As a PlayStation 3 owner, I constantly wonder why Xbox 360 owners are content paying a monthly fee to play games they already own online. I know that when the PlayStation Network was first introduced, it was nothing to brag about, in fact it was quite sub-par. Back in those days, Microsoft had a very good reason why they charged for Xbox Live, as it was clearly better than PSN. But now, as the PSN has matured, it has grown closer and closer to Xbox Live quality but managed to stay a free service in spite of its constant upgrades. In fact, it is becoming more and more difficult to distinguish which is the better service.
What is Microsoft’s rationale behind keeping their monthly fee when Sony doesn’t offer one? Is it simply because they know people are willing to pay? It is hard for me to believe that Microsoft doesn’t have enough money to support Xbox Live without charging their customers a monthly fee. So what do you think? Should Xbox Live still really have a monthly fee?