According to a scan posted on
the PlayStation forums
, the March issue of PlayStation Magazine
reveals Sony's plans to deliver an online gaming experience that not only targets Microsoft's much lauded Live service,
but surpasses it. The article reads:"Cast aside any doubts and start
gazing skyward, because that's where Sony is aiming with plans that go far beyond simple leader boards and matchmaking
-- or even the PS3, for that matter.""'It's very real,' one source tells us. 'They (Sony) are dead serious about
it. They've declared, and I quote, a 'full-on assault' on the latest version of Xbox Live.'""They are
committed to matching Xbox Live [on the 360] feature for feature and then some."
together with the recent survey
, should remove any doubts about Sony's online ambitions. Is it possible that Sony could create a
network the size and scale of Xbox Live in such a short time? It has cost Microsoft, the world's largest software
company, billions and taken years just to lay the framework for the current Live service.
known for their hyperbolic marketing: the PS2's Emotion Engine, the PSP as
iPod-killer; it seems unlikely they could take the crown from Microsoft on their first try, but any attempt is a huge
relief. It was beginning to look like Sony didn't think the Live service was a valuable addition to console gaming, or
a serious competitor to their hegemony.
Read on for some (barely) readable closeups from the image on the
[Thanks, apoc06 & Draco
some grammatical errors.]