Many Xbox Live gamers have expressed unrest at paying Microsoft money to host games on our own servers, while Sony allows online play for free and hosts games on their server. There has been much deliberation about this, but it all adds up to one thing: you get what you pay for. While you don’t necessarily get “nothing” because you do not pay for PSN, Microsoft has clearly gone the extra mile with online services. Allow me to explain.
When a game chooses to publish their game to the PS3, they must create their own online servers for the game. Unlike Microsoft, where the company provides general servers for all games to play on. Xbox live users also obtain the service of Netflix (for a fee of course), but it gives movie fans the opportunity to subscribe to a movie service on their own gaming console. Xbox Live also contains cool features that will most likely come to the PS3 sometime soon but are currently not there. Features like cross-game inviting as well as cross-game chat enhance your online experience and are currently unavailable for the PlayStation 3. As you can see, many 360 gamers might complain over paying to host on their own servers, but do you think it is worth the extra features?