PSN Has "All The Capabilities" Of Xbox Live
Thus far, it's still a relatively obvious fact: Xbox Live is the most fully realized online console service. However, with plenty of additions and enhancements in 2007 and tons of potential, the PlayStation Network is catching up fast. At this point, one could even argue it's preferable simply because it's free. Furthermore, some developers - like EA Army of Two assistant producer Matt Turner - are recognizing all the inherent possibilities of the PSN.
Speaking to CVG, Turner first admitted to suffering through some "growing pains" with the Network, but went on to say the service "has all the capabilities." In other words, the foundation is there, and let's not forget about the in-game XMB functionality that should be added very soon.
"There are extra challenges [with PSN] just because the PS3 is newer to our team so we've had to work through some growing pains, getting used to a whole new system of development," Turner told us. "But it has all of the capabilities, it's just that at the moment we have more experience on the Xbox."
Yes, we've heard this line from EA before, about how they have "more experience" with Microsoft's console. And this, we don't doubt...although we have to say, we're getting a little tired of the same ol' quote. Anyway, Turner also says his upcoming title, Army of Two, will take more steps to "get over the shortfalls of the PS3 firmware's online menus," and promises that operating with the friends list is just "as easy as doing it on Xbox Live." In the end, we figure it's only a matter of time before the PSN catches up to Live, and with the addition of PlayStation Home, it should go ahead. Lastly, if it stays free, than it'll be a no-brainer...
2/5/2008 Ben Dutka