Actually this article is about +, and not the PSN, and what a great service + is for the money.
I subbed for PS+, but unsubbed because they kept giving me free games that I already beat long ago and long forgot about.
Having used both PSN And XBL there's no way you can with a straight face say PSN is better, you get what you pay for and that shows in the live gold service. Plus I work so $4 a month is nothing even if I don't play for a while.
But if you want to talk about which service is the better FREE service, key word being free, not sure how you can say with a straight face the free version of Live is indeed better then the free version of the PSN. And I have been on each service since Day 1.
Yes, when you PAY for Live, it is a hell of a service, no one can dispute that fact with a straight face as you put it, but if you are just going to compare the free services both offer, then yeah, PSN is just as good as live, if not in fact much better.
And honestly a lot of the features people point out as to why Live is better, some people just do not care all that much about. Cross game chat for example. That is something that does not appeal to everyone or is a just have. So it really does very much come down to opinion and need at that point in time.
BOT, I like + alone just to the automatic updates and increased cloud storage. The free games are a great bonus. I just downloaded Ninja Gaiden Sigma on my Vita last night, a game I would have never checked out otherwise. I have also learned since becoming a + subscriber, to not necessarily purchase games right away anymore. Great example is The Unfinished Swan. I held off on getting it, and just was able to get it for $3 I think it was last week thanks to my + subscription, and I own it outright as well. So th discounts for being a + subscriber also pay off. I honestly think if anyone uses their PS3 on a somewhat frequent basis, + is a must have service at this point.