Microsoft's group product manager for Xbox and Xbox Live, Aaron Greenberg, has been sharing his thoughts on the PlayStation Network (PSN). Unsurprisingly, he thinks it has some positive points, but it's not on a par with Xbox Live.
Greenberg's basic message was that PSN has a way to go. Speaking on the network's multiplayer offering, he said, “It’s not a unified service, so if I’m playing Resistance for example and a friend of mine is in the dashboard, I can’t invite him into the game… unifying that across all the games and the dash, there’s not that consistent experience. It’s not built into the core platform which is something for us which is very important.”
He also took a sly poke at non-gaming content on PSN. When asked about the digital delivery of multimedia content on the network, Greenberg said, “I’m somewhat surprised that Sony hasn’t done that considering they have that stuff in-house.”
It wasn't all criticism, however. He did deliver Sony a couple of backhanded compliments. “Well first, the fact that they are investing online validates what we believe is really important to the space and to grow gaming… they're saying that it does matter... We feel if online matters to you you’re going to vote with our console because we feel we have the best online offering but I would say their commitment is probably the most important thing.” So, basically, Sony strengthening its online offering is its way of tipping its hat to Microsoft. That's very big of you, Mr Greenberg.
He also indicated that the PlayStation Store is akin to a pair of really comfy old slippers, saying, “I like their store. It’s different… It’s more like being on a web page, so to me it’s a little slower and a little harder to navigate because of that, but visually its familiar... I think the original PS1 games. I think bringing those back makes sense, it’s in their library.”
Greenberg also took a moment to get defensive about the fact Microsoft charges for Xbox Live, saying, “To me I don’t think price is a big issue. I really think that if you look at Live almost everything we offer is free.”
Greenberg doesn't feel that the price of Xbox Live is a problem for Microsoft's desire to hit a larger audience
. “I think you get what you pay for, There’s no hacking, cheating, grieving. Well, not any more,” he said.Source: GameTrailers' Bonus Round