it's just generally poor.
here are some reasons..
I'm glad somebody finally took the time to put together a detailed list. When it comes down to it, I'm not your 'typical' gamer. I have 7 racing/driving games and 2 that have nothing to do with driving. I basically don't use the PS3 for anything other than racing games and for watching Blu-Ray movies. As such, many of these positives don't really apply to me as they may to other people. My comments below.
- Big updates to play online take me minutes, on xbox they take 20-30 seconds
(Isn't this more dependent on your connection speed. Besides, I don't know what 'big' updates you're talking about. Generally when you buy a game there may be a patch for it which can take a few minutes to download and then it's done. There hasn't been a system update for the PS3 in months as I'm sure you well know. And they usually take a few minutes to download and install. But is this really such a big deal once every few months? It would be another story if it happened every week.)- Most people don't have headsets (and the blu-tooth being easy thing is not easier than getting a headset free that requires no charge)
(Again, this may be your experience. And in the games you play I'm sure you're correct. In the racing games I play that support headsets, the majority are using them. But there are negatives to this too. When I'm out there to race, it makes me crazy when some people are chatting away the whole time. I wish they'd save it for the lobby)- The communication between people on your friends lists are poor, and theres very very limited options
(I can't compare. There is no cross game chat on the PS3. And some games do NOT support Chat. Others support chat but the quality is terrible. So this is probably a valid point if that's how you're used to using this function. But there is a system wide text chat which is useful for racing games that don't support voice chat and it helps cut down on unnecessary chatter). After the race and back in the lobby, we often hold discussions or from time to time, I'll meet up with some of my racing buddies in a 'chat' lobby to catch up on things. - More glitching and hacks
(I have no idea what this means)- No gamerscore
(Again, playing only racing games, the only thing that matters to me are lap times and race results. People on the PS3 talk about Trophies. Some are obsessed with them, but I could care less. I couldn't even tell you what trophies I have)- No ease-of-use
(I can't compare but if you say so I'll take your word for it. That said, I don't think the XMB is 'difficult')- No msn/facebook/twitter built in.
(I don't use any of these but I remember reading that your trophies automatically show up on Facebook. I guess for some people this matters. If anybody would send me a facebook invitation I'd kick them off my friend list. Does that make me an antisocial idiot?)- No way to give players feedback or way of reporting them
(You have a list of 'players met' and you can send them a message and settle it person to person. If there is a serious abuse case it can be reported to Sony and I know of at least one case where PSN messages were submitted as proof and that person had their PSN id blocked. That said, do I really want a 'feedback' list over my head? I'm not sure. I guess there are pros and cons but I don't know enough about the 360s system to comment.- Trophies are a blatent copy of the achievements but done in a poor way with only 4 levels of achievement, whereas the xbox has points
(I think I've made my feelings on this clear. You can keep the stupid trophies.- Online interface for downloading extra content is incredibly slow and the menu's are limited.
If you say so. I can't compare so I'll take your word for it. I'm lucky enough to have an incredibly fast Internet connection. I don't remember ever sitting there and thinking to myself, "This is taking forever". I downloaded the 258MB update for NFS:Shift in less than 4 minutes.- On the xbox the online menu's are full of life, theres so much more content and the news feeds are updated all the time.
(I'll take your word for it. The PS3 has that 'news ticker' but I turned it off because I thought it was just annoying. I rarely search for online content. If there's something specific I'm looking for, I go to the store, find it and download it. I can remember just 'browsing' only twice ever. Maybe if I had a 360 I'd do it more often? I'm not sure.- The ps3 just gets dull and boring in my opinion
(It's your opinion but I think this is a silly comment. How can 'THE PS3' in and of itself be boring. It's a piece of hardware. What is this even supposed to mean. It's a median for playing games. And these generation of consoles are evolving into entertainment centers. The PS3 has a good photo app and jukebox software but I have my home PC for that so I rarely use it.- Home is just terrible and a throw away experience
(I've never used it once and have absolutlely no use for it. In fact, I can't think of a bigger waste of time. When I turn on the PS3 it's because I want to do some racing. I'm part owner of my own business. I work 12 hours a day on average. And I have a family. Every minute I'm on the PS3 and NOT racing is just a waste of time. I could care less about using it as a social networking device. I've never understood the concept of 'home' and thought it's either because I'm showing my age or I just don't 'get it' or I lack the personal time. Probably all three.- Indie and Arcade games on the xbox
(I guess--I'll take your word for it
)- Overall the PSN seems like the original xbox's online, very basic and doesnt stretch any boundaries and they've had enough time to study xbox live and see how it should be done so there's no excuse
(Again, I'll take your word for it--fair enough).If i had my consoles taken away and had to choose between paying £300 for an Xbox and £100 for a PS3, i'd choose the 360 everytime, make a sensible choice!
I guess my needs are different as most of the positives you cite don't seem to be that important to me. But I appreciate that you took the time to lay this out on the table as I'm sure others will find this very useful.