Hack of PSN Downfall of Playstation Arm of Sony?

Filed Under: Tech/Videos/Video Games

Sony announced on the 14 of this month that they were starting to restore the Playstation Network which went down due to a hack attackPlaystation Network Logo that–according to Anonymous–wasn’t caused by them.

Despite my delusions of coolness, I am obviously NOT cool since the PSN–Playstation Network–hasn’t been restored to Steve the PS3. Now that I think about it, maybe that’s Tucker’s fault? I fear I’m being punished for his uncoolness.

Yet. Again.

Due to a conversation this morning with Tucker, I’ve been thinking about what impact this huge outage is going to have on Playstation as a whole.

According to a “by the numbers” piece Kotaku put together, there are 25 million registered users on the PlayStation Network though Kotaku is quick to point out the 25 million users doesn’t necessarily reflect the real number of people using the service. If even 1/2 of that number represents actual people, that’s still over 12 million folks who have been affected by this outage.

That’s a hell of a lot of pissed off gamers.

Not only has this left a nasty taste in the mouths of the users of the network but I suspect it’s also cast Playstation–and Sony–in a very negative light with developers and share holders.

YTD Sony stock price drop

From NASDAQ's site

I’ve been a Playstation fan since this dude was cutting edge and you have no clue how many hours I logged playing Lion King and Parasite Eve. Original Playstation All the while sitting right up in front of my TV since you couldn’t get too far from the system because of the cords.

Cords. Remember those?

Then there was the PS2, which I bought, and that console is STILL selling well.

1st gen ps3

Meet Steve, 1st Gen 20 GB Playstation 3

And then came the monolith that was the first gen of PS3. And we bought him–Steve–for way more money than I care to admit…even though he had no native wireless functionality. And I’m right about Steve not being able to connect to the internet via a wireless connection. Don’t argue with me on this like the ass at Best Buy cause I’ll make your manager bitch slap you and then you’ll have to apologize. There is a workaround if you’re wondering but Tucker did that and I don’t care enough to write about it.

But I digress.

I’ve been loyal to Playstation and I know other players have as well but Sony has had a hard time competing with Microsoft and the 360 is still outselling the PS3 with sales from launch to now showing the 360 with +3,403,408.

The whole affair makes me sad; I don’t want the PS3 to crash and die.

However, I can’t help but wonder what damage the PSN hack and credit card number thefts will cause.