PlayStation Plus Vs Xbox Live – 6 Months Into The New Console Generation.
As most are aware, consoles these days are not just gaming on the platform but gaming online. Today we look at the online services that are offered by Microsoft Xbox Live and Sony with PlayStation plus.
With the advent of Xbox one and PS4 both are competing to be the leaders of the online service, although admittedly the last gen was dominated by Microsoft in this field although it can be argued that the online service on PlayStation was free at the time of the PS3. So let’s look at what the services offer now and which service provides more bang for the buck.
Both services are a must if you are looking into multiplayer foray as without this the consoles do not allow online functionality , the difference here is that Xbox live subscription is still required for free to play and various apps i.e. Netflix, Hulu etc. This restriction is not placed on PlayStation plus. Both allow cloud saves.
PlayStation plus has always given free games as part of the package and this has not changed on the PS4 (one subscription applies to all platforms, every month a few games are added to the instant collection and as long as you have the subscription you can download and play these to your hearts content although you only rent these games in theory.
Microsoft initiated its own service called ‘Games with Gold’ the upside of this is that the games are yours unlike PS Plus the games are always there to be played, the flipside is that the games have been very old titles Gears of War, Hitman Absolution Halo 3 and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas mind you these are Xbox360 titles. We have not seen much in terms of games available on the xbox one. The PS4 has had a number of great titles appear in the instant collection like Resogun, Dead Nation, Don’t Starve etc to name a few.
PS Plus and Xbox Live both provide game discounts, although the difference is that Live subscription is not required for the majority of discounts on Xbox but in terms of PlayStation you need to be a subscriber of plus to be allowed the discounts. Xbox live offers a ‘Deal of the week’ which will focus on a set of games i.e. Call of Duty Map packs and give that at a discounted price for members. PS Plus is different in that the discount applies to the full range of games.
A year’s subscription to PS Plus will cost its members is $49.99 or £40 pounds for us Brits ( I have not ever seen this discounted as such), the recommended retail price for Xbox live is $59.99 but you hardly ever end up paying this and discounts can always be found to drop this by $20 is most occasions working out cheaper on a monthly basis. Both the services encourage users to take up the yearly package then the monthly package which ends up costing approximately $10 a month. Xbox live ends up cheaper over all but not by much.
On paper both seem very good services but in reality PS Plus is the winner. The main reason is the instant collection, which has a substantially better library of games compared the ‘Games with Gold’ service across all Sony Platforms. Although it can be argued that Microsoft provides a more robust service and is not down as much for maintenance as PS Plus but the games are too big to ignore Bioshock Infinite was out last month on the instant collection. Microsoft needs to provide games that more recent to compete with PS Plus. The games have been old are old and yes you can keep them but you can probably pick these games from the bargain bin for a few quid anyway.
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