The xbox live community is generally a good place to be a part of despite occasionally gettin some mouthy idiots that just wanna be heard to make fools of themselves!!!!!! But generally a real good time can be had by all!!
And from a completely non biased point of view having both xbox and ps3 and enjoy both, yes the ps3 is free online however the xbox' online service is better, smoother and worth the money!!!
And at a fiver cheaper than microsoft want to charge you, well you'd be a fool to line there pockets more when u can pocket the difference yourself!!!!!!!!