I've seen a lot of lag on both platforms when I've played online, and couldn't honestly say if one has more lag than the other. Saying that though, as you do pay a hefty premium for Xbox Live, you'd sort of expect no lag at all. I never seem to get it when playing PC games online, and that costs me nothing it's worth noting.
Im not being in anyway discriminating or prejudice, but i have a question. I play 360 games online and there is a lot of lag in the evening, not so bad during the day i tend to notice. Is this because the Live Server is based in America? and obviously our evening would be their morning/afternoon???
Dann, you hit the nail on the head, not only that but during any type of school holidays, trying not to offend anyone here, but due to increase internet usage all over, it put's more demand on usage going to the telephone exchanges, thus laggy experience.
Guys you shouldn't bother comparing XBOX LIVE to PSN there is no comparison, XBOX Live may have a few lag issues but that is probably due extra hundreds of thousands or users it has over PSN. I have both consoles and thanks to ring of death I have been stuck with just PSN for 2 weeks and it drove me mad!! It is slow annoying and very un-user friendly. I mean has anyone tried played COD4 you are greet with a "DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS" screen for 5 mins before you can play. Bluetooth Headsets are next to useless and 90% of plaers dont even bother which gets rid of vital team talk, you can only invite friends to play with you if they are already playing the same game!, if you get a message from a friend you have to come out of your game back to the PS3 dashboard and then read it. Dont get me wrong the PS3 is great console, and I enjoy playing Warhawk for eg, but I would rather pay £200 a year for XBOX Live then have PSN for free
Day time and early morning (eg 1am) are generally seen as off-peak in the eyes of the ISP, ie Sky, BT or Virgin, and generally they reduce available bandwidth to heavier users. For example on-line gamers and heavy downloaders. This is to give the average user a chance to chat on MSN when they get home from work and that sort of thing. This is written in the small print of any contract you have with your ISP, as I found the same problems when gaming on-line. I tend to game on-line using both PC and Xbox and both slow down late afternoon/evening. This is normal, and nothing to do with the location of Microsofts servers. In my experience, I am happy with the latency i get, plus the availability of downloads for your xbox is greater than that for PS3, but perhaps this will change over the next year or two. I hope this answers the questions of Mr. Charlton and Dann the Mann.