Home for the PLAYSTATION 3. New Dashboard for the Xbox 360. Community features out the wazoo are on their way this fall, are you caught up to speed on what that means for your PS3/360 ? Lean over and read on to make sure you don’t miss out on anything that’s going to make your gaming experience that much better later this year.
Sony PlayStation 3′s 2.0
The PS3 this year is finally getting what it’s users have been wanting for a long time now, in fact all the way back before the release of the system on November 17th, 2006. Features like In-Game XMB, also a way to show off your skills as a gamer with points or awards. Better ways to interact with other players and easier ways to find other players to play games with that you own and or are interested about it, Home. While Sony still is a little slow on bringing these things to us, rest assured, it’s being taken care of.
PS3: In-Game XMB
In-Game XMB was at the top of any PS3 gamer’s wishlist. Being able to play music seamlessly off of your hard drive whilst playing your favorite games, or the ability to text and or voice chat with your friends when they’re doing something entirely different than what you’re doing at the moment. Well all these things are being touched on, already we now have In-Game Text messaging which is working just like it should be with very little problems at all. A problem though for those who want to play their music while playing games is, that Microsoft may have a patent on that very concept, so Sony is working around it and getting the developers to implement it into their games so we have that ability.
For more than 2 years now Xbox 360 gamers have been able to show off how good or bad they’re doing on a video game with achievements and a gamerscore. PS3 is now starting to get this feature in the form of Trophies, the only game to date at this time that have them is Super Stardust HD with titles like PAIN and Burnout Paradise to receive them soon.
While everything else that the PS3 is now getting can be argued that it’s not new, the 360 has had it since conception, but the PS3 is getting something the 360 doesn’t have, which is Home. Home is a virtual avatar space for gamers to socialize and play games together with. Each user will have an apartment space to themselves where they can hold get-togethers or invite clan-mates to discuss a clan war before they get into a game. Users can purchase new and bigger spaces, with what currency hasn’t been announced yet, some (including this writer) are hoping it has to do with your gamerscore and how many trophies you have and whatnot, rather than having to buy them with real currency. Home includes venues for people to do whatever, and also houses game-specific spaces for you to meet other gamers that are playing the same game you are.
Microsoft Xbox 360′s 2.0
The Xbox 360 has had great features with the system from day one, but the biggest and or only drawback is paying to game online with your friends. While most don’t mind this, some gamers think they shouldn’t have to pay to play with others. Others, however, think the cost fits right for what Microsoft offers.
360: New Dashboard
The 360′s new dashboard breathes some life into the menu’s look, with now a 3D menu where you can check out various things like Media, Games, Community and what not, also with recommendations it makes the interface that much better to use. Along with the new dashboard you get a new Gamercard feature, where you can create your very own avatar to your liking to replaces your old premade graphic avatar. A new community feature is when a friend signs on you can see them bordering your screen so it’s easier to tell when friends are on now. It also includes a party system where you can group up with 5 other friends and jump into almost anything. Including sharing a movie with the new exclusive Netflix feature on the system, where you can watch the movies you have in your Netflix queue right on your 360. The cool part of using the party system with this is, you and anyone who’s in your party can watch the movie together, Group Commentaries anyone?
While anyone can see Sony is playing catchup while Microsoft is just expanding it’s features, the two seem to have an actual tie headed their way this fall, with all these new features and games coming out this fall/winter, it’s really anyone’s guess as to who will win the holiday rush. Your thoughts?