For a great nearly 10+ years, I have been a decently hard-core Xbox gamer. While I have owned nearly every system that has come out, at some point I started funneling my game money into Microsoft’s little black box. Then when the 360 came out, I bought into that system, and have been purchasing green and white boxes ever since.
Now, why fix something if it isn’t broke? Well the part that broke was my blu-ray player. I decided it was high time to replace it, and so I journeyed over to my local Bestbuy to remedy the fact. What I walked out with was a shiny, new Playstation 3.
If you’re like me at all, you probably didn’t know that Sony had its own “Live” style network. I had always been told the Sony network was nothing like XBL, though mostly by PS fan boys. That it was free. That you didn’t have to pay for anything. And like a dolt, I did nothing to investigate into it. The elitism that the PS fanboys had exerted really turned me off to the whole thing.
But now, as an owner, I have started digging into this so called PLaystation Network. That’s when our very own Burke got me into PlayStation Plus. Basically it is a service that mirrors Xbox Live in the content downloading process, except that for $50 spent, you are basically compensated for it monthly by way of premium content.
Having joined up, I was nearly immediately given over the initial buy in of $50 in free content. This was something totally new to me. Xbox never gives me anything for free. I was taken back! From whole digital downloads to the “arcade” games, I was amazed. If only the Playstation offered a different controller I would probably never go back.
Granted Xbox has never spurned me, but Microsoft should take a lesson here. If the customer gives you their hard earned cash (or allowance in many cases), you should do something that makes their money feel well spent. I do feel that the XBLA experience is over all more user friendly with easier navigation and joining games with friends, but the content delivery system stinks worse than all the Triceratops poop piled 5 feet high in Jurassic Park.
Hopefully in the near future, Microsoft will learn the error of their ways.