Analyst IHS has concluded that Xbox Live remains the best online console network on the market.
Xbox Live was a pioneer in the field and was for a long time considered one of the main differentiators between the two console giants. Now in an extensive report, IHS has, using a PS4 and Xbox One, found that Microsoft's network remains both faster and more reliable than Sony's.
The only metric in which PSN performed better was the speed of matchmaking, although that in itself was only a narrow victory.
Tests were carried out in May both in a controlled lab setting and in more natural home environments using five popular multiplayer titles. On test primarily were reliability, speed and overall quality.
The results for Reliability showed that Xbox Live outperformed PlayStation Network on three out of four metrics. In particular, Xbox Live delivered a considerably better score on the metrics for login time to network and for login time to game servers,” the report said.
Similar to the results for Reliability, the Speed tests showed that Xbox Live scored higher than PlayStation Network on three out of four metrics. As in the two tests above for Reliability and Speed, Xbox Live produced higher scores in Overall Quality than PlayStation Network in three out of four metrics.”