PSN users - How do you feel about the continued outage?

PSN users - How do you feel about the continued outage?

Summary: Sony's PlayStation Network has been down since the 20th of April after it was hacked by attackers unknown. It's still down, leaving millions of PS3 gamers without access to multiplayer gaming and other online services.How long can this continue before gamers start migrating to other platforms?

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Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) has been down since the 20th of April after it was hacked by attackers unknown. It's still down, leaving millions of PS3 gamers without access to multiplayer gaming and other online services.

How long can this continue before gamers start migrating to other platforms?

Well, there are already indications that people are trading in their PS3 for Xbox consoles already. Here's a piece on DailyTech:

Now, retail numbers are beginning to show the customer's frustrations. According to different video game retailers around the world, gamers have been trading their PS3's for Xbox 360's at an increasing rate, and have even switched pre-orders of certain game titles from PS3 to Xbox 360.

Multiplayer gaming is immensely popular (people like me who mostly play single-player are like the dinosaurs - a dying species), and for many not being able to play multiplayer and get access to trophies and achievements and so on renders the console next to useless. So rather than allow it to gather dust, some are selling it in order to finance a new console purchase.

And this effect is not limited to the console itself. Game sales are also being affected:

In the week ending April 16, Xbox 360 had 49 percent of the sales while PS3 had 37 percent, and the week after, Xbox 360 stayed at the top with 46 percent and PS3 at 34 percent. The numbers became more obvious in the week ending April 30 with Xbox 360 at 52 percent and PS3 at 26 percent, and last week with Xbox 360 at 49 percent and PS3 at 21 percent.

This is bad for Sony because consumer confidence in the platform is being eroded, it's also bad for the gaming and accessories industry as they are seeing a decline in sales. The holiday spending season is still quite a few months away, but customers can have long memories so this might have long-term fall-out.

There are winners here though. Microsoft, for example, with its Xbox 360 console is already enjoying buoyed sales thanks to the Kinect. The Sony breach and financial data leackage, combined with the ongoing outage of PSN is likely to bring new customers to the Redmond giant.

Where there are losers, here are winners.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Outage

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  • RE: PSN users - How do you feel about the continued outage?

    Not happy at all but it will be back up someday i hope lol, Im not about to trade in my PS3, the PSN network is free online gaming and I believe the XBox is a pay service. why switch for that.
    nascar13@...
    • RE: PSN users - How do you feel about the continued outage?

      @nascar13@... My concern is when it actually does come back online, will it still be free?
      statuskwo5
      • RE: PSN users - How do you feel about the continued outage?

        @statuskwo5 It will most likely remain a free service. If it is going to be a pay-to-play service, I imagine they'd want to announce that before putting the network back up. Could be why it is taking so long, though.
        daveac
    • RE: PSN users - How do you feel about the continued outage?

      @nascar13@... yea u say sony is free, but when they come back did u know they are going to start charging like xbox360, its not going to be free anymore.
      INIEIP
      • RE: PSN users - How do you feel about the continued outage?

        @INIEIP - i very highly dought that because the free ps3 game play is the only thing that gets people to pick ps3 over xbox
        IcyIdiots
  • RE: PSN users - How do you feel about the continued outage?

    I would rather wait a little longer, and be safe, than to rush it back online.
    Rick_K
    • RE: PSN users - How do you feel about the continued outage?

      @Rick_K
      Couple of my friends are strong PS fans. Well right now both of them feel like they are dejected. I don't know whats the matter it is after all a gaming console and network. I have XBox, XBL and I wouldn't get bothered a fraction of millimeter if XBL gets down. I just don't care, because there are more and better things than technology in life to enjoy.
      Ram U
  • RE: PSN users - How do you feel about the continued outage?

    I mostly play single-player games. So this is not a huge issue for me.
    Sony's PR nightmare is a good thing in a way. Companies will pay more attention to user data security.

    As for winners and losers, both PS3 and XBox are getting obsolete quick. Unless there is a next-gen console, it may be irrelevant.
    Scrabbler
  • RE: PSN users - How do you feel about the continued outage?

    I'd happily quit gaming alltogether before i bought a Crapbox 360, period.
    HotVWGTi
    • RE: PSN users - How do you feel about the continued outage?

      @HotVWGTi -Crapbox? We, the gaming community at large would be better off without biased, tweenie fanboys as well. I have both and they are comparable across the board. Literally, great systems both. You do us all a disservice, and make all gamers look like whiny corporate tools. Real gamers own every console they can, and enjoy the hobby and entertainment. Only a fanboy with a pathetically fragile ego would make such childish blanket statements, including words like "xbot, crapbox, Psh*t3, Sony Poserstation",etc. Its pedantically childish, and got stale way back in the bit wars of the 90s (NES-SEGA days).
      Animus et Illuminat
      • RE: PSN users - How do you feel about the continued outage?

        @Animus et Illuminat obviously you have your faggot ass tongue too far up Obama's equalality ass. FUCK XBOX 4 LIFE!! you've also proven how ignorant you, as true gamers will be loyal to the company they see as superior, owning all systems only means you need to climb out your momma's basement and get a life little boy. the fact that you used the word "tweenie" shows your age is far lower than required purchase "mature" rated games with your mommy's permission.
        HotVWGTi
      • RE: PSN users - How do you feel about the continued outage?

        @Animus et Illuminat obviously you have your faggot ass tongue too far up Obama's equalality ass. FUCK XBOX 4 LIFE!! you've also proven how ignorant you, as true gamers will be loyal to the company they see as superior, owning all systems only means you need to climb out your momma's basement and get a life little boy. the fact that you used the word "tweenie" shows your age is far lower than required purchase "mature" rated games with your mommy's permission.
        HotVWGTi
      • RE: PSN users - How do you feel about the continued outage?

        @Animus et Illuminat lol i love the way u broke it down, but u right tho, real gamers got all the consoles, me i got all the consoles, ps3 down time dont matter to me got everything on the ps3 i also bought it for xbox, right now im working on a super computer to get ready for bf3, but i love all consoles they all got there different flavor.
        INIEIP
      • RE: PSN users - How do you feel about the continued outage?

        @HotVWGTi- You spelled "equality" wrong kid. And what the hell does Obama have to do with anything? Are you trying to equate corporate allegiances and gaming with the civil rights movement? What?! You must be very young if your warped little mind draws a connection there. Anyway, your farsical statements are exactly what I meant by " pedantically childlish remarks". Im a 45 year old homeowner here in San Diego, have a small business and do quite well. I enjoy gaming as a hobby, and have for the last 25-30 years (since monochrome and command lines, I still have my PONG console from 79). While your ridiculous retort does not deserve a reply, I will reiterate that Fanboys like yourself make ALL gamers look bad. A whiny little punk like yourself, who feels the need to lash out like this at strangers shows how weak and fragile your ego, and thereby your argument truly is. Enjoy living with your momma, tell her I said hello.
        Animus et Illuminat
      • RE: PSN users - How do you feel about the continued outage?

        @Animus et Illuminat

        I agree with you except for the consoles - REAL gamers use PCs ;-) We prefer hi-res graphics, no auto-aim and a sophisticated UI.

        As to outages - it happens. Would I consider moving to console if Steam and Battle.net went down? I don't think so.
        tonymcs@...
    • RE: PSN users - How do you feel about the continued outage?

      @HotVWGTi ummm- owning all systems means- i have a well paying job- pay my mortage - pay my bills- and in my spare time- i entertain myself. ill b honset here- i no longer own my xbox- id rather my ps3 (personal prefence) and of course my gaming rig (PC) but cmon- truth is xbox live is way better online than psn- but u get WHAT U DONT PAY FOR-its free. i will admit im a ps3 "fanboy" to some extent- but facts are facts- each system has their pro- cons-<br>you might laugh- but i own a ps3 soley cuz of the controller- guess im old school lol- comfort zone thing
      manolii
      • RE: PSN users - How do you feel about the continued outage?

        @manolii -Well said sir. And I might as well throw out a plug for a great gaming community for us old school gamers www.dadsofgaming.com
        These guys are great, and quite "mature", as we all remember gaming back when controllers had one button and a stick or a trackball! Its not old, its "classic"!
        Animus et Illuminat
  • RE: PSN users - How do you feel about the continued outage?

    I don't care at all. I don't play any PS3 games online. I play only 1 player games such as Resident Evil 5, Mirror's Edge, etc. I also play Rock Band 3 with my friends in the room with me.

    PSN doesn't affect me in the slightest, except that I can't buy new songs for Rock Band 3 lately!
    Droid101
    • RE: PSN users - How do you feel about the continued outage?

      @Droid101 THEN STHU! dude if it doesnt affect you don't go running your mouth and pissing other people off, we dont just play games online, some download music, others watch netflix. think before you type.
      winhawk94
  • RE: PSN users - How do you feel about the continued outage?

    and Sony will not be putting out a new system for at least 4 years. there's no need to replace the PS3 with a "PS4". the hardware inside the PS3 out performs 360 with ease. one hiccup with PSN and all the noobs run to 360, good. i hate all the ignorant 360 fanboys that get on Sony's blog just to trash the PS3. Just remember the 360 still has a far higher fail rate than PS3!!
    HotVWGTi