edge, which hasn’t even been touched by the antique PlayStation Move controllers.
I switched sides to the Xbox a couple years ago and I’ve never been let down by anything there – not the games, not the console itself, obviously not Kinect and naturally not Xbox Live. My PS3 has been reduced to a simple media player (playing content from my computers over DLNA) and a Blu-ray player (of course). Sure, I get my fix of God of War and Uncharted every now and then, but for everything else, there’s the Xbox 360.
Okay, so none of this has anything to do with the reason of the PSN outage, but I’m just stating my preference here.
A lot of people keep asking me if they should get a PS3 or an Xbox 360. Without flinching, I tell them to get the Xbox 360, an Xbox Live Gold subscription and Kinect for Xbox 360 for what’s probably the best gaming experience a console can deliver at the moment. Don’t think so? Go on and let me know why not in the comments box below!