Played a few games at my friends house tonight on XBox Live and all I can say is... wow! I haven't played any games online for PS2 yet, and I wonder if it will compare the sheer quality, popularity, and number of games available that the X-Box has. Unreal Championship was pretty cool, but a little too fast paced to get a hang of the first night. But I played Mech-Assault and that game kicked ass! The network runs perfect, no lag, perfect voice communication, and really easy to use and play. The mute button on the headset is really handy as well. I didn't have a chance to play any other games that he has on-line, anyone else played some? What do you think? I've always been a PS2 guy, but credit goes Microsoft for getting their act together quicker than Sony. I put together a nice little comparison between the two systems... Kit info xbox - $50 w/ two games & headset PS2 - $40 w/ one game (probably will need to buy another memory card and headset so it's going to be much more than that) Winner: xbox Titles available for online play now xbox - 14 PS2 - 6 Winner: xbox Subscription info xbox - Free for 1 year, after that $6-$8/month? PS2 - Technically free, but you will have to pay the vendor for many games (i.e. Everquest will like $10 a month) Winner: tie Connection xbox - broadband only PS2 - broadband and dialup Winner: tie Network xbox - run solely by microsoft PS2 - Vendors left to fend for themselves Winner: Only time will tell, seriously, both have pros and cons. Main titles xbox - Unreal Championship, MechAssault PS2 - SOCOM, EverQuest, the Sims Online (future), Counter-Strike(future), and Star Wars Galaxies(future), mostlikely a future GTA online game, Final Fantasy, and all EA titles. Winner: PS2 Overall: Toss up. Depends on the type of player you are. If you are a casual gamer who goes for the big titles, go for PS2. But if you want the best variety for an online experience while lacking the huge titles, go for XBox-live. It's basically comparing apples to oranges because of the completely different approaches they are taking. I really don't know who I think will win out because I could easily see both sides winning. Users will like XBox because of of the ease and straight up fee, but won't like it because of the titles on PS2. Vendors will like PS2 because of the flexibility for them, but will also dislike it because they have to do all the servers themselves. But, they can make much more money with PS2 than they can with XBox because companies like EA probably plan on charging a fee per month to play all their games. The Sims Online is going to probably make billions for EA between the PC and PS2, it makes no sense for them to go with companies like Microsoft. In the end you will have a wider variety of titles for XBox that are fun, but won't blow you away. But with the PS2, there is incentive for the vendors to be creative because they can charge for the service. It's a Dictatorship (XBox) vs. a Democracy (PS2) and both sides are going to have to try really hard to pull out a win and it should be a really fun battle to watch over the next 5 years. Nintendo also has theirs out or soon to be out, but no one has really noticed. But with titles like Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, the list goes on and on, if done right, it could be huge. Note - They are taking a PS2 Online approach.