The PlayStation Network is said to have over 70 million users around the world, and with millions of them logging on, and being met with a message that points to the PSN being down, this will create some ill feeling.
It’s true you can play games offline, and the fact that the PlayStation Network is down will not affect many gamers, but it certainly causes problems for the PS3’s “Multiplayer-Only” games. These include temporarily unplayable games like SOCOM: Confrontation, Warhawk, Free Realms, and more. Some people just want to share trophies or check messages, which is also not possible during the PSN outage. You can get the latest update from Sony via the PlayStation Blog that states that the downtime is due to hackers, or exactly an “external intrusion”. How does that make you feel PS3 users?
The BBC also reports in detail about this prolonged PlayStation Network outage, and explain while it’s down, you will not be able to stream films from LoveFilm, another problem for Sony, which may see problems continue if users lose faith in the service.
PS3 users do not pay to access the PSN, not like the Xbox 360, but we wonder how many PS3 owners would pay money to help Sony to provide better security, if that is at all possible?
So to all those wanting to play games this Easter and being met with comments like “get a life” or “play offline”, remember its not that simple for some people, and PSN is tied into many of Sony’s services that do not work during outage.