Yes I thought the same thing for The Sims 3, and The Sims 3 Pets for Xbox 360. They had the online part open, but you could not buy add on's or any downloadable content. It was just to upload outfits you customized by color or fabric. Now when I play on Xbox 360 It always gives me a message saying how it can not connect to EA server and to try again later. But I looked up online to see if anyone has this problem, and it seems to me that the EA Server is just down. I am not sure why. I personally play Sims 3 on my Laptop, and I have problems where my laptop over heats when I play. But I LOVE playing Sims.