With the PlayStation network down for over a week, PS3 subscribers may defect to Microsoft's Xbox Live for added protection from hackers and security breaches.
Many gamers are finding it dumbfounding that a video gaming network can have such an impact on normal day-to-day tasks. Over 77 million people collectively feel the bite of a systemic data encryption failure -- and it stinks!
With so many PS3 subscribers attached to the gaming co-op, potentially it is the largest identity theft calamity on record.
Following the seemingly purposeful delay in warning members of the data security breach, with the PlayStation network down, a large part of subscribers will defect to Sony's largest competitors.
In a recent survey of over 2,000 gamers to check the reactions to the Sony network outage, of the 41 percent who own a PS3 console, 89 percent of that population worry about the safety of their personal data.
What's more, a whopping 65 percent reported a loss of faith in Sony's ability to act in good faith, while 21 percent are thinking of defecting to Microsoft's Xbox Live on its 360 platform, according to The Escapist.
From the participants' responses, with the PlayStation network down since April 21, it has some work to do, not only track down the hacker(s); it has to do more to show PS3 subscribers its network is secure from any future data breach.
With the projected damage to its profits at about $24 billion, it's a small price to pay to revamp its system now even at the cost of innovation.
Weigh in. Will you defect to Microsoft's Xbox Live format if the PlayStation network remains down longer?
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