I AM LEGEND said:
I get the chat part, and I totally get the Gears part, but what exactly makes the PSN so boring to you? Personally the Store is much easier to navigate, it's got a cleaner look, it has all the same content save for XBLA which is really a big deal IMO. Honestly if it weren't for Gears and XBLA there's no way I'd pay for live. Last year was the first year I had to actually pay out of pocket for it and I hardly even used it.
I used to play Call of Duty 4 competitively on both PS3 and 360 and I made some money doing it. The competition on the 360 was far superior than the PS3 side was concerned. I got rid of my last PS3 back when the KZ3 beta was going on and I played a few multi-plat games and rarely ran into anybody decent on the PS3.
I'm not saying everybody on the PS3 sucks, but to my acknowledgement and experience, the competition is on the 360 side.
As far as XBLA goes, it's amazing as you alluded to. Not to mention XBL Party Chat's are the sh*t. I can play a casual game of multiplayer and talk to some friends who are playing another game. PS3 seems like a ghost town for the most part, do any of them motherfu*kers own a mic?
I don't get how you can say the PS Store is easier to navigate than XBL Marketplace when you can sort by many different topics. It all comes down to preferences and I just feel Sony dropped the ball with Playstation Network.