PSN has added 3 million users since hack

Sony CEO Howard Stringer touts recovery of PlayStation Network in the months since outage, says sales have exceeded pre-hack levels.

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In April, Sony's PlayStation Network came under attack from a group of hackers that exposed the personal information of the system's 75 million users and brought parts of the service down for more than a month. During Sony's annual shareholder meeting in June, CEO Howard Stringer said that more than 90 percent of the user base had returned.

Sony CEO Howard Stringer.

This week, Howard turned the page on the whole incident, saying that the PSN is not just back but has actually grown by more than 3 million users since coming back online. According to a report on GameSpot sister-site CNET News, Stringer dropped the news during an address at the IGA electronics show in Berlin this week.

"This year, we at Sony have been flooded, we've been flattened, we've been hacked, we've been singed," Stringer said. "But the summer of our discontent is behind us."

Stringer also emphasized that the PSN is "more secure and better than ever," saying sales on the service have exceeded what they were before the hacking occurred.

The executive isn't the only Sony employee who's gotten over the hacking already. At the Develop conference in July, Media Molecule creative director Mark Healey told GameSpot the outage actually helped the Little Big Planet developer.

"Because Sony offered LBP1 as a freebie, the number [of people in the game's online community] rocketed up. I imagine a lot of the creators were just sort of, 'OK, I'm just going to make something ready to unleash when it comes back on.'"

Discussion

159 comments
kaiserzero61
kaiserzero61

16 downvotes to my previous comment. LOL I only spoke the truth in that comment. Sony should invest more in their security. Sony fanboys are a sensitive bunch.

ferntfactor
ferntfactor

Raxyman said: @ferntfactor Yeah, but when you look on a different way is more or less like this. Sony's experient on consoles, therefore their console is superior than the Xbox, but Microsoft deals with computer and network, therefore the live is better than the PSN. I have both too, bought the PS3 a month ago actually XD. good observations, Raxyman.

CWEBB04z
CWEBB04z

A lot of people have 2 or more PSN accounts. Nothing new here.

dstv
dstv

The PS4 won't have free online play ....trust me sony is a company just like microsoft ......also, money talks

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Ahhh haters will be haters. Good on Sony I say. And welcome to the community all 3 million of you :)

sartnd
sartnd

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Gamerfan2011
Gamerfan2011

nice great 4 you sony reallly like u hope it gets even better, starting to look up 4 sony and i 4 1 am glad because the ps3 is a really good system tried 360 before ended up srewing me over so thats y i really support the ps3 and will always be a fanboy to it. So keep going sony n dont listen to any of those haters out there.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

To respond to some people lower down. I had a stint with the Xbox 360 a few years ago, Live gets a lot of hype but personally I was very disappointed with the service. I bought the system for exclusives such as Gears Of War, Halo and Left 4 Dead mainly, played them online and all of them suffered terrible lag online; Halo and Gears would actually kick me out of their servers even with the necessary ports forwarded. My connection isn't great but it's average and performs fine on online PS3, Wii, DS and PC games, I've not been kicked out of any game on these systems off the same router. I set my Live account up whilst I was in the UK, I moved to France only to find because my account was linked to the UK, I could not purchase things from the store whilst I was in France; this was an issue because I lived there at the time. I'd decided to sell the 360 for the above reasons and because my first Xbox 360 broke after 1 month of normal usage and the replacement Microsoft sent me had a faulty disc tray that scratched 2 of my discs beyond use; great... to put this in perspective I had a PS3 of 3 years old and a Wii of 4 years and both had regular usage and still work to this day fine. As I was saying, I sold the 360 having deleted my account of it only to find a few months later Microsoft charging me for Live without my permission, I spent hours on the phone trying to get through to an actual person before the problem was resolved.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@demonic_85 The whole hacking issue was blown up out of proportion, hackers made the firmware so hackers can break it, no matter how good it is. Your stuffs as safe as it would be with any account based service such as Amazon, Ebay or Steam. The security's been upgraded and next to nothing was actually gained through the breakthrough; not to mention the fact that credit card companies are always vigilant anyway. You shouldn't be so worried; if you are that worried about it delete your card info after every purchase too. @dstv Sales are strong as well though, if they weren't your point may have proven viable. I highly doubt Sony will charge for online, PS Plus is completely optional and the PS3 model has always focused on the free online gaming aspect a lot. I don't see it happening.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

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theKSMM
theKSMM

I suspect there are more PSN users as a result of the PS3 price reduction that happened this summer than because of any direct changes to PSN. And it was pretty predictable one PSN+ debuted that eventually all the "good stuff" would show up for PSN+ first.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@dstv I believe that also. I know a lot of people don't want that, including myself, but I think it is bound to happen. They see the $$ Microsoft is raking in with Xbox Live, and when one company is making lots of money in a market, others are soon to follow. They already started with this PSN+ and they are starting to make more and more items PSN+ exclusive. It may not happen with the PS3, but I think it will with Sony's next console.

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

bah, of course they got more 3 mil users. Why wouldn't they? Unless they had stop selling consoles all together, they will always have new users everyday.

demonic_85
demonic_85

Yes but how many have they lost? I never went back after the hack as I no longer trust them with my info. My PS3 has become a just a glorified blu ray player.

krizalidzero
krizalidzero

Why wouldn't it! It's a very good service and paid or not it would have been hacked anyways!

dstv
dstv

PSN is slowly becoming a paid subscription service like xbl .....PSN+ is just the start

dstv
dstv

Most people have at least 4 accounts sooo....

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@jdlmfao127 Yeah, it seems like some people will down a product, even if they haven't ever experienced it. I checked his profile, but there weren't any games listed on his profile, other than PS3 ones he follows(sartnd), so I assume that's the only platform he plays. Its good to support what you play, or own, but I really think you can't knock a service until you try it. I feel your pain though jdlmfao127

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

Just goes to show you people don't know better. That's also why you're seeing the DLC situation becoming progressively worse.

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

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jdlmfao127
jdlmfao127

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Gigaman222
Gigaman222

I use my home computer for most of the functions that PS3 or Xbox360 have. The only real online portion I use for either system is to play a game online. So in sense, PS3 is a better buy for what I do, considering its free. Just cant understand why microsoft charges for what a normal home computer can do.

DARKNESSxEAGLE
DARKNESSxEAGLE

Xbox Live would be better... if it didn't cost infinitely more than PSN. This argument has simply turned into an instance of people not wanting to admit that they were wrong.

sartnd
sartnd

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sartnd

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zidan4000
zidan4000

@godzillavskong yup , XBL is still a light year ahead of PSN.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@SecularSage I've had my PS3 for over 7 months now, and I have yet to "defect", or prefer it over Xbox Live. It doesn't offer the same experience in my opinion, not to mention the interface seems more clunky to me. To each his own, but I know more PS3 gamers who have purchased 360's, mainly for Xbox Live.

sartnd
sartnd

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CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

I've always said how many of those who played the outraged gamer card after the breach, just hand their credit card over to a waiter or bartender, and just watch them walk away with it.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

[QUOTE="DarthMallrat"]PlayStation is an unstoppable force.[/QUOTE] Umm yeah, cause Sony had such a handle on that network breach back in April. :roll: I agree with some of the others...those 3 million are probably the people who can't retrieve (or don't want to) their accounts and started a new one. If that's the case: Really? Going back for more huh? wow...

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

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Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

And who are those? Chineese people using the ones that were stolen? Jokes aside: maybe now SONY you will make a proper Store in Europe; it's rubish compared to the american one.

mack10
mack10

3M users added, how about all those that left?

Taix34
Taix34

I Just Signed up for PSN like a week ago im Glad I Did :)

Fritzzland
Fritzzland

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Fritzzland
Fritzzland

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GameBeaten
GameBeaten

I need to get a new PS3 since the one I had since '07 broke down.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

I still plan on getting a PS3 (already have a 360) but I will not be using the PSN for any reason. And @Fritzzland: and what is it you're pretending to do? Because commenting on the topic above is definitely NOT one of them... :roll: hypocrite.

Fritzzland
Fritzzland

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Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

This is good to hear. I wish nothing but the best for PSN. Seeing as Live cost money except the free version that is free but ya get NOTHING.. lol Best of luck PSN hope it gets all the support now that its better than ever

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@kaiserzero61 actually they have done that already that is why the psn was down for so long

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@hoehlenmensch use those psn cards and there is a very small chance that your info was taken

ShadowMoses900
ShadowMoses900

PSN is an awesome network just like Xbox Live, it's all just a prefrence as to what you prefer. No service is "better" than the other, yes Live has some more features but not everyone cares about that stuff. For some people it is, neither one is "wrong" I wish people would realise this...

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

sounds like good news to me... ^_^