We hate to keep going on about the week-long PlayStation Network problems, however as you can imagine it is probably the hottest topic on the web this week. Recently we read an article published by 360Magazine which asks the question: Could the PSN hacks mean the end of Sony?
Let’s start with the obvious, we think that the article is a little biased as it has been published by a Xbox 360-centric website, but the question is still a worthy debate especially as things like this have a tendency to snowball out of control.
It is inevitable that Sony will lose PlayStation 3 gamers over this problem, with some worried about credit card security and others getting serious withdrawals from online gaming we think that people will jump ship to PC and Xbox 360, but it’s not just this that is bad news for Sony.
Obviously some gamers will stay loyal to the PS3 and that is understandable, but we are worried about how unimpressed game developers and publishers will be by such an outage. Valve Corporation’s Portal 2 has probably been hit pretty hard by the down time as it hit the PSN on April 19th and the next day it was offline, surely this must have stunted sales through no fault of their own. Also the day Mortal Kombat 9 was released the PSN went down, people have waited for years for this game, and now must wait even longer unless they buy it for the Xbox 360.
We are worried about how this may affect Sony and the PlayStation Network in the future, if developers see the PSN as an inferior place to launch their games it could have massive repercussions in the long run. We could see exclusive DLC hit Xbox Live first and arcade games snub the PS3, this will result in revenue loss for Sony and ultimately could mean that Sony’s PSN will become unprofitable, also the more the PSN deteriorates the less people will want to pay for PSN+ access.
This article is massively speculative, however it is very hard to see how problems like this will affect things in the long run, we don’t think that it will mean the end of Sony, however we do think that it may result in the Xbox 360 being crowned the undisputed console of its generation. On the other-side of the argument we could see the PlayStation Network return better than ever we just don’t know what’s going to happen.
Do you think that the ongoing PSN outage will have a mass affect in the long run?