First of all, please don't capitalize the first letter of every word. It makes it very hard to read.
To the original point; Yeah, it would be nice, but in a competitive business model it doesn't make any sense. If the individual game publishers were supporting the game's online server exclusively through their own means, then it would make sense. On Xbox live however, the bandwidth cost and distribution of datacentres is a cost incurred by Microsoft, thus they charge for it.
Maybe you should work for free. Maybe I should be able to rent the house I live in for free. Free free free gimme gimme gimme.
If you don't like paying for XBL, sell your 360 and get a PS3. $60 a year is not exorbitant. Maybe you should get rid of your cell phone/cable/other subscriptions. They provide a service, have support, and while it's not always the best, XBL does have a lot of benefits.
I have used both online and i have to say that xbox live is a much better service than psn and xbox live isn't even that dear I got it for two months for £2 and I would rather have one game less a year if it meant a good online service and community
Not sure if serious or just trolling. But if you are serious then...
The only time it went down for a couple of weeks was when it was hacked, which can easily happen to Xbox Live is hackers choose to do so. After that, there really isn't that much different aside from PS3 lacking cross game chat and having to pay to have access to online play.
In my opinion, between the two, PSN beats out Xbox Live. Free online play is a big plus. And it's paid service, PS+, gets more out of your money. Since I've had PS+, I've got Shank 2, Shift 2, all the episodes ofBack to the Future The Game and Sam and Max, Tomb Raider Underworld, Hydrophobia, Plants vs Zombie, Crash 1-3, and Spyro 1-3 all for FREE. Not to mention a few I'm forgetting. I think I've made $200 worth of purchases for only $50.
Also, PS3's XMB is a lot more quicker and customizable than the 360's dashboard. While it takes me only a few seconds to start a video, it took me around ten minutes to start watching an episode of The Legend of Korra just because of the amount of menus needed to load. And about the customizable part, you can download user created themes right off the internet, or even just download an image online and use it as your background.
And as for online play, they are pretty much the same, except there aren't that many people with mics on PSN, though that could be good or bad depending on your point of view.
One last thing, I'm typing this through my PS3's browser which is a godsend since I have to share a computer with eight other people while I gey the PS3 all to myself.
You said you got them games free with ps plus but technically you have to pay to play them because when your ps plus runs out you can't play them unlike xbox live you get a game its yours no matter what and also the XMB personally i don't think it's that great because you always have to load the entire menu unlike the 360 mini dash and the xbox has a lot of free cool things on the dash the only thing ps has is home and apps for your TV providers which xbox has there own personalized version which is a lot cooler in my opinion
A). Do you have XBOX Live? B). It's the Apple/Android argument. You can have the shitty half baked version for free, or you can drop a few bucks and get a supported version that works efficiently and protects your security.
Luckily, I'll be renewing it because I got a hell of a lot out of it in this past year.
Not sure how you see the 360 dash board as being quicker than the PS3's XMB. Everything loads instantly on the XMB, but takes quite a while to load a new page on the Dashboard. It even takes a bit for the 360 to start up the dashboard in the first place.
The applications all come down to if you use them or not. Never used Netflix or any of the TV apps on the 360 because they either needed a subscription or they just didn't interest me. And with the PS3, I don't really need a subscription to Netflix seeing as how I can just download TV Shows and Movies from my PS3's Internet Browser for free.
My mistake. A three weeks and a half then. Still didn't bother me seeing as how I mainly play single player games and didn't use any of my personal information. Not to mention the internet for the browser was still working and I got a few free games out of it, so I was perfectly content during the whole "catastrophe."
A) I had it for four years. The final couple of years didn't get much out of me. The only reason I had it for so long was because my little brothers kept renewing it.
B)Except the PS3 isn't shitty or half-backed. It's completely functional, and gets the job done well. Again, with my experience, it works better and quicker than Xbox Live, which I was recently on a few days ago.
Cue fanboys to start fighting the PS3 vs Xbox360 war.
Let's get something straight: PSN is a free service, and I'm sure it's fine. I like Xbox live, all my friends are on Xbox, and we enjoy all the extra content, like being able to stream Netflix, Hulu, ESPN, On-Demand, free game demos, occasional free downloads of other things, extras, etc. I'm sure PSN offers many similar features. I like the XBLA. Devs seem to like the Xbox platform more, too. It's just personal preference -- one is not better than the other, it just comes down to the person shelling out the money.
If you think XBL should be free, that's fine. I think ammunition should be free for me. So here's what we'll do -- I'll pay your XBL subscription if you pay for all my 8mm Mauser and 7.62x39 rounds for a year. Fair deal?
I think paying for live maybe a little expensive at times but if you look on the up sides that money can go to account security unlike PlayStation. cool features on the dashboard, dedicated online servers, awesome Xbox exclusive games, I believe it also funds research and console upgrades however if the next console disallows used games I hope they keep the 360`s live capabilities