PSN likely offline longer than anticipated
- Posted May 7th, 2011 at 17:01 EDT by Adam Dolge
- 122 Comments
While Sony said last Sunday it believed it would restore access to the PlayStation Network within a week, it now appears you will have to wait longer to play online, synch your Trophies, or chat with your friends. According to Sony’s latest update, via the PlayStation Blog, comprehensive security checks and testing are still required before the system is brought back online.
Sony did not officially delay the tentative schedule for PSN restoration, but the latest update certainly doesn’t sound promising. Patrick Seybold, senior director of corporate communications & social media for Sony Computer Entertainment America, reaffirmed Sony’s commitment to security. He said, “As you’ve heard us say, our utmost priorities are the security of the network and ensuring your data is safe. We won’t restore the services until we can test the system’s strength in these respects.”
On Thursday the news sounded a bit more promising as Sony said it was in the final stages of testing the new network. The same day CEO Howard Stringer apologized to the millions of PSN users through an online letter. All of this comes after last month’s attack on the PSN in which hackers allegedly stole more than 70 million users’ account details and potentially credit card information. Sony still does not believe hackers had access to users’ credit card details, but that hasn’t stopped them from providing yearlong security services to all those impacted by the attack.
“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,” Seybold wrote. “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.”
We've also heard rumors of a new security threat to Sony, but the company made no mention of this in its latest update.
- 12:07pm EDT - May 7th, 2011
Bs u are un aware of the implications.... 4 weeks??? 4 weeks with yur head up yur ass
- 12:08pm EDT - May 7th, 2011
Downer...How much is 360 right now?
- 12:13pm EDT - May 7th, 2011
they ar just making sure it is fixed
- 12:16pm EDT - May 7th, 2011
Im glad. Iv got 3 more weeks or exams, hopefully it will last till then :P
@2 I saw xbox slim 250gb with blops for £200. Very nice price. But then you goota pay for xbox live HAAAAAAAAA LOL.
- 12:17pm EDT - May 7th, 2011
By the time the server is back up half my online friends will be gone to xbox 360 i bet. come on sony please get this fixed. we all want to get back online some time before xmas.
- 12:24pm EDT - May 7th, 2011
DAM YOU MICROSOFT AND YOUR TRECHEROUS WAYS!!!!!! ( think about it... who gains from psn been off line???? )......
- 12:26pm EDT - May 7th, 2011
ive just tradded in for a xbox sod the psn
- 12:40pm EDT - May 7th, 2011
aw man..... damn you hackers DAMN YOU !!!!!!!!
- 12:48pm EDT - May 7th, 2011
u think that they would try to get it up and running before everyone gose to 360 wow psn i dont get why u have been donw for so long i mean a month is long e nuff for every one to have a 360 and be done with psn my brother has a 360 and he just thinks this is the funny ist crap ever i hate that i mean come on who wants ur brother to be better them u this sucks + i cant play online so and my comment wasint about me getting a 360 i will never get one ill never go there i was just say ing that this sucks cause my brother was makein fun of psn so i love psn ill never go to 360 and if i said that on my comment im sorry thats not what i ment and good luck with the wait i have had plans all month so i havint been frekin out about this its something that will go away and i can wait for that those who can u need help
- 12:59pm EDT - May 7th, 2011
Xbox here i come , Sony another customer leaving , You guys had better get the servers up soon b 4 you lose alot more !!
- 1:03pm EDT - May 7th, 2011
Not a shock really is it? Sony thought their SOE servers were bullet proof and I bet my bottom dollar that they were planning on emulating that set up, and when they realised they'd been hacked they had to go back to square one. I said this'd happen as did many other observers, between 1 and 2 more weeks I think. Sony need to start paying the dosh to get decent systems and give their network engineers the resources they need to do this.
- 1:13pm EDT - May 7th, 2011
so a bunch of people couldn't take 2 weeks of no online play and spent 200 bucks on the xbox plus the monthly pay plus the games? whoa you are the smartest most patient people ever
- 1:15pm EDT - May 7th, 2011
if any of u are really thinking of selling ur ps3 or already have just because of this then im glad. U guys dont deserve to have it then. This is when having a 360 and PS3 doesnt affect me if one of them are down. Maybe some of u should jump on the bandwagon of owning both.
- 1:25pm EDT - May 7th, 2011
@12 - The reason I sold off the PS3 earlier last week was not because of the inability to play online but because of the way Sony handled the situation. They waited a week before admitting "some" information was compromised, turns out everyone had their info. compromised.
Personally I'm not huge into online play to begin with, never have been but I do like DLC. The day before PSN went down I had decided to sell the 360 with my library of games and stick with PS3. The day after I went to pick up Mass Effect 2 (my favorite series on Xbox). The problem is that without access to PSN I could not enter the activiation code for the Cerberus Network to get the interactive comic to start the title.
Again, I can live without online and I can go without access to the store as well but the half truths from Sony and outright lies assured that I didn't want a PS3, don't care when it comes back online and know that it is only a matter of time before it is hacked again.
- 1:33pm EDT - May 7th, 2011
Well, not really....
- 1:34pm EDT - May 7th, 2011
Soooo tired of the system war BS these kind of articles dig up. Wayyy to many people who don't give a flying *uck about the PS3 in the first place, letting on like they're all up in arms about this and "jumping ship" to microsoft because of it. Bull.
- 1:36pm EDT - May 7th, 2011
AHHHH c'mon Sony. I'm getting bored of Xbox 360. Why is it taking you so long?
- 1:36pm EDT - May 7th, 2011
@14 yes i will agree with u that sony has not handled this whole situation well at all with misleading us with the timeline when it can come back online, etc... But im not giving up on sony yet cause of how successful they were before all this hacking started.
- 1:48pm EDT - May 7th, 2011
Gonna buy the 720
- 1:59pm EDT - May 7th, 2011
Anyone knocking Sony for not bringing it back online yet obviously has no idea how much of a threat a hacker could be to them. You can't just pick a date to bring back the servers that would be irrational. You have to make 100% sure the servers are safe before starting them back up to the public. Sony would have enough lawsuits to run them out of business if they just threw it back up without knowing.
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