and again, the xbox comes with full broadband capabilities. so if you are on cable or dsl you can connect to the internet to play online, i reckon they will build in an autoupdate feature so you can get patches. i doubt though that there will be patches at all for the xbox as a console game is a finished , optimized product and you dont put it out until you are sure it is perfect. with a PC you can kind of release even a premature product just to meet the deadline. i honestly cant think of a game i recently bought which i didnt have to download a patch for after installation. imho that sucks big time , but hey , i m used to it. with a console you know that the hardware will be the same no matter what thus making it a lot easier to perfect a product.