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Well, thanks to the scam that is the big Playstation 3 price cut (of 2007) that never really was (see article here:
Is Sony run by idiots? Playstation 3 price drop not real?),
it seems it is time to offer some advice to Microsoft:
Microsoft needs to cut prices on their hardware (Xbox 360 consoles) *now*, and do it in a big way.
I've seen and heard rumors that Microsoft was planning perhaps a $50 price cut on their hardware in response to Sony's announcement about their price cuts on the 60GB models of the Playstation 3 consoles. If that was the case, they need to follow through on those plans -- despite the reality of Sony's cuts not being 'real' -- and really put the screws to Sony in this battle of next generation consoles.
Realistically Microsoft has it all over Sony when it comes to their gamer network. Xbox Live is so well planned, and generally well controlled, that it's just a great experience for a gamer (in most cases). Yes, there are some jerks in the system, and yes, some of the games attract crowds of kiddies that want to trash talk with horrible language and manners, but for the most part it's a great system that allows you to make friends, play against them, talk with them, and socialize as you play. For the most part it works very well for all comers.
Sony on the other hand has a free network (as opposed to the approximately $50 per years that Microsoft charges for Xbox Live), but I'm told over and over again that gamers get what they paid for from Sony's network. It just isn't comparable at all to Xbox Live.
... continued in the comments area. Please continue there to read the rest of my thoughts on this subject.