Don't Pay For Xbox Live, Pay For Designer Furniture Instead

Continuing their recent preoccupation with sending out ill-advised press releases, Sony yesterday told the world how to best spend $50. You know, the $50 so many of you spend on Xbox Live Gold subscriptions.

With the PlayStation Network being free and all, Sony figure that the $50 you're spending on Microsoft's online service is $50 wasted. Why not put it to better use on the items on the following list, meticulously hand-picked by Sony's most frugal, thoughtful PR types?

Rather than paying a $50 subscription fee that competitors charge for on-line services, PlayStation Network users could put that money towards a variety of content.

* PAIN ($9.99)
* Elefunk ($4.99)
* Guitar Hero Classic Rock Track ($6.25)
* LittleBigPlanet™ Metal Gear Solid® - Level Kit ($5.99)
* Episode of Afro Samurai | Season 1 ($1.99)
* The Dark Knight Movie ($14.99)
* Samurai Sword Rack, Diesel Tiamallo Blue Hooded Top, Ligne Roset Alster Chair for PlayStation Home ($4.47)

-or-

* Super Street Fighter® II Turbo HD Remix ($14.99)
* Burnout™ Paradise (Full Retail Game) ($19.99)
* The Hoff Character for PAIN ($1.99)
* LittleBigPlanet™ Ryu of Street Fighter® II ($1.99)
* Robot Trooper and Basketball Boots for PlayStation Home ($.98)
* Savage Moon ($9.99)

Sony, we appreciate the fact we don't have to pay for the use of the PlayStation Network. And appreciate that, since we're not paying for it, you have to get your money back via other means. But telling people to forgo Xbox Live's mostly excellent multiplayer service in exchange for a Ligne Roset Alster Chair and some basketball boots probably isn't the best way to get your point across.

Sony wants you to buy games, not Xbox Live [Ars Technica]