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Published on October 13th, 2006 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder

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PS3 Online Just Supported by Xfire

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Just when I was hoping to get some good news about the PS3, I had to read this. It turns out that Sony’s Playstation Network Platform and Xfire are going to be separate parts of the Sony’s online strategy. The following excerpt was taken from a Microsoft employee’s blog:

Aside from Xfire being so popular and increasingly established, why is Sony Computer Entertainment going outside to provide online community features for PS3 games?
Xfire is not replacing SCE’s Playstation Network Platform at all. They have their own network platform that they will describe and roll out. What we’re doing is complementary. Sony itself was interested in working with us because we have such a large PC community and since so many PC gamers also play console games—I think for us, 74 percent of our 5 million users play console games too—they use it as a nice segue to reach into the gamers of the PC world who already have PC Xfire accounts.

…I think what we’re doing is providing some features and what they’re doing is providing some features that we don’t do at all. We don’t do paid digital downloads and we don’t do a lot of things like that. There are also some publishers that have no interest in the Xfire solution, which is fine. But there are some publishers that are like, “Great. We want to plug into the 5 million-user Xfire community.” We will work with Sonys Playstation Network Platform…

I may be alone in this, but I was hoping their online strategy involved an Xbox Live-killer. I’m aware that it’s impossible for Sony to do, considering Microsoft is the world’s largest OS supplier and software developer, but for the price of the PS3 a man can hope! Let’s just file this one under “D’uh”. Maybe next time around, Sony will make online gaming more of a priority.
Source: Ozymandias


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  • http://grendelpr1me.blogspot.com/ Grendel Pr1me

    Sony is turning out more and more to sound like the teenage guy who promises and promises that he’ll be careful, but then always ends up saying “Sorry, but it just felt too good to pull out.”

    I don’t know why a concept as obviously brilliant as an online community just seems to be outside the parameter of thinking for Sony and Nintendo right now. They’re looking at if from the purely profitable market, and not from the enjoyment aspect. Sure I pay for my Live service, but I’d much rather pay for that then have to stick with a bunch of bull like “It’s free…. so there you go.”

  • http://grendelpr1me.blogspot.com/ Grendel Pr1me

    Sony is turning out more and more to sound like the teenage guy who promises and promises that he’ll be careful, but then always ends up saying “Sorry, but it just felt too good to pull out.”

    I don’t know why a concept as obviously brilliant as an online community just seems to be outside the parameter of thinking for Sony and Nintendo right now. They’re looking at if from the purely profitable market, and not from the enjoyment aspect. Sure I pay for my Live service, but I’d much rather pay for that then have to stick with a bunch of bull like “It’s free…. so there you go.”

  • http://www.gamingtruth.com D’Juan

    Extremely valid point, Grendel. It feels good to know i’m not the only sane person out there!

  • http://www.gamingtruth.com D’Juan

    Extremely valid point, Grendel. It feels good to know i’m not the only sane person out there!

  • Drfred

    Even when I didn’t have access to Xbox Live I still renewed my account because I felt that XBL had a fair price. Yes PC is free but they have advertisements on things such as XFire I believe and you can’t connect directly to friends in other games as easily. They originally talked about XBL being 10 bucks a month. I think we got a pretty good deal for all the demos and other free things we all take for granted now.

  • Drfred

    Even when I didn’t have access to Xbox Live I still renewed my account because I felt that XBL had a fair price. Yes PC is free but they have advertisements on things such as XFire I believe and you can’t connect directly to friends in other games as easily. They originally talked about XBL being 10 bucks a month. I think we got a pretty good deal for all the demos and other free things we all take for granted now.

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    wtf is xfire??

  • http://xforceclan.net Satanic Mouse foo

    wtf is xfire??

  • http://www.gamingtruth.com D’Juan

    Xfire is a communication system that allows you to keep a friends. You can use Xfire with the majority of good games on the pc, and it allows you to keep in touch with people from other games while playing.

    Sort of like Xbox Live, for PC games, and free – except Xfire doesn’t host games. So it’s more like Xbox Live Silver.

  • http://www.gamingtruth.com D’Juan

    Xfire is a communication system that allows you to keep a friends. You can use Xfire with the majority of good games on the pc, and it allows you to keep in touch with people from other games while playing.

    Sort of like Xbox Live, for PC games, and free – except Xfire doesn’t host games. So it’s more like Xbox Live Silver.

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