Many gamers will admit that 2011 is a major year for Playstation. The announcement of NGP in conjunction with the unrelenting amount of exclusives for PS3 really highlight the fact that this really is the year of the PS3. My support for this argument wavered this week but I continue to realize that 2011 will be a massive year of growth for the PS3 as a platform. This week the PSN was cruelly attacked and rendered obsolete in comparison to the robust network which the Xbox 360 enjoys. PSN was entering a new realm of evolution as the network slowly began to prove a worthy competitor to Xbox Live, introducing many of the features which were prevalent on Live but at no extra cost to the consumer. PSN in conjunction with Playstation Plus really seemed to tip the balance in favor of Sony's offerings but unfortunately the house of cards collapsed. However, that house can be rebuilt to withstand the next inevitable attack.
PS3 will still bask in the glow of a banner year compared to other consoles and a price cut will launch sales through the roof. E3 is the stage and Sony needs some positive PR to reverse the situation. As soon as the newly rebuilt PSN triumphantly returns, the media will find another story to devour. The gaming industry cannot afford to lose Sony, either can gamers.