The PSN return hits a snag
As we’re sure you’ve noticed, online functionality of any kind has yet to return to the PlayStation Network. Despite Kazuo Hirai’s encouragingly informative press conference last week, the announced plan to begin restoring online services has not commenced and there is reason to believe it may not begin any time soon.
In the latest development to come out of the collapse of the PSN, the date marking the resumption of online operations is unknown.
The most recent update on the situation via the PlayStation Blog had this to say:
“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. 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.” - Patrick Seybold Sr. Director, Corporate Communications & Social Media
This news is especially disheartening at a time when many had taken Sony for its word and were ready to happily embrace the return of the PSN with open arms.
All told PS3 owners don’t know which way is up at the moment. We can only stand in relative limbo waiting to again utilize the services inherent in our console purchase.
Obviously at this time no one can pin down a solid return date for the PSN but if a report featured on Bloomburg is accurate we should not expect swift action any time soon.
“The company is in the process of adopting an improved security system and its plan to restart the services fully by May 31 is unchanged.” - Shigenori Yoshida, Tokyo-based Sony spokesman
While it is becoming increasingly frustrating to get a handle on the situation for users, signs are mounting that indicate that Sony itself has yet to fully grasp the severity of the intrusion.
What do you think of the continuously developing ordeal? Is it now reasonable to believe that the PSN could still be down heading into the rapidly approaching June 7-9 E3 conference? If that were to happen what kind of effect would the negative press have on the PlayStation brand?