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Five Reasons Why PSN’s Return Might Be Taking So Long

by Ernice Gilbert on May 11th, 2011, under Article, Hot, PSN, Sony

Are you not infuriated at Sony? Because I know I am. The PlayStation Network was hacked three weeks ago, and Sony’s yet to bring back the service online, and the entire industry’s feeling the blow. Developers are feeling it too, with Capcom now complaining of “millions” in lost revenue. But at the end of the day, no one feels the pain more than Sony. Its install base is pretty disgruntled, some are leaving to join Xbox Live, and the media is pumping bad press to millions of potentials consumers.

There must be reasons why PSN is not back online, reasons maybe beyond the hardware giant’s control, or reasons that will benefit gamers when the service is finally back online. Maybe cross-game chat, a new XMB. It could be that the firm is still trying to secure the service? Five potential reasons are below the break, let’s find out.

XMB Revamp

This one would send PS3 gamers leaping for joy as most are displeased with PSN’s boring XMB. Could it be that Sony’s overhauling the full thing, and it’s taking longer than they anticipated? Rumor has it PSN’s return will surprise us all.

Unforeseen Issues

You know, it could be anything. Sony might be experiencing difficulties that were unforeseen. Things they never anticipated while rebuilding the network might have occurred. The damage done could be more substantial than they’re leading us to believe, and there probably needs to be a full reboot of the entire system.

Cross-Game Chat/In-Game Video Chat

Sony could also be implementing a host of features like a rep said here. “As we are rebuilding the network, we are taking into consideration implementing features such as cross-game-chat and in-game video chat to name a few. I cannot confirm any new features at this time but expect a massive update when the network is restored,” the rep said.

Implementing such excellent features surely would take Sony more time, as they need to be integrated into the entire network, and testing must be done to make sure that bugs are dealt with, and that there are no hiccups when PSN is finally turned on. I imagine they’re testing and retesting, making sure all is well. It would be really bad if Sony turned on the network and have to shut it down immediately.

PayPal Integration

Since the breach, gamers have vowed never to use their credit cards on PSN ever again, and have said they’ll only use PSN cards. Some have even called for a PayPal option to make payments. Could it be Sony’s also implementing PayPal into PSN? It’s yet another possibility.

They Can’t Fix The Problem

There’s been all sorts of talk around gaming’s web concerning PSN, but no one’s ever questioned if Sony could truly find and fix the problem. Are they, in fact, struggling to get the network to function like it should? Was the damage greater than firstly thought? Will the service ever be the same again? All valid questions, but Sony’s not really answering…

It could truly be any of the aforementioned and even more reasons I’m sure. I do think, however, that the firm could do a much better job with PR. The updates on the PS Blogs are rather stale and boring…Where’s Kevin Butler? Or how about sending emails to each PSN user on a regular, notifying them in a detailed fashion of what’s happening, and not stringing us along like unlearned pets.

Say something more substantial, Sony. Our patience is wearing thin.


  1. Wed, 11th May 2011 at 12:20 pm

    all updates are the same on ps blog we need new info

  2. Wed, 11th May 2011 at 12:24 pm

    True. We need to know when it’s coming back! That’s what we need to know…

  3. Thu, 12th May 2011 at 4:11 am

    there not going to say when its back simply because when they do and its wrong people start crying like its the end of the world!
    i doubt there doing anything more then filling in all the holes in the system.
    ill be shocked if we see much different once its back.

  4. Thu, 12th May 2011 at 7:07 am

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