If you have been paying attention to your Playstation 3, Playstation Portable or reading up on any game news, then you know that the Playstation online network has been down for almost a week. Since wednsday night the PSN has been down to some external intrusion. According to Sony some external intrusion affected their network so, they shut it down to make sure everything would run well. Then later on in the week Sony said through their official blog "We sincerely regret that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been suspended, and we are working around the clock to bring them both back online. Our efforts to resolve this matter involve re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure. Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security" Earlier today a Sony spokesman stated that the company still had not determined if the external intrusion had affected the confidentiality of the PSN user's credit card and personal information.
This network problem has affected over 70 million Playstation users ranging from the Playstation 3 to the Playstation Portable. Sony has been very reluctant and shy to say much. Their official Playstation blog has not said much, just about a post each day saying they care about their users and that they are working as quickly as they can to fix the problem but, do not know when the PSN is going to be back. This is a major embarrassment for Sony having their entire global online gaming network shutdown for almost an entire week. No one has taken responsibility for the intrusion on the PSN, who knows it could be a virus. The hacker group Anonymous who attacked Sony earlier this month announced they have nothing to do with this issue.
I would think Microsoft at this time would use this as an example to show how much superior the Xbox is and their online service but, that's actually not the case. Microsoft had something genuine to say about the PSN outage "Of course it’s regretful that Sony is encountering issues at such a busy time, and Microsoft takes no joy in the problems gamers are having playing their favorite games online. That being said, we are expecting Microsoft’s robust online network to see an increase of traffic from those gamers who own both systems. Being able to play their games via the Xbox LIVE network could make all the difference for some gamers."
This is definitely an inconvenience and is only hurting gamers and Sony's lack of announcing anything important only makes the matter worse. I personally really want to play online because I beat Resistance 2 on wedsnday night and since then have not been able to play the game online. Do you think Sony owes it's users anything for both it's paid version and free version of the service?