When I buy an Xbox 360 game and want to play it online, it just works. That's it. I know that I get an excellent online experience for about 35 EUR / year (you can get that cheap from ebay). I friend of mine even hooked up his xbox to the internet via windows connection sharing. I never thought that this would work but it did flawlessly (behind firewall, router etc etc). Coupled with the new install-to-hd feature, for me, the xbox has no competition.