Bad information spreading on PlayStation Network’s return date: nothing new, folks

Sony has not mentioned a date for the restart of the PlayStation Network, which has been down since April 20. There is no new information about when the service will be back up, Seybold said. The exact restart date is a big deal because Sony’s online gaming service has more than 77 million registered users and many of them are anxious about when they can play online games again.

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Dart893136d ago (Edited 3136d ago )

Sony will turn it back on when they believe it's safe.But i see many people already complaining that they will switch to xbox bla bla would you guys rather have it turned on without it being safe and then being shut down within a few days or wait till they think it's right to turn it back online??

Edit:Wtf is up with the disagree??

sdtarm3136d ago

true, Im waiting anxiously, cant wait to use that PS+ discounts and my $50 PSN Card

InFAMOUS13136d ago (Edited 3136d ago )

Where did this $50 PSN card come from?

Have you been reading too much Kotaku???

@ Dart- Hater's gonna hate?

Lyr1c3136d ago

@ above

I think he purchased one before PSN went out and is just anxious to actually get to use it.

InFAMOUS13136d ago

@ Lyr1C... thank you.. That actually makes perfect sense!

@ disagrees... HATERS GONNA HATE!

Istanbull3135d ago

People are just ungrateful, first they said when Anon was DDOSing: "shut up, its Anon, they're fighting for our freedom"

Now the same anti-PS3 people whine about Sony not bringing the PSN back up, Karma is a B!TCH

And to all the people claiming to switch to 360: please switch so when PSN comes back online we dont have whiners

hesido3135d ago

[email protected] thinking they deserve STORE credit for the outage of a free service.

They will give you digital goods that can be produced out of thin air, but they WON'T give you store credit that would make them pay real dollars to 3rd parties. This wouldn't be the case if PSN store was made up ENTIRELY of Sony produced digital goods, but this is not the case. There are movies and games by other parties.

That said, Sony could have worked on securing PSN's online functionality first, disabling PSN store and any activity leading to purchases. So the return could have been step by step. I think they are trying to do it all in one go. Just disconnect the personal information database from the rest, and give us basic online functionality back, no?

NiKK_4193135d ago

Istanbull, you gave me an idea. Maybe Sony purposely shut it down to weed out all the impatient and immature kids so we could have a better online? I doubt that would be the case, but how cool would that be if all those people were gone when we logged on? Lol that would suck for 360 though, then they would be almost ALL like that

-MD-3135d ago

"[email protected] thinking they deserve STORE credit for the outage of a free service."

I don't get people like you. Most of us bought our PS3's because we wanted to go online with it. Maybe Sony should slap a sticker on the box that says PSN might be hacked for months at a time.

Theonetheonly3135d ago

I just wanna Activate portal on steam. :( the outage happened the DAY i bought portal 2 for an hour or so i thought my ps3 was broken. who'd have known this would've become a month long ordeal possibly more.

Something about the tortoise and the hare, is resonating with these last couple weeks.

rockleex3135d ago (Edited 3135d ago )

"Maybe Sony should slap a sticker on the box that says PSN might be hacked for months at a time."

Maybe car companies should slap a sticker on the car that says "this car may break down at times".

Or maybe Microsoft should slap a sticker on the box that says "this console may RROD at any time".

the_kutaragi_baka3135d ago (Edited 3135d ago )

sony please fix ur shit soon. i need to shoot some in the face on Killzone 3. lol. and we should get cool free shit from ps store for this inconvienence. and not some lame ass outfit for home either.

hesido3135d ago (Edited 3135d ago )


You didn't get me indeed.

I don't think we deserve store credits for it. I think we all deserve some compensation, but that AIN'T gonna be store credits, for the reasons stated above PLUS:

I forgot to mention that most people have 2-3 accounts to be able to download territory specific downloads. For example, just because you have made 10 free PSN accounts, you deserve to get 500usd? How can Sony detect bogus accounts? It creates more problems for Sony than it solves.


We do deserve a good gesture from Sony, which it will provide.

jeseth3134d ago

I'm just getting real tired of false dates and no results.

This has been embarrassing and frustrating.

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fluffydelusions3136d ago

I agree but many others won't

Wobbuffet3135d ago

I wonder if these guys will agree....

solar3135d ago

nothing like another whine cry IGN is ignorant news story on n4g. every pub is out to trash Sony!!!! how pathetic you so called "gamers" must feel.

jeseth3134d ago

C'mon Solar.

This situation is getting worse and worse. People have every right to be pissed and mad. And they are going to vent their frustration.

Sony deserves the heat they are getting. I'm a huge Playstation gamer and I am losing my patience now. What about people that bought MAG or DCUO? THey are totally f'd right now. I bought SOCOM and MK last Thursday when they said PSN would be back up by the end of last week. Now I have two new games that have huge multiplayer modes and I can't play multplayer.

So I'm getting a little ticked too. You tell people to stop whining, I suggest you stop being such a public defender. You don't sound very smart calling other gamers pathetic while you are defending a group that failed to have the proper safegaurds in place to thwart this "hack".

All the "gamers" want PSN back so they can GAME.

KarrBOMB3134d ago (Edited 3134d ago )


I agree that they are getting the heat they deserve, but I'm wondering why so many people here are so personally angered at this. Are all the PS3 fanboys on N4G 12 years old and mom and dad wont buy them another system? Why is it almost everyone here complains they can't play games online? Does anyone other then me own a PS3 and 360?

I'm right there with you on the whole SOCOM deal, I've been a fan since SOCOM 1 and would love to play online, but the new maps for Black Ops are amazing and are keeping me busy. So the PSN being down has no affect on me as most of my gaming time online is with the 360. I guess I'm just observing this, but it seems like a lot of people on N4G pretend to be adults when they live at home with mom and dad in reality. These people blindly defend a corp. because that's the only thing their parents bought them. I think Solar is just giving his perspective of things. But this is one of the reasons I play the 360 online, the blind loyalists that defended Sony are now turning on them because they have nothing else in life to do. These are a large number of the type of people on the PSN, and I prefer to avoid this as much as possible.

I'm not saying you don't get this on the 360, but I see way less of it.

*** If most of the kids here will ask mom and pops for another console for christmas, you can choose to be a gamer instead of a company loyalist. ***

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gaden_malak3136d ago

It's funny how people are outraged that all this happened and are now outraged it's taking so long to get it back.

Do you actually want your info to be safe or not?

hesido3135d ago

I don't know why they cannot bring back online functionality first, without tying the whole thing to our personal info database with our online activity.

Disable purchases, disable wallet funding, disable new PSN user creation, and give us back the basic online usage (of course after tidying up core security) without the return bonuses first.

After you believe you have the most secure database access ever, bring back full functionality, and give us the bonuses (PSN+ etc etc.) securely.

If Sony would announce that they would take a step-wise method, it would be much better.

TheBrit3135d ago

should have been a lot more safe in the first place.

gamingdroid3135d ago

Security starts at the planning phase. You can't just secure portions of a system and expose the rest.

Think of it is as layers in an onion. You start building it from the core out, layer by layer. Exposing the inner layers is a security risk.

It doesn't surprise me at all the outage is going on this long. It was surprising to me that reports are coming in that it would be back up so soon suggesting a band aid fix. However, this is good news!

JD_Shadow3135d ago

How many times are we going to hear this excuse?

Yes, I want my online experience to be without anyone that would be ready, willing, and able to take my personal information for malicious purposes.

But at the same time, Sony has yet to even give us a target date or a deadline to when they expect everything to be done and back for us to play. I understand the wanting to keep people's identity safe and all, but we've gone for nearly a week without any word about ANYTHING unless it's them saying "oh, there's nothing new to report on this" and leave us in the dark about what's taking so damn long. If they want to make sure everything is okay, or if they needed to start from scratch, then come out and SAY that instead of leaving us wondering what the hell is going on. Why is that so hard for Sony to do? They don't have to tell us everything, but they need to tell us SOMETHING other than the BS they have done throughout this mess.

It's not going to help anyone's cause if we PS3 gamers are at each others throats about whining about "biased media", or "whiny gamers who cannot understand what Sony must do", etc. Yes, we get that they were hacked, and yes, we do blame whoever did it for taking it down. But why is it that getting rid of the "PS3 must die" crowd means we have to stop calling Sony out when they have to be, as well? Why is it that anyone who dares call Sony out about their handling of this situation met with so much venom on this site from the fanboys with nothing better to do than to drown out any real debate? I don't know why it has to be!

In short, your post is part of the problem, not the solution.

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actas1233136d ago (Edited 3136d ago )

Not sure why everybody is excited for. I mean is that good news? or bad news? Even with the deadline still it means it will take another three weeks for restoration of service and that is completely unacceptable. I don't know what retarded security team they hired for that but it really shouldn't take this long

mac_sparrow3136d ago (Edited 3136d ago )

thank god you know the inner workings of such a large network, otherwise I wouldn't have given your opinion any credence.

yeah the downtime sucks, but let's just get on with it.

--------3135d ago

If it takes a month...Sonys fucked.

limewax3135d ago (Edited 3135d ago )

Have you ever personally sat there and created a network to hold 70 million accounts, with up to a possible 24 million users at one time, while handling purchases and security info that is already being threatened to be attacked again so needs to be extremely solid.

Yes its taking ages, but a lot of people dont seem to understand the technicality of it. No matter what company this was going to take ages, Have a think about how long MS work on each dashboard update

mac_sparrow3135d ago

ah look at the disagrees, seems I'd have got less of them if I'd played the blame game and called someone a retard.

Oh well, we live and learn.

NeoTribe3135d ago

You've rebuilt a online gaming network before? Quick call them right now and tell them u got this shit!

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flankhim3136d ago

It will be back before E3.

n4gisatroll3136d ago

Like I've said before, it better be or it will b an embarrassment, not to mention stupid they would waste time at a conference with a network that not up. I really want it up sooner then later but I have a feeling it's going to take awhile.

Rusco873136d ago

You think they would be aiming for a day or two before the LA Noire release, with all it's dlc pre order incentives. People with both ps3 and xbox might be changing their order from the single blu ray to the 3 disk xbox copy to get their dlc along side the launch

MTEC83135d ago (Edited 3135d ago )

Hope its back up by this weekend, just hurry up. This is taking way too long.

llMurcielagoll3135d ago (Edited 3135d ago )

I dont know why you got that much disagrees but I think it is probably trolling disagrees lol.

Bubbles up, well said.

MostJadedGamer3135d ago (Edited 3135d ago )

Sony MUST have PSN fixed before E3. That can NOT go into E3 with PSN still being down or it will be absolutely distasterous for them.

iNFAMOUZ13135d ago

No it wouldn't I doubt it will even have an impact. This is buisness and everyone knows they have this problem, its not new news.

jeseth3134d ago

No impact?

If Sony doesn't have this up at E3 Microsoft will add to their presentation that they have the "most secure" online gaming experience.

Its bad enough they have ammo with what has already transpired . . . if PSN stays like this until E3, they are f'd.

Plus, with more and more games coming out they are losing sales. People aren't going to go out and get those day 1 sales because there is no PSN.

This situation is getting worse by the day.

madpuppy3135d ago

@Dart89, Who cares if they "switch to xbox" that will mean less whining babies to deal with online when PSN it is finally up.

Plus, they can enjoy all the wonderful kinect games as well as the "extensive" line up of exclusives that are flying out of all the MS owned first and second party studios. /s blah.

Exydoz3135d ago (Edited 3135d ago )

well Sony should care if they lose costumers, this has not been handled well, it's been down for THREE WEEKS already and they can't even commit to having it back up and running within the next three weeks, now thats f-ing BS...

madpuppy3135d ago

@Exydoz, It's gonna' take as long as it takes, being all pissed off and threatening Sony is NOT going to return the service any faster. It's not like they are sitting on their collective hands at Sony laughing about how nobody has service and that besides themselves, all their partners are losing millions of dollars.

The vitriol and threats do nothing and are a waste of time. what do YOU want? the servers back up configured inproperly and poor security? or a properly secured and configured system that runs smoothly?

It's not like they are reinstalling windows on one system for god sakes!!

JD_Shadow3135d ago (Edited 3135d ago )

1. Which group is the one doing the "vitriol", as you put it? Every time I so much as say Sony should share some of the blame for handling this like a bunch of jackwagons, I get nothing less that a full on assault on me by the usual trolls calling ME one! You're confused on who's supplying the hate (either that or you think only one side is capable of it).

2. Umm...if angry consumers who speak up about Sony's lack of urgency and transparency are not going to motivate them to move a bit faster at this because we're starting to get impatient, then Sony has more problems than just getting hacked. Like I said above, I get that Sony was hacked and it might take a bit to get things back up, but that didn't mean that when I give them an inch they take a mile! At the very least give us some update as to why you're taking so long. If it needs to be rebuilt completely, then say that. You can say something without revealing every little detail.

It took Sony a week after the fact to notify ANYONE that they were at risk of identity theft from this. I understand the investigation and all, but they should've been a LOT more upfront even considering THAT!

And this hacking thing all happened while Sony was busy trying to screw Hotz over (with all the fanboys approving of the screwing).

*waits for the usual kids to try to disagree with me by saying the same things we've heard and gone over ten million times like they're a WoW bad toon bitching for dungeon nerfs all the time...all while saying I'm somehow against other POVs by saying that*

orange-skittle3135d ago (Edited 3135d ago )

Dart89, you got disagrees for being a fanboy. Is Sony going reimburse all those Netflix subscribers? Of course people are going to go to XBL since Sony hasn't stated when they will return service. They can return service in a month and you will still stand behind them...Why? Because you're a fanboy! This is totally unacceptable. People have games that they cant even play because the service has been down for 3 weeks. 90% of the games made today use MP to extend the life of the product. Without MP, a lot of these games would be back in the sleeves from which they came in.

iTwisteDi3135d ago

Do u even have Netflix? ??.. I watch movies just fine

orange-skittle3135d ago (Edited 3135d ago )

Naaah, I dont have Netflix, I just said that so that I can be like the cool kids. Why would I lie about having it for PS3 if I have it for XBL? If you're a subscriber, you have it for anything that can stream it MR. I NEED A FOLLOWING ON N4G. Does that make any damn sense? It worked fine for the first week or so and then it stopped. Now it just says CONNECTING.....RETRIEVING TITLES....(TRY AGAIN)
Before when it asked for your PSN sign in, you could hit "O"(back) and bypass it...but not anymore. Now that XBL has Hulu PLUS...I am just fine w/ Netflix and Hulu. About to lower my Directv bill

Biggest3135d ago

How can you lie about like that? Netflix has not been bothered by the PSN being down.

InfiniteRetro3135d ago

lol you're a gimp. you're complaining that a network breach caused by criminals is down and yet ppl PAY for xbox live. xbl gold must be maintained as a subscription or all those 90% of games you own on xbox wont have working multiplayer functionality. guess what, when psn is back up, its still gonna be free to play online lol how you like having your games held for ransom ROFL

JD_Shadow3134d ago


So how was you able to do this? I tried it and it told me I had to sign into PSN to be able to use it! Of course THAT isn't going to happen right now!

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tplarkin73135d ago

Sony is doomed if they don't get PSN running in the next few days. May 31 will be way too late.

Ricco-Warrior3135d ago

they should deny it, sounds like they want to wait till july 31 to put back up after they show they new content at E3( which i'm going because i've been such an ass and rewarding myself in doing so )


wow, another article about NOTHING NEW.... geeez calm down everyone

Ateanboy3135d ago

yea.. its true.. I havent played my ps3 for a MINUTE, but as soon as dem servers come back up imma start again. I jus been real busy with things... know what i mean?.. jail & shit... but im back!!!!!!

SephireX3134d ago (Edited 3134d ago )

Though how can one not accuse Sony of incompetence for having such a weakly secured online service? Sure the hackers caused the problem but they wouldn't have been able to do anything if PSN was properly secured. Even though I don't like M$, something like this has never happened to Live where it has been offline for weeks and the personal information of its users stolen. A lot of people with both consoles who didn't subscribe to Live before, probably have started to do so now. Though I think a lot of people will still stick with PSN, if Sony can manage to properly secure it this time. Sony are very lucky this didn't happen in the fall. Imagine having Uncharted 3 and not being able to play online? Thus, they really need to secure the PSN now and ensure this doesn't happen ever again in order to keep the trust of their customers.

razrye3134d ago

I agree with you. These things need to be sorted out properly.

50Terabytespersec3134d ago (Edited 3134d ago )

I will wait this out in the meantime i am playing GT5 in 1080p none the less , all i can say is wow!
The photo travel sections wow,and with amazing off road courses who need online gaming?
this is where it is at!!
Also why no coverage on the new Motor storm ? and yet all this tired coverage of PSN ?
let Sony do what it feels best and is safe for all of us and the continuity of their network.
What happened to PSN,happened for a reason and with that We get to get out perhaps and exercise or do something else with this offline time!

Remember the days of Sega Genesis when games were games and the days of actually had friend over at your house or you played a few late nights and went out with friends. now we stay home get fat and eat late play online all night and are afraid of women and binge and have blood sugar problems and have no culture of financial or political knowledge of what is going on around us!
how about this PSN downtime be used as a positive?
too much Technology can help as well as harm human lives.

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blackburn103136d ago

As long as it is before May 31 that's fine. PSN is not the basis of a PS3 thank goodness. Sony was smart to make it an entertainment center as well as a gaming system and to not skimp on the SP for their games. Don't get me wrong. I want PSN back too. I am itching to get Outland and get a crack at it. I hate the hackers who did this.

actas1233136d ago ShowReplies(1)
NBT913135d ago

If you have patience, you are not a true gamer XP.
Nah I kid of course, all I really used PSN for was to play multiplayer which was not a whole lot anyway, most of the time I was just signed in for the sake of being signed in I think.
But it is definitely a large part of the PS3 and perhaps they are denying the 31st deadline because it might be up much sooner? I always thought it was a bit strange to go from "within a week" to "within a month"

The_Ultimate_Guy3135d ago (Edited 3135d ago )

@ actas123

I have a 360 also. F* PSN. It can be down forever as far as I am concerned. Maybe "games" shouldn't limit themselves to just 1 console and be flaiming fanboys on a website dominated by those we do not speak of. That way situations like this are less of a concern.

Too_many_games3136d ago

i have been using Netflix on PS3 since the outage but now i cannot connect. Can anyone try to see if they can connect please?

UltimateIdiot9113136d ago (Edited 3136d ago )

On it right now, no issue.

It is running a bit slow but it works.

cr33ping_death3136d ago

yeah.... i seem to of run into the same problem.... gives me an error code :( noooooo

chaos-lockheart3136d ago

I thought you can watch it on a pc? or anything with a browser?

orange-skittle3135d ago (Edited 3135d ago )

It doesnt matter if I can watch it on PC just like anything else. The point is I want to watch it on my 55 inch plasma for which is connected to my PS3. Thats the point. Without PSN, Netflix is useless. At least with XBL you have, facebook, Twitter, Hulu PLUS, ESPN, and Netflix. And like I stated earlier...YES I CAN USE MY PC, BUT THATS NOT THE POINT

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-Alpha3136d ago (Edited 3136d ago )

"Despite earlier reports claiming the PlayStation Network would be up and running by May 31"

What reports? The ones our credited journalists made? It was clear Sony never said PSN was coming the 31st

Motorola3136d ago

I saw a forum post on the official forums a MOD posted that PSN will be 100% up by May 31st. In parenthesis behind that sentence though it said. Online play returning first or something of that nature

Esena3136d ago

Wait is this article saying there simply is no deadline, or is it saying that they think it will take longer than May 31st?

-Alpha3136d ago


My bad if that's true, but I remember Sony saying that their services generally (not PSN specifically) would be online by the 31st, and I think an article on here made it sound like it was PSN that was going to be coming the 31st. Maybe I'm not recalling correctly

Fil1013136d ago

totally agree with you and from what I read i'm sure the big wigs at sony said that they were hoping to restore ALL PS3 SERVICES BY 31st may