hello ... as usual, this turns out to be another lame fanboy war over who's got the bigger ....aaarrrrgh! COME ON, i thought we were adults !!! 1st we are talking about MS pushing the XBL subscription, i understand but don't agree with the reasons put forward, why!? ... well because i've tried both, XBL & PSN & all i can say is that i don't see anything a PSN (free) user would have to envy over an XBL 1, anyone saying so is either a fanboy or never tried the other service. OT: Playing MP on PC is free, just get a legal software & voila! I love Steam Gaming on any platform is expensive; I may buy a lot of games for less 10$ on steamy site & alike, i also pay 15$ for my fav MMO & will add 2 more someday. When i'll build my PC, it will cost @ least 800$ with all the components i want. I pre-ordered Diablo III & waiting to download @ least 10 games off steam that doesn't run on my actual old machine. I paid my console (PS3) 545$ 2 years ago & i can still build a decent PC (in MU) for a bit less than that, but then how will i play also God of War, Gran Turismo 5 or Demon's Souls !!? Oh & most of my games (35 to date) costs around 10 - 60$ Would have buy an Xbox (mostly for games like Alan Wake) if it was reliable right at the beginning, now it's too late, i don't have enough time to play all the games i own on PC/PS3, who knows maybe someday. When i play, whether it be on PC or PS3, i spend hours & my electricity bills reflects it, without counting my fixed Internet bill & maybe some visit to the doctors for lack of sleep .... No people, PC isn't more expensive than console & vice versa, GAMING is !!! & I can afford it so won't whine about it with cheap arguments. BOT: I'm really sorry for Xbox owners, they never had it free & it is now more expensive (even if i don't feel it's too much for the service offered). But MS, Like SONY or any other PC game developers are 1st businesses that are here to make profit, as long as they can entertain us in the process.... to this, sorry for long post.. cheers!