Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Playstation 3 network shut down

On the evening of April 20th many Sony PlayStation 3 network users saw the "network error" message as they tried to log on to play their favorite online game. Yeah so what, you gotta do a little maintenance once in a while to keep things running smoothly right? We have all see this happen once or twice a year for a network upgrade. But six days later Sony's Sr. Director, Corporate Communications & Social Media, Patrick Seybold posted the following message on the PlayStation Network Website, "An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. In order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward, we turned off PlayStation Network & Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th."  Apparently at the same time PSN went down Amazon.com was hacked by an unknown party.  Sony will not confirm they were officially 'hacked' or if there were similarity's, but commented that a "Networking event occurred that interrupted their services."

Since the launch of PSN in 2006 we have never seen the network go down for a long period of time. As of the posting of this article Sony does not have a time indication on when the network service will be restored. This is not good news for the fans that have remained loyal to the Sony game consoles. Most owners of PS3 have chosen to pay a little more money for their box beacuse of the free online gaming network and the great performance of the previous PlayStation consoles. We have even stood loyal to our brand when Xbox took flight and we missed out on a few titles that were not offered to PS3 users. Yes we have stood by our brand through the thick and now the thin. I suppose we will wait a little longer.

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