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PlayStation 2 Celebrates One Year Online 37

Posted by simoniker
from the happy-birthday-to-ping dept.
Thanks to Yahoo! for hosting the Sony press release celebrating the first anniversary of the PlayStation 2 online adaptor, as well as new figures showing "more than 780,000 gamers with online connectivity." By comparison, a recent Taipei Times article says that Microsoft has 500,000 Xbox Live subscribers worldwide. The release stresses the differences between the PS2's 'open' philosophy and Xbox Live's more managed attitude, pointing out: "...the results of the open model approach include more than 20 publishers developing more than 50 titles for the PlayStation 2 platform by the year-end." Sony also trails the PS2 hard drive with regard to Final Fantasy XI, but hint at other uses, saying it "...further demonstrates the company's focus on extending the functionalities and capabilities of the PlayStation 2 for a total living room experience including games, movies and music."
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PlayStation 2 Celebrates One Year Online

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  • by Locky (608008) on Tuesday August 26, 2003 @11:58PM (#6802175) Homepage
    The installed userbase for the PS2 is several times that of the Xbox. Pronouncing victory is quite foolish as per customer, Microsoft is having much more success with Xbox Live than Sony is with their online facility.
    • by MMaestro (585010) on Wednesday August 27, 2003 @12:13AM (#6802243)
      Indeed. The PS2 has sold something like 30 billion systems (correct me if I'm wrong) while the XBox hasn't even sold half of that. If the PS2 only has 780,000 gamers online at this point, they are doing horribly in terms of online capabilities.

      Everquest has something like 500,000 registered users, and thats for a 4+ year old MMORPG game on the PC. Its not a fair statement to compare consoles to PCs, but it sounds to me like Sony's flagship machine is being trounced by their own decommissioned flagship game.

    • by unclethursday (664807) on Wednesday August 27, 2003 @02:17AM (#6802742)
      Xbox Live has a better market penetration, percentage wise.....

      But the fact also remains that the 500k mark for XBL has been touted for months, without changing. It looks like most of the people who wanted XBL have it; and with the dealy of Halo 2 until next year, the prospect of new people signing up for it before Halo 2's release is slim.

      And when you also consider over half of the total subscriptions were from the North American launch (almost 300k from November 15 - December 31), and most of the rest are from the Japanese and European launches, it shows most XBL users are early adoptors, and the majority of the Xbox owning population either doesn't have the broadband capabilites, doesn't care about online games, or both.

      XBL got a good start, but its ability to draw in new subscribers just doesn't seem to be there; at least until Halo 2 comes out.

      Thursdae

      • XBL got a good start, but its ability to draw in new subscribers just doesn't seem to be there; at least until Halo 2 comes out.

        Live is dependant on games being released that really drive people to subscribe. On the other hand, the PS2 adapter, while relying on the games to some extent, doesn't need as much justification because there's no subscription involved in the adapter itself. Individual games might have subscriptions, but the adapter itself has no penalty for buying early (unlike Live, which you m
  • by dafoomie (521507) <dafoomie@@@hotmail...com> on Wednesday August 27, 2003 @12:16AM (#6802260) Homepage
    "more than 780,000 gamers with online connectivity."

    What does this mean? Is it that 780,000 people have signed up, or that 780,000 people own PS2 online adaptors? I could say that 100% of Xbox's have "online connectivity" because every Xbox has an ethernet port built in. I think these numbers are very deceptive.

    Take this with a gigantic grain of salt. This is a press release written by Sony. Of course the numbers are skewed in Sony's favor. Just like how Microsoft press releases say that Windows is a stable and secure operating system.
    • What does this mean? Is it that 780,000 people have signed up, or that 780,000 people own PS2 online adaptors? I could say that 100% of Xbox's have "online connectivity" because every Xbox has an ethernet port built in. I think these numbers are very deceptive.

      Well it could very well be 780,000 broadband adapters sold. Unlike the X-Box though, I'd imagine if you bought a broadband adapter (as opposed to having it come with the system), you probably intend to actually use it.
      • Online adaptors ship with all new PS2's now. They still offer it without one for slightly cheaper but thats only until they run out. And I do like Xbox's online system better, where you pay $50 yearly for all games (except one - PSO). With PS2 you pay per game, though some games are free, some are not. Though I can't see a game charge much less than Xbox Live does (4.17/month).
        • by unclethursday (664807) on Wednesday August 27, 2003 @02:53AM (#6802851)
          And I do like Xbox's online system better, where you pay $50 yearly for all games (except one - PSO). With PS2 you pay per game, though some games are free, some are not.

          There are only 3 games on the PS2, total worldwide, that charge per month, and only one of those is in North America right now. ALL the rest are free to play online.

          Only EverQuest Online Adventures, Final Fantasy XI, and a golf game (I think it may be the Japanese version of Hot Shots Golf 4) charge to play online.

          So three out of all of the online titles on the PS2 isn't quite the same as saying 'some charge and some don't.' It's more like most don't and a few do.

          Besides, until the Live Now part of XBL launches, the 'services' you get with XBL hardly justify the cost. But the free long distance and conference call abilities of Live Now will definitly outweigh the cost of XBL, once it gets released.

          Thursdae

          • But the free long distance and conference call abilities of Live Now will definitly outweigh the cost of XBL, once it gets released.

            I get those features with my cell phone...

            $50/year is not much if I find myself with a handful of games I want to play, but I'm not starting a subscription until I have those games in my hand. Adapters, on the other hand, cost nothing to keep around, just the initial cost, and so the numbers may be much higher than the actual use of them. Of course, I'm sure there are people
    • What does this mean? Is it that 780,000 people have signed up, or that 780,000 people own PS2 online adaptors?

      It means 780,000 adapters sold. There is no "signing up" with PS2. Once you have the adapter and an online-capable game, you're good to go.

      You cannot say that 100% of X-boxes have online connectivity, because X-box owners have to "sign up" and pay MS $50 (per year) before they can use that built-in ethernet port.

  • Apples and Oranges (Score:2, Interesting)

    by MBraynard (653724)
    Forget the fact that PS2 has sold 5x as many consoles as Xbox.

    All Xbox Live Subscribers are broadband users. It is a broadband service.

    PS2 are probably mostly dialup. Broadband is the future; if you want good gaming without lag, you need broadband. And if you want a broadband platform where all your opponents have broadband, you must choose Xbox.

    Not to be a fan, I'm selling my Xbox on ebay as we speak cause I outgrew it.

    • by Yaztromo (655250) <`yaztromo' `at' `mac.com'> on Wednesday August 27, 2003 @01:09AM (#6802500) Homepage Journal
      PS2 are probably mostly dialup. Broadband is the future; if you want good gaming without lag, you need broadband. And if you want a broadband platform where all your opponents have broadband, you must choose Xbox.

      Ever play Frequency or Amplitude online? Both of these games support a mix of broadband and dialup users, and I have never seen an issue playing with people with different connection types.

      Sony was smart. They made it possible for a game to specifically function with only one connection type. Take SOCOM for example: it doesn't support the dialup element of the adapter, because it just won't work.

      Sony made it so the game developers can decide wether or not to target just broadband users, or everyone. There are a lot of styles of games that work quite well on a dialup connection.

      And in this big old world, there are still lots of places where telephone lines are readily available, but where broadband is not. Personally, I applaud a company that is willing to embrace players in remote (or odd) areas where broadband simply isn't an option.

      Yaz.

    • Infact the UK version of the adapter is BB only...
  • What's with the headline writer hyping it up even more by extracting "key" passages? Of course it's going to say the PS2 is wonderful!
  • And the GameCube has about 400,000 subscribers for PSO I+II.

    Online is finally getting off on the right foot, but still needs a lot more work.
  • OK -

    In my household we've got every major console from the Sega Genesis onward (Saturn, N64, PS1, Dreamcast, PS2, X-Box and, Gamecube). We have network adaptors for the PS2 and (obviously) the X-Box. My roommate is participating in the FF Online Beta as well. So, I'd say we're reasonably familiar with the offerings on hand.

    In general, for novices, the Live! service is superior. You pay a fixed rate, and any live enabled game just works. There are networkable X-Box games w/o Live (Halo being one of th
  • by luccid (452367)
    The thing that sucks about XBOX is we dont have EA sports ! I cant play Madden 2004 online.
    • ...which will 'expire' in a year.

      Get NFL Fever or NFL 2K (now ESPN football). Neither has 'shut down' after a year.

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