Today has been very eventful in terms of developments on the PSN crisis. Sony has been giving word to consumers all day about the status of the situation, and basically it seems that the company are starting to get to grips with the scope and degree of the situation. As of just a few minutes ago this update was posted:
“We wanted to update you on the status of our examination of the SOE system intrusion we announced last week. We have been conducting a thorough investigation and, to the best of our knowledge, no customer personal information got out to any unauthorized person or persons,” said SOE’s director of global community relations, Linda Carlson.
Obviously this may again be updated and possibly contradicted considering how long it took them discover the potential threat, but for now it seems PS3 users bank accounts are still protected.
A forum member on Engadget, claiming to be a SCE employee has said that Sony are planning or releasing a number of major features including cross game chat and in –game video chat with the large update that will accompany the rebooting of PSN (when it happens). As of now this is just a rumour but it would seem more than appropriate considering what has happened. Despite the crash not being Sony’s fault, many gamers feel the company should make up for the inconvenience of not being able to play online and use the network, particularly considering some major titles with online multiplayer functionality have recently come out.
Sony has estimated that everything will be running as normal again within a week, or ‘hope to get it fully restored within a week’. Cross your fingers then. The good news then is that we (hopefully) don’t have to worry about identity theft (this news caused the whole story to break onto national television…typical eh?), and we can expect some sort of good will token from Sony when the network is back online. The bad news is that this is costing Sony ridiculous sums of money every day PSN is down, some of the more cynical are now going to claim that Sony need to ‘rebuild their shattered integrity’, and no one can try out Portal 2’s co-op with the PC gamers.
That’s all the important stuff for now, but we’ll keep you in the loop.