PS3 Home is '2005 tech', says Xbox exec
Live vs Home. Fight, fight, fight...
Sony's Home hasn’t even been out for 24 hours yet, but the PlayStation 3 online community has already attracted criticism from arch-rival Microsoft.
Aaron Greenberg, Group Product Manager for Xbox 360, told website Kotaku that he isn’t sure if Home is what people want, because it “feels like 2005 tech in 2008” and “Second Life for hardcore gamers”. Ouch.
Live – Microsoft’s own attempt at an online community, which was recently refreshed by the New Xbox Experience - is a much more “upscale experience” than Home, Greenberg claimed.
Home is free to download, although some sections will incur an access fee. Greenberg said gamers will be willing to fork out for Live, which costs roughly £35 ($52/€39) for 12 months of Gold-level membership, because it's better.
"I think we have seen people are willing to pay for the premium experience," Greenberg said. "When they compare Live, even to Home, there is still a huge gap.”
Home is available to download through the PS3 now. Live access can be bought online and from High Street stores.
Where's my beard????
1. I have all the consoles and have almost finished added the necessary peripherals to bring the XBox up to spec. The new firmware makes it quieter than a hovercraft if I install the HDD.
2. Home doesn't allow me to change the shape of my eyebrows or to equip my avatar with a beard of any sort. Without these attributes I am more or less an egg. (With them I am an egg with pointy eyebrows and a goatee)
I have a peculiar desire to NOT be one of those fatties you see on the news with hunkalicious avatars and want mine to look like me. After the "No Gingers for the Mii" debacle which forced my beautiful redheaded children into going blond, this is an OUTRAGE.
Ho Ho Ho.
To the 360 fanboys
First of all, have any of you played HOME? It's the coolest thing ever, I mean the
graphics are amazing! Take a look at! Just the other day, I called a friend, just like
on a phone, on HOME! If that's 2005 tech, then 360 is 1990.
DVD and cost
Can the PS3 fanboys please stop banging on about DVDs?? In case you'd failed to notice its a GAMES console so yes, the 360 has lots of GAMES, something the PS3 doesn't have. And before I'm accused of being a 360 fanboy I have both consoles but I still think the PS3 sucks for games which at the end of the day is its primary function. The BR drive is nice but it adds little or no value to any games that I've seen so far so isn't really a big deal. XBox live since day one has made it extremely nice and simple to play GAMES online whereas from what I've seen of the PS3 online experience so far its horrible and clunky.
As to cost, well considering you can buy a 360 for about half the price of a PS3 it takes quite a few years of paying for Live before you get anywhere near the price of PS3 so banging on about price is a bit rich. Most games seem to cost more a bit more on average as well.
360 is a better GAMES console due to better range of games and better online gaming experience, plain and simple.
Until the PS3 has a few more games worth playing it'll remain a very nice media centre which just happens to play a few games and the 360 will remain the dominant games console.
Home is great! I've managed to bag 3 teenage boys already!
Here is my first impressions:
Managed to get on an arcade machine at 3am in the morning! But it wasn't very good.
I bought myself an inflation busting house.
Set myself up with an Asda Wharfdale telly in my front room.
Went to sleep alone. Just like in real life.
Bugger, MS were right. It is like 2005, except I had a girlfriend in Second Life.
"I think the £130 price difference between the two is a bigger factor than how pretty the front-end is."
When will consumers realize, you buy cheap, you get crap. It really is as simple as that. Don't buy a 37in Wharfdale from Asda, because it's guaranteed to be rubbish, you are better spending a few quid more and getting something decent.
Same thing goes for console. Don't buy a 360, cheap unreliable crap too.
PS. It's not £130, it's more like £100 difference between PS3 and 360. And the cheapo model is pretty much useless, it's so gimped it's unreal. If you want to compare like for like, it's about $40 difference between a proper 360 and a PS3.
The Argos deal is about the best deal in the country right now. 3 current great games and a 80GB PS3 for £287.