14comments PSN coming back online by 31st May!
Posted Mon 9th May 2011 11:24am by Ming Fung
Start of recovery delayed, there will be tears!
Even after official statements and the open letter from Sir Howard Stringer, the start of PSNs recovery never materialised last week. Now according to Sony spokesmen Shigenori Yoshida the target has shifted and PSN should be back by May 31st.
It’s only right that Sony ensure PSN is as secure as possible, as the company is currently a target for hacking groups. However it’s unthinkable that a service of this type could be down for over a month, as an eco system of users and developers as been built around it. You can only speculate on the over arching effect this will have on PSN and digital services.
Studio Head James Brooksby of developer Double Six had this to say
“My greater concern is how this will affect game consumers’ behaviour across all digital platforms including PSN, XBLA, Steam, iTunes and the rest.”
“Consumers have been ready to buy games online, and this may rock their confidence and become a set back that affects us all.”
“Of course, it’s only a blip, but one that the world of digital games delivery could do without. Time will tell.”
The only sweetener for PSN users is that Sony will be offering them two free games (out of five for PS3, out of four for PSP) when the service does come back online. Whether this will be enough to appease PSN users going cold turkey is another thing.
As information and services are being consolidated into central offerings, it raises many concerns … they are likely to always be targets whether it’s political or in fact financially motivated cyber attacks. There is a question mark over how companies secure them and therefore protect us, Sony’s problems at this point might be blessing in disguise for the long term.
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