• GOD - November 14, 2013 10:44 p.m.

    A lot of people completely misread the article. It wasn't about taking Sony down a notch or saying Sony ruined their online. It's saying that because Sony now has such a strong online offering with PS+ they have forced Microsoft's hand into actually improving their service to compete. Pointing out that without Xbox Live, 360 owners were stuck in single player, was not being mentioned as a positive. It's saying that it made it more of a necessity. When saying that by locking mutliplayer behind a pay wall it makes the system worse, he's saying that the overall offering of the standalone console is less because you're not getting free online multiplayer for all games. At the same time though, if you are getting PS+ (which you should already have) then it's actually a superior offering than what you can get with Xbox One and Gold, and that's why it's forced Microsoft's hand. So for those who need to study up on their reading comprehension, the article says that because PS+ is not only so strong, but also either comparable or superior in every way, it's forcing Microsoft to play catch up. So cool your jets. ....So Coop, can I have some of that cash that you were payed off with from MS/Sony/UndergroundConspiracyGroupX/Shiggy or whoever it was?
  • AsheDarkthorne - November 15, 2013 6:20 a.m.

    Not once does he put Sony's PS+ as a superior service but of equal to that of Xbox Live. Though until that is proven it is an assumption based on how now they and Live are pay to play online services. The fanboy in you tries to show support for Sony when the author is showing that at this point in time they are equal in that people need to pay to use their services. At the same time the author is commending Xbox for continuing the games for gold program which is a much better idea for Microsoft.
  • Shigeruken - November 15, 2013 7:07 a.m.

    "Microsoft made Xbox Live a worse experience as it dominated the online space unopposed for a generation"
  • ParagonT - November 15, 2013 8:22 a.m.

    He wasn't talking about the Xbox 360 Gold service, he's talking about what they're going to be implementing. So that quote doesn't really address what he was talking about.
  • ParagonT - November 15, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    This I agree with. I guess the article somewhat inferred that the new "free games" improvement Xbox Gold is GOING to be providing is already on he same level, which isn't even implemented yet. Noted in the comment: " Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus became basically the same thing" Which I disagree with. Its not even implemented yet, and so far the early signs shown in the type of games being provided points at a lackluster service at best.
  • Eightboll812 - November 15, 2013 9:43 a.m.

    Soooo, what would make it a "superior" service in non-subjective terms, and without referring to PSN being hacked a few years ago (especially since MS has had their own security breach)? Is it something related to service availability (uptime)? Is it something related to ads-per-hour shown? Is it related to number of friends in the friends list? Is it online backup of save games? Fees collected? Or is it the idiotic marketing folks talking about the mythical cloud computing of XBL that gets you stoked? Maybe MS helped cure more diseases through the folding@home project than Sony? (oh wait....) I'm just wondering what objective measures are being used these days by fanboys to puff up their fanboyism for their favorite platform. All I ever see are claims akin to Stone Cold Steve Austin, i.e. "Cuz Stone Cold said so...and that's the bottom line!!"
  • udUbdaWgz - November 15, 2013 10:11 a.m.

    yes, competition benefits gamers and consumers. the quicker idiots realize this fact the better. anti-msoft is like jim carrey in liar, liar: worthless ineffective idiocy.
  • mothbanquet - November 16, 2013 2:11 a.m.

    People do so love to engage their mouths before their brains. And here I thought the article couldn't have been clearer.
  • freeden - November 14, 2013 9:06 p.m.

    I wouldn't say requiring pay for PS+ makes it a worse system. Either one you get, you're paying. It's really just a matter of what system you prefer. Either way, you get free stuff and additional goodies. I do wish Sony would have kept online free, of course, but both companies are competing with one another. Sony likely sees paying for PS+ as a way to do what MS does, and use the money to improve quality/maintain better quality, while also finding it a way to get money out of customers, as evidenced by the success of MS Gold. I will likely get PS+ with my PS4 just so I can jump on board the additional goodies and have access to MP. $50 for a year isn't so bad.
  • Shigeruken - November 14, 2013 8:17 p.m.

    Microsoft desperately tried to cling to their cloud, relying on the ignorance of the average gamer to give xbox live value when compared to PS+ I'm glad they're exploring ways to get people interested in their console and service, but after seeing the awful games featured in the games with gold promotion I can't imagine there will be anything too interesting offered. I think there were only two games I didn't already own, and both were cheap arcade ones.
  • udUbdaWgz - November 15, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    i'm a guy who detests multiplayer. i won't pay for gold ever. yet, if i was a multiplayer enthusiast i'd be laughing 24/7: gold is a coup. however, that doesn't make it right. therefore, i'd still be recognizing the bargain that is gold. in the same light, i laugh at idiots who think online, mutliplayer cloud, whatever, isn't going to happen. i DESPISE digital-ONLY. i'll kick your ass in a debate all day, every day, yet, i still recognize the online component. don't hijack your argument and intellect through stupidity.
  • TheTrooper424 - November 14, 2013 8 p.m.

    This article was just a pathetic attempt to take Sony down a notch and all it did was show us how much of a bad journalist he is...
  • Shigeruken - November 14, 2013 11:16 p.m.

  • JachAnen - November 14, 2013 11:28 p.m.

    After reading the article, it was taking Xbox down a notch while also being objective. Either you didn't read it or you forgot everything it says.
  • Modroneman - November 14, 2013 7:51 p.m.

    Man! Why are Sony fanboys so angry? Calm down and breathe. You're only making yourselves look like uneducated tools.
  • ParagonT - November 15, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    Hows it feel to be the only chip in the cookie?
  • ianzm - November 14, 2013 7:45 p.m.

    This does not change anything. You still HAVE TO PAY to access Netflix- something you ALREADY PAY FOR monthly! I don't understand this logic. Lets make people pay double just to watch netflix, which they can watch free on their Playstation which is 100$ cheaper and you have to pay less monthly to access it. Make sense. That's the deal breaker for me, the fact you pay monthly to access something that comes almost standard on all modern TVs, Rokus, Tablets, and Phones. It's stupid and quite honestly not worth any extra payment.
  • ParagonT - November 14, 2013 7:03 p.m.

    I think theres a major difference in giving away free 6-8 year old games and games that no one plays (Keflings), compared to giving away free 2 month - 1 year old best seller games. Not to say the deals won't get better, but lets not sit here and stroke Xboxs Bone because they say their going to give away free games, because that could mean nearly anything. So far, those free games they are supplying (Halo 3, AC2, and Keflings) are not something I consider remotely in the ballpark as the value you receive with PS Plus. Time will tell, but the early signs certainly do not point to a comparative service.
  • DarkenedRurouni - November 14, 2013 6:52 p.m.

    Even with online multiplayer behind a paywall on the PS4, Sony still has a better product than Microsoft. Not just because of the quality of games offered for free each month, but because Microsoft, in all their infinite wisdom, still has all the entertainment apps locked behind the paywall as well. On a system they keep touting as a home entertainment hub. I'm a rare gamer who doesn't really care about online experiences. Kinda sucks these days, but I'll shoot for a PS4 long before an XBone because I know I don't have to be a PS+ member just to get access to Netflix, Hulu+, or other video streaming apps I pay for otherwise.
  • Author - November 14, 2013 6:50 p.m.

    I wonder if Games for Gold on Xbox One will still be actual free games, like on 360, or ones that you only have if you continue with Gold. If it's the former, Sony is going to have to make their games actually free and not rentals.
  • jaredp886 - November 14, 2013 6:14 p.m.

    Great article Cooper, keep up the good work!
  • abdulhamian - November 14, 2013 6:01 p.m.

    man there are so many things wrong with this article. where do I begin..... firstly all the good things you said about Xbox are actually negatives and all the negatives of PS are positives. how is gold better when all you are left with is playing singleplayer and yet PS+ doesn't restrict any usage, it only adds benefits. the bribery for this article is too damn high, and the logic too damn stupid!

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