Sony: PSN restoration date of May 31 is inaccurate

Tuesday, 10 May 2011 16:01 GMT By Staff

SCEA’s director of corporate communications and social media, Patrick Seybold, has said that the estimated May 31 restoration date for PSN services reported by Bloomberg is a bit misleading.

PSN Breach History

April 3 – Anonymous launches OpSony in retaliation for Hotz and Graf Chokolo suits.

April 11 – Sony settles Hotz suit.

April 19 – SCEA notices PSN breach, takes four servers offline.

April 20 – Another intrusion is found, all servers go offline, two security experts hired over next two days.

April 22 – Sony notified FBI regarding intrusion.

April 23 – Another forensics team is brought on board.

April 25 – Sony is made aware that PSN and Qriocity accounts have been accessed.

April 26 – The public is notified reagrding the intrusion, states credit card information “could” have been compromised.

April 29 – US House of Representatives subcommittee asks for more information on the attack.

April 30 – Kazuo Hirai apologizes to Sony’s during a press conference.

May 1 – SOE found to be conpromised as well; file called Anonymous discovered by forensics which states “We are legion.”

May 4 – Congressional hearing held, Sony pulishes letter to congress.

May 5 – Sony plans to offer creit report services, monitoring, and other compensation; Anonymous denies involvement.

May 6 – Another attack rumored for Sony; Anonymous thinks rogue members attacked PSN; SCEA to offer free games as compensation.

May 7 – Sony announces it has no ETA on when PSN services will resume.

According to an earlier report, Shigenori Yoshida, a Tokyo-based spokesman for the firm, said that Sony was uncertain when it could resume PSN services, and that the “company is in the process of adopting an improved security system and its plan to restart the services fully by May 31 is unchanged.” However, Seybold has said there is no new information regarding a new launch date.

Sony said in a Japanese press conference on Sunday, May 1, that online play on PSN and access to music service Qriocity would be restored “this week,” but that PlayStation Store will not return until sometime “this month,” as the promised restoration of partial services in the week ending May 8 went unfulfilled.

Per a statement from Seybold received by Venture Beat, Sony has yet to provide any date whatsoever for the restoration of services, and has not provided any outlet with any information pertaining to when to expect said service restoration.

Seybold added that he was in the process of “trying to clean,” up the May 31 misinformation “now,” which has resulted in Sony updating its FAQ on the matter to state that “restoration of online gamplay is the FIRST phase of the plan to restore,” the PlayStation Network.

The SCEA executive also commented on the CNET report on Friday,, which stated that Anonymous was planning a “third attack” against Sony over the weekend – an attack which never happened, because, according to CNET, the publicity surrounding the plan resulted in Sony taking down the one live server it supposedly had up and running.

According to Seybold: “There is no accuracy to that report. We’re focused on ensuring the security of the network before bringing the services back online.”

Seybold has since posted on the US PS Blog that “it will likely be at least a few more days,” before service is restored.

“We’re terribly sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work through this process.”

Nick Caplin, head of communications at SCEE posted the same message on the EU PS Blog.

All PSN services are still offline

Following confirmation last week that SOE’s user data servers had also been hacked, Sony said in a statement over the weekend: “We were unaware of the extent of the attack on Sony Online Entertainment servers, and we are taking this opportunity to conduct further testing of the incredibly complex system. Additional comprehensive system checks and testing are still required, and we must complete that process before bringing the systems online.”

Sony took PSN offline over April 19 and April 20 after hackers compromised user data on the online PlayStation service.

PSN service still experiencing downtime

Sony said on both the EU and US PS Blogs on Saturday that PSN is still down, and that the firm is unsure when it’ll resume.

On Thursday, Sony posted that it was entering into the final stages of its new security testing, and that there was the possibility that some functionality would be restored by Friday.

A company spokesperson told Reuters that restoration within the original expected time-frame would not be possible, and no firm restoration date could be provided.

The latest note from SCEA and SCEE posted on both Sony blogs states that “based on what” Sony knew during its press conference in Japan last week, it “expected to have the services online within a week,” and blamed the emergence of information related to the SOE hack for the delay.

PSN sweepstake data posted

In addition, Reuters is reporting that Sony found names and partial addresses of 2,500 sweepstakes contestants which were posted on the Internet by hackers.

Information pulled from a Sony database included information on those who entered a product sweepstakes contest in 2001 including “some” physical addresses. However, the list was devoid of credit cards numbers, social security information or passwords.

“The website was out of date and inactive when discovered as part of the continued attacks on Sony,” said Sony, which also had the site taken down after it became aware of it on Thursday.

The possible cost

Estimates regarding the cost of the service downtime, included the amount Sony has forked out to security firms handling the investigation, have ranged anywhere from the moderate by industry standards ($1.6 million) to the utterly ridiculous ($24 billion).

Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has estimated that if hackers used at the least 5,000 of potentially compromised credit card numbers to participate in theft, it could cost Sony $1.6 million in reimbursements (via VentureBeat).

In regards to lost profit, Mizuho Investors Securities analyst Nobuo Kurahashi told the Wall Street Journal that the security breach could cost Sony $1.25 billion in lost business, new security investments, and consumer compensation.

The possible financial fallout is also being monitored by the stock exchange, which at one point dropped Sony’s stock 6 percent following the announcement of the breach.

The firm saw a 2 percent rise after its bow-heavy public apology, but until the firm gets the PSN service back online and makes public the security plans it has put into place, stock could continue to drop or remain rather flat.

Over in the US, Sony stock was up $0.08 (+0.29 percent) at the close of business on May 6, and in Japan it was down by ¥54.00 (-2.33 percent).

Sony is scheduled to report full-year and Q4 earnings for 2010 on May 26. It is unlikely that the firm will announce to investors how much it has spent or lost during the PSN breach, as the firm itself may not have the actual numbers crunched at that point.

It may have a preliminary figure, but it looks more likely to be a number provided during its next financial period.


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  1. loveaya

    Je ne sais pas quoi je veux dire…Bon courage, SONY!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. frostquake

    It is at that point where Anon and its supporters are just going to start using SCARE tactics to try and keep the PSN from coming back up. Just keep it up Anon, the HATRED for you will grow and grow!

    Looking for Support by Posting Consumers info is a MASSIVE MISTAKE..

    Unlike Geo that didn’t do that to Consumers, and put out a Root Key, he did not attack Consumers directly, like Anon is doing!

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Razor

    Oh, Sony.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Hunam

    @2 The data posted was from 2001 on an old, outdated website that had long since died. The data on that website had no connection to the current hack. The data on that website was on there BEFORE the current hack. As in years and years ago.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Christopher Jack

    I believe that Sony already have their new system up & running but they’re just testing the security before releasing it to public by making sure they get it right this time.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. get2sammyb

    @5: Certainly sounds that way. It’s probably ready to roll out, but I imagine they are taking time to methodically inspect every possible vulnerability, and any issue they find they’ll spend time patching before checking it again.

    Honestly it could take a while. It’s a tricky situation for them: they can’t rush, but they kinda need to.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Lord Gremlin

    I’m with you Sony, I’m still with you.
    We just need to find those hackers, find and kill them. Do this world a favor.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. GForce14

    I don’t hate sony, I hate those SOB hackers, It’s important to remember there is no system that is safe, you can have good protection, but a smart enough person will always find a way to get round it.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. TheWulf


    Wild conspiracy theories aside, let’s not blow this out of proportion, shall we? The next thing you’re going to tell us is that Anonymous are part of an alien incursion from another dimension or something.

    No, this was the work of a bored hacker. If Sony hadn’t had their pants down in regards to security–thus begging for a breach–then none of this would have happened. Sony has hopefully learned some very valuable lessons about user rights (and how people won’t take a knock to them without some form of retaliation) and systems security.

    And life goes on.

    I just hope that Sony has learned something from this – that it’s worth keeping up to date on your security and running constant checks on it a la Valve, and that it’s worthwhile treating your customers like people, and not just tugging the mat out from under them and removing features of a product they bought. (Which they had no legal right to.)

    This has just been one big clusterfuck for Sony which they brought on themselves at every turn, and they’ve hurt themselves in the process, so hopefully by hurting themselves they’ve picked up something from that.

    Maybe it’ll lead to a better Sony in the future? Maybe it won’t.

    Only time will tell.

    Life goes on.

    And in the interim, we’re going to have no end of entertaining conspiracy theories, I’m sure.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. TheWulf


    Tell that to Valve.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Christopher Jack

    @10, Do you really believe that Steam is unhackable? Do you?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Gama_888

    When Sony do launch their new system its going to be under attack the moment its up.
    I give it 3 days before its back down?

    What sony should do is put the exact same system up with the same hack still possible and as soon as the hackers do attempt try get through the hole again, catch them.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. FedUp

    Well I said it in the first couple of days and sony is proving me right, I knew this would take weeks and possibly a month or more before the network is back up. I knew they would eventually give a time frame that would be broken simply to keep you waiting that much longer thinking you’re almost there, and now im gunna guess that either they take at least another week to get it back online, or they will start up too early and have glitches and problems for another week or two afterward making the online gaming more annoying then entertaining.
    Just guessing but I think I’ll be close.

    I hope they dont plan to shove the cost of this back on their customers in the future because I think you whould have to be a complete idoit to give them 1 cent toward their network, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they try to squeeze in a monthly or yearly fee in the future after everything settles down, maby not now because the public is still mad, but probably a year from now or somethin after everybody is coomfortable with the network again. I dont care how much they charge I wouldn’t pay it simply out of principle, but im already switched to XBOX and loving it so I dont need to worry about their B.S. Im just checking the posts for word of identity theft protection to see what they will offer to make up for the lack of protection they provided to my personal info. Thanks again for that sony.

    Well foolish die hard fans, enjoy waiting for the ETA that will never come and the half-a$$, and probably only temporary, reimbursement they will give you. Im gonna go play some xbox.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Bloodyghost

    No company deserves something like this. I do not care if Anon did’nt do it together, they helped produce it.

    Anyhow, this whole shenanigans should unify us gamers against such attacks so it shouldn’t occur again in the future. Not the opposite where there are attacks against gamers.

    #14 4 years ago

    PSN is doomed.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. NeoSquall

    @13 Ok.
    While you go play some shitty multiplayer FPS or TPS I’m gonna play some serious Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, which is an awesome single player action-adventure.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. OrbitMonkey

    Oh look another Sony hack story & here’s TheWulf standing on his soapbox preaching its all sony’s fault whilst rubbing his chubby over their misfortune -_-

    And look another little 360 fanboy claiming he’ll NEVER go back to a service he NEVER even used. Yes FedUp, i’m calling you out. Keep your dishonest little diatribe’s to yourself, k?

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Gekidami


    #18 4 years ago
  19. NightCrawler1970

    Take ya time Sony, in the mean time, will play GTA 4 or Rainbox Six Las Vegas 2, normally i play MAG but heh, server is down mate… i think another week(just for the heck of it)….

    #19 4 years ago
  20. FedUp


    Ha Yes I knew some angry soul would be jealous that they are still waiting like a fool and would take there anger out on here ha. Fact is though that I had purchased Socom 4 and loved it for a few days before the network went down. Then I realized what kind of a mess sony had gotten into so I figured they would be while getting there stuff straight, so I switched and now im laughing at you. HA Managed to get just about full price for my game too.

    If they hadn’t jeopardized my personal information and had they given a reasonable and reliable ETA sooner I wouldn’t have switched, but they failed and the fact that my personal information is at stake gives me more than a right, almost an obligation on behalf of the people who actually care more about their info than being able to play online games, to use my freedom of speach in a way that might not be in sony’s favor so long as it is honest and not simply an attack out of anger. Have fun MONKEY!

    #20 4 years ago
  21. The_Deleted

    Found this if you can’t wait to get back online:
    Play online by bypassing the PSN.
    Which may or may not get you in as much trouble as the hackers.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Nozz

    @21 good find.

    Looks like some shady shizzle though!

    EDIT: X-Link Kai is actually Legit. Used to use it for the PSP back before the ac-hoc party app was about.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. LOLshock94

    Seven wise men with knowledge so fine,
    created a pussy to their design.
    First was a butcher,
    with smart wit,
    using a knife,
    he gave it a slit,
    Second was a carpenter,
    strong and bold,
    with a hammer and chisel,
    he gave it a hole,
    Third was a tailor,
    tall and thin,
    by using red velvet,
    he lined it within,
    Fourth was a hunter,
    short and stout,
    with a piece of fox fur,
    he lined it without,
    Fifth was a fisherman,
    nasty as hell,
    threw in a fish and gave it a smell,
    Sixth was a preacher,
    whose name was McGee,
    he touched it and blessed it,
    and said it could pee,
    Last was a sailor,
    dirty little runt,
    he sucked it and fucked it,
    and called it a cunt.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. neon6

    I’m crying right now, man. I’m crying.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. NightCrawler1970

    Shhiiiiitttt that long??? Do ya match Sony, if you invest more in Security of servers, the hack wasn’t even exist…

    1,5 month offline…

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Blerk


    #26 4 years ago
  27. BraveArse

    It does still say fully restored, there’s no word of when the partial restoration will begin so I stay hopeful. That said, that’s a gobsmacking date if that’s when the store will be back. Really feel for the indy devs who depend on it for income.

    I hope that Sony are picking the 5 major Indy releases planned over this period as the free gifts to choose from and giving them a massive wad of money for it.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. BraveArse

    Oh and x-Link Kai – excellent piece of tech. I remember using on the original xbox to play the first halo online with my mates. Cant believe it’s still going.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Blerk

    May 31st is getting dangerously close to E3. I wouldn’t like to be doing their conference this year.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. OrbitMonkey

    So this is how long it takes to rebuild online services? Oh well good things come to those who wait… I hope ;)

    @20 Big fibber :D

    #30 4 years ago
  31. 2plus2equals5

    I have psp games on my ps3 that i can’t play if i don’t make a login!

    #31 4 years ago
  32. ManuOtaku

    What i dont approve as a user of the PS3, is the missinformation about this, i think is better for sony stop giving days and false promises and start saying it will be ready when is ready as long as it will take us, i know this is for the better, a better system with a tightier security, but sony please dont make false promises about an specific date, it made you look bad in the end.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Kerplunk

    @32 As has been repeatedly pointed out, no date was promised.

    A date was proposed (that’s not the same as ‘promised’) and was explicitly stated as not confirmed and dependent on security measures being satisfactory.

    Make sure that when you’re taking issue with missinformation that you’ve done your homework and direct your objections correctly.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. ManuOtaku

    #33 “Sony said in a Japanese press conference on Sunday, May 1, that online play on PSN and access to music service Qriocity would be restored “this week,” but that PlayStation Store will not return until sometime “this month”

    So the above statement this week the PSN will be back, not in full force but multiplayer included, was not a promise, for me it was and the way it was told, it was a promise and a false one, i was expecting the PSN to be back the past week, but again it was a recomendation not an attack, even if you dont see it that way, i hope sony will realize this and stop given not accurate promises, and make better statements that would be great for them.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Kerplunk

    “..for me it was and the way it was told, it was a promise and a false one, i was expecting..”

    Then the error is yours and the way you chose to misinterpret what was said.

    Based on your understandings of things like “choice” and “agreements” I’d say you’ve demonstrated that you misinterpret things quite often and prefer to hold others accountable for it.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. StolenGlory


    I wouldn’t like to either, because no matter how this plays out, Sony will be on a far weaker footing going into E3 than they previously anticipated they would be before all of this hacker shit went down.

    Their woes will also likely be compounded due to the fact that Ninty will be right around the corner with what will likely be yet another pundit show-stealing hardware unveiling like last year. If I were Sony, I would relegate this whole debacle to a footnote and concentrate on NGP and new PS3 content.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Blerk

    Can they just ignore it at their presentation, though? That’d be pretty much the dictionary definition of the elephant in the room, especially if any of the games they’re presenting are PSN-heavy.

    Better to come out and deal with it up front, right away. Then sweep it off to one side and get on with the real business. I think.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. OwningXylophone


    You are correct, no date has ever been set in stone for the return of the services. However, I think what Manu was getting at is that Sony should have just said “It’ll be down until we fix it” and nothing more on that front until it was actually ready to go live rather than teasing us with these “it might be up this week” comments, which is always going to annoy more people when it doesn’t happen. I mean does it really make any difference to us consumers if we know 7 days or 7 hours in advance of the service being switched back on?

    #38 4 years ago
  39. ManuOtaku

    #35 Again you seem to not understand,maybe i didnt explain myself correctly, when someone not understand its becuase of two things, 1.- the person that gaves the information didnt give it the way it was intended therefore he/she was not made himself or herself clear, and or the other person didnt understand becuase he didnt listen or didnt know too much about the subject, therefore is a possibility they didnt gave the information the way it should or i didnt understand it becuase i didnt read it to well, therefore is two possibilities here, but based on the quoted i put where it clearly states that “PSN it would be back this week” it is clearly not my fault on my understandigns, or if i did misinterpret it or not, so sony didnt give the information the way it should, again a false promise on the “PSN would be back this week”.
    P.S i prefer sony said it will be ready when is ready, the time it will take us, in order to avoid this missunderstandigns, that doenst hurt me in the end, it hurts them, therefore again is a recommendation even if you do not see it that way, maybe there is more people out there that are “misinterpreting things” like me

    #39 4 years ago
  40. Kerplunk

    @38 People were demanding updates. Recall all the noise being made about “not being told enough”? At that time I was commenting that it would do more damage to break a promise than to never make a promise in the first place.

    So, in response, they get given updates on progress.

    Now those updates are misinterpreted and considered as ‘promises’ when they weren’t promises at all. And, whaddya know, the same people point the same accusatory fingers all over again saying “Wah, you broke your promise!”.

    Sounds like people didn’t really care for updates (if they did, perhaps they would have read them properly?!), they just wanted to complain.

    @39 Believe me, any public communications from Sony on this would have every word double-checked and run through a legal team.

    Previously you’ve demonstrated a remarkable lack of comprehension in things. Such as what a “choice” actually is. Or accepting any responsibility for any actions you’ve made (such as wilfully pressing “I Agree” when offered a choice of something).

    Given those details, I’m going with you giving another example of misinterpreting what someone else has said and refusing to hold yourself accountable for it rather than the other person being unclear. You’re still banging that ‘compensation’ drum so, of course, the moment you admit any liability on your part your entire argument falls over. So you’ve no choice but to keep blaming everyone else and presenting yourself as having been manipulated or lied to.

    That didn’t happen though. You just didn’t pay attention to what was said and wilfully overlook any statements that don’t fit your argument.

    #40 4 years ago
  41. OwningXylophone


    No date was promised, and Sony have actually been pretty clear on that. Here is the first part of the offical press release from that conference

    “Tokyo, May 1, 2011 – Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) and Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI, the company) announced they will shortly begin a phased restoration by region of PlayStation®Network and Qriocity™ services, beginning with gaming, music and video services to be turned on.”

    #41 4 years ago
  42. StolenGlory


    Again, depending on the state of the service come E3, I think that will obviously affect one way or the other, the manner in which their presentation plays out.

    I think I may have also articulated myself incorrectly in my last post, since I guess what I was trying to get across is that while they should address the issue, it should by no means dominate their conference and shouldn’t be a primary focus; not by a long shot. Once the issue has been given at least a minor spotlight, then like you say, they can take care of business and start showing folks what they have in store.

    Granted though, a non-working PSN at the time of their E3 presentation, *especially* if the latter should have many PSN-centric titles, would result in a humiliatingly terrible conference indeed.

    I also hope that they don’t try and apply and self-referential ‘wink and nod’ smarky Kevin Butler powered humour to the affair either, since even if the service has been up for a good week or so by that point, it would still be a very raw issue for many gamers.

    #42 4 years ago
  43. ManuOtaku

    #41 i dont know, for me they did gave a date not an specific one, true, but they did gave a date when they stated that the “past week it would be coming back”, and thats a date.

    “Sony said in a Japanese press conference on Sunday, May 1, that online play on PSN and access to music service Qriocity would be restored “this week,” but that PlayStation Store will not return until sometime “this month”

    #43 4 years ago
  44. Blerk

    @42, Yeah, I think going for a ‘light-hearted comedy’ conference this year would be a MASSIVE mistake.

    #44 4 years ago
  45. Kerplunk

    @43 And, just like your other arguments, you’re holding onto a single statement and discarding other statements that don’t suit you.

    You’re purposefully dismissing the other explicit statements that were given saying that services would only be coming online when the sercurity was considered satisfactory.

    Result: (wilful?) misinterpretation on your part

    #45 4 years ago
  46. ManuOtaku

    #45 Because they stated two things is my fault now, is their fault too, iam not discarding information as iam suit, iam putting one of the two, as a clear example of the missinformation, again in line with what i did sated in the post, therefore is not willfully misnterpretation on my part, because i didnt made up the two of them, they are two sony statements that contradict one with each other, if thats my willfull misinterpretation according to you , so be it, i hope you are happy with that thinking, but what i do hope is that sony plans what their statements are going to said, in order to avoid missinformation, in order to avoid they end up being looking bad in the end.
    P.S and of course not give expectations on gamers.
    EDIT and what you did put on your comment 45, could also apply to you, you are disregarding one over the other.***shrugs***

    #46 4 years ago
  47. jdfoster00

    Such a stupid STUPID article… But not as stupid as IGN’S. IGN’S post suggests that everything won’t come up till may 31. Say’s ‘full’ services. We should expect psn to be up this week and music services but not the ps store till the end of this month. ‘full’ it says. They are in final testing of new psn right now and a friend of mine has told me psn should be up by THIS WEDNESDAY.

    #47 4 years ago
  48. KL

    Manu read @41 that’s the OFFICIAL press release.
    everything else you might have read is like tabloid news and unofficial speculations.
    On the other hand even if Sony might have gave a clear response on the restoration of the network but maybe they didn’t expect that they would experience more trouble,after all they’re still being attacked and threatened ,so they had to postpone things.
    If they didn’t give a clear response people would be whining a lot more waiting for a clear update on the restoration

    #48 4 years ago
  49. jdfoster00

    Who ever thinks PSN is coming on on may 31 you’re either an xbox fanboy or a retard. Before you come on here etc please go to OFFICIAL ps3 blog. heres message for all from the PS3 EU blog…

    NOTE THIS IS FULL RESTORATION AND NOT PSN FFS ‘This is a phased restoration, online gaming is the FIRST part of that phase and will happen before 31st May.’ you RETARDS!

    #49 4 years ago
  50. ManuOtaku

    #48 this site playstation universe seems not to be a tabloid news, and they did stated the same,–a011582-p0.php

    P.S also the sony official statement said this
    “When we held the press conference in Japan last week, based on what we knew, we expected to have the services online within a week. We were unaware of the extent of the attack on Sony Online Entertainment servers, and we are taking this opportunity to conduct further testing of the incredibly complex system. We know many of you are wanting to play games online, chat with your friends and enjoy all of the services PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have to offer, and trust me when I say we’re doing everything we can to make it happen. We will update you with more information as soon as we have it. We apologize for the delay and inconvenience of this network outage”.

    And also the news here, on this very site

    #50 4 years ago
  51. xino

    A MONTH!?

    Are Sony crazy!?

    why man? companies will loose lots of money because of this.
    how about mutliplatform games?
    will gamers switch to xbox 360 versions instead of ps3?

    #51 4 years ago
  52. Phoenixblight

    Its a month for the entirety of PSN the multiplayer and all that will be on much sooner than that.

    #52 4 years ago
  53. Blerk

    So basically they still have no idea?

    Some sites were running a rumour that online gaming would be back this week earlier, incidentally. If anyone wants to get their hopes up or anything.

    #53 4 years ago
  54. SamaT

    Technically, if the servers aren’t up by next Tuesday, it will have been about a month.

    #54 4 years ago
  55. DGOJG


    #55 4 years ago
  56. Deacon

    On the upside, the longer it takes, the sweeter the ‘apology pack’ will be.

    Only thing I’ve really missed are the PS+ goodies.

    Their servers are gonna get RAPED when they flick the switch on the new PSN!

    #56 4 years ago
  57. Blerk

    It’d be quite funny if everyone tried to connect at once and their new security stuff thought it was a DOS attack and blocked everyone. :-D

    #57 4 years ago
  58. TheWulf

    What I will say is that this has probably been a bucket of cold water to the face for console-exclusive developers, and I’m thankful for that. Very much so.

    I keep talking up Steam, but it’s all verifiable facts and you can check them out again! Anyway, yes, talking up Steam again, now. Don’t read if you don’t want to. Anyway, the worst Steam outage was for about four hours early on on its life back in ’04, outages since have only been about an hour or so when they’ve had to pull the network down (usually to patch a security hole and such, something others should have been doing).

    Capcom admitted this cost them a lot, and it’s likely cost a bunch of developers both large and small, corporate and indie alike. For all of their incorrect bluster about piracy, they’ve never seen a drop in profits like this one and perhaps this’ll have them wake up a bit. Steam is there and waiting for those who want to do ports. :P And if you do a full Windows/Mac release then people will adore you and you will see humongous profits.

    One potential element I’m hoping for is that this has been a slap to the face for the likes of thatgamecompany and Insomniac and future games will be cross-platform. Insomniac hinted at this possibility before, but I think this will have made up their minds for them.

    The amusing thing too is that Windows ports often outsell other versions when you take consoles into account. There have been so many instances of that that it’s not even funny, so…

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens next. This wulf is pacing around the dying animal that is console exclusivity, and it looks like it’ll be a good meal.

    #58 4 years ago
  59. DrDamn

    Insomniac are already going multiplatform with a title for EA Partners. This was announced last year some time.

    #59 4 years ago
  60. Gekidami

    As always PC fanboys prove that they are the worst type.

    #60 4 years ago
  61. ManuOtaku

    You know thats what i meant earlier on this topic, man stop giving dates that they are not certain to achive, i know that maybe they are doing it to cease the anxiety on the users, but i think is better the approach “it will be ready when is ready, and with the time it will take us to make it right”, that will cease the false spectations the users might be getting by reading this.

    #61 4 years ago

    Maybe they’re going to start again from scratch.

    #62 4 years ago
  63. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    I bet they’re adding the cross media chat everyone’s been wanting for years.

    That’d be a nice surprise and a GREAT way to help PSN users remember this in a postiive way instead of negative (more so than “Welcome Back” program imo).

    #63 4 years ago
  64. NightCrawler1970

    I have a hunch that Jack Tretton will talk on E3, and on that day the server will be on…

    #64 4 years ago
  65. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Today’s PS blog update “at least a few more days”..

    #65 4 years ago

    It would be an interesting E3 if PSN was still down.

    #66 4 years ago
  67. RedBirdiii

    I think the day of Sony’s conference for the E3, Jack Tretton will come to stage and will say: “We represent to you today… PSN version 2. You can go home after the conference and play online now! Thank you for your patience..” and the crowd will clap their hands to his words..

    #67 4 years ago

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  • NBA Live 15 added to EA Access just four months after release

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  • Deal: get Advanced Warfare Limited Edition Xbox One bundle + extra game for £299

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  • That Metal Gear Rising 2 logo was for the second anniversary of the original

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  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 is formulaic and I’m okay with that

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  • Telltale’s new IP will be a “super show”, bridges the gap between TV and game

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