By Hadlee Simons
For the first time in almost four years, I've let my Xbox Live Gold membership lapse.
As a hardcore gamer, this premium service is essential for online multiplayer games and for using most applications on the console.
Now, I don't play online very often but I've had loads of fun with Call of Duty, Battlefield 3 and the Halo series. And with well over 40 million active Xbox Live users since its 2002 inception, it's clear that other people love online gaming on their Microsoft box too.
So why would I let my membership expire then? Simply put, it's due to Sony's PlayStation proposition.