Capcom: Playstation Network shut down costing it "millions"

The shut down of Sony's Playstation Network is approaching the three week mark and its becoming clear that the online PS3 console service's down time will cost Sony tons of money in both the short and long term. But it's not just Sony that's being affected. Other game publishers who use the network for things like online multiplayer services, downloadable content, demos and videos are also unable to use the service.

One of those publishers is Capcom and this week one of its executives, senior vice-president Christian Svensson, is speaking out on its own losses. In a post on Capcom Unity's message boards he states, " ... the resulting outage obviously costing us hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars in revenue that were planned for within our budget. These are funds we rely on to bring new games to market for our fans." He added that even as a game fan he is unable to play games online on the PS3 and purchase content via the Playstation Store, plus his personal info has now been compromised.

Ultimately, Svensson says in his note, " ... the hackers appear to be trying to 'punish' Sony for some perceived injustice, and they've been effective in that I suppose. But they're also punishing millions of other consumers and businesses which makes it impossible to be sympathetic to their 'cause''.

Sony's Playstation Network has been down since April 20 after Sony discovered that a cyber attack breached the network's servers and exposed the personal info of tens of millions of its users. Sony still doesn't have a firm date for the restoration of the online network.

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Except they can only distribute DLC content to PS3 users through the PSN Store. They can have all the contingencies in the world, but if Sony's single choke point fails, they're all useless.

Jenson said,
Yawn, surely they have a contingency and not relying purely on the hope that nothing happens with a third parties service?

Sony has designed their system so that a working contingency would be to not develop the game for the Playstation, but for another platform.

It's not like these developers can "develop around" their failing marketplace...

Unix2 said,
These hackers doing this kind of mess to Sony are not more or less than a real terrorist, they should be put in jail for years and pay back to Sony the millions of dollars in damage.

Terrorists? Sony strips features that people paid for on a regular basis, and yet they don't pay us back do they?

There's a reason why I sold my PS3. Stripping out Linux, stripping out backwards compatibility, stripping out things left & right.

Someone works on enabling homebrew, Sony then sues them.

Trust me Sony isn't innocent in this either.


Terrorists...pfft.

Unix2 said,
These hackers doing this kind of mess to Sony are not more or less than a real terrorist, they should be put in jail for years and pay back to Sony the millions of dollars in damage.

Corporations regularly get away with crimes but are swept under the rug because they buy people in power. Who is going to keep these people in check if the government won't?

Mountain Dew said,

Terrorists? Sony strips features that people paid for on a regular basis, and yet they don't pay us back do they?

There's a reason why I sold my PS3. Stripping out Linux, stripping out backwards compatibility, stripping out things left & right.

Someone works on enabling homebrew, Sony then sues them.

Trust me Sony isn't innocent in this either.


Terrorists...pfft.

Inaccuracy and failing to see from another point of view. Not baffling. I came to accept that sometimes, we are all blind.

Mountain Dew said,

Terrorists? Sony strips features that people paid for on a regular basis, and yet they don't pay us back do they?

There's a reason why I sold my PS3. Stripping out Linux, stripping out backwards compatibility, stripping out things left & right.

Someone works on enabling homebrew, Sony then sues them.

Trust me Sony isn't innocent in this either.


Terrorists...pfft.


For a start, Sony didn't advertise the feature (check their literature... thought not). Secondly, strips Linux from the firmware of the PS3 so you sold it... for what should I ask? If you didn't say "PC" then you get a complete facepalm from me.

testman said,

For a start, Sony didn't advertise the feature (check their literature... thought not).

http://manuals.playstation.net...ent/settings/osinstall.html

Further, and I'll quote you this http://www.playstation.com/ps3-openplatform/index.html
"By installing the Linux operating system, you can use the PS3™ system not only as an entry-level personal computer with hundreds of familiar applications for home and office use, but also as a complete development environment for the Cell Broadband Engine™ (Cell/B.E.)."

Well look at that, they do market not only LINUX! but Other OS AND development on linux...
And lets not forget, the actual feature WAS included in the menus on the PS3, its not like it was a hidden feature you had to go out your way to find. It was promoted as something to add to your PS3 experiance.

sagum said,

http://manuals.playstation.net...ent/settings/osinstall.html

Further, and I'll quote you this http://www.playstation.com/ps3-openplatform/index.html
"By installing the Linux operating system, you can use the PS3™ system not only as an entry-level personal computer with hundreds of familiar applications for home and office use, but also as a complete development environment for the Cell Broadband Engine™ (Cell/B.E.)."

Well look at that, they do market not only LINUX! but Other OS AND development on linux...
And lets not forget, the actual feature WAS included in the menus on the PS3, its not like it was a hidden feature you had to go out your way to find. It was promoted as something to add to your PS3 experiance.


Manuals are not marketing.

Mountain Dew said,

Terrorists? Sony strips features that people paid for on a regular basis, and yet they don't pay us back do they?

There's a reason why I sold my PS3. Stripping out Linux, stripping out backwards compatibility, stripping out things left & right.

Someone works on enabling homebrew, Sony then sues them.

Trust me Sony isn't innocent in this either.


Terrorists...pfft.

They've never stripped out backward compatibility... ughhh what a troll.

To elaborate: If the PS3 you supposedly had (if you actually ever had one) came with BC, it would still be there. It was also blatantly clear that the PS3's that do not have BC never had BC before consumers choose to buy them.

Poom said,

They've never stripped out backward compatibility... ughhh what a troll.

Maybe not in your country, but they did in ours mate... don't assume the whole world is the US and everywhere else doesn't exist. Sony's been screwing us for ages, and finally when someone else bites back, people whinge? No one company should have that much of an impact on any one persons/companies life/finances. If they do, that's a monopoly, and I'm pretty sure they're illegal...

CrimsonBetrayal said,

Maybe not in your country, but they did in ours mate... don't assume the whole world is the US and everywhere else doesn't exist. Sony's been screwing us for ages, and finally when someone else bites back, people whinge? No one company should have that much of an impact on any one persons/companies life/finances. If they do, that's a monopoly, and I'm pretty sure they're illegal...

Sorry but I'm not American and my PS3 was made for Hong Kong... More importantly, really!?!? Source please? I'm pretty sure you're talking about no BC in the newer models, which is perfectly fine IMO since they never come with BC in the first place, rather then "stripped off". You can't blame a company if you chose to buy a product that was never stated to have certain features in the first place...

The only way to pressure Sony to get the network back online faster is to pressure the game maker like EA by stop buying game and renting games. By hitting their wallet Sony will have to act.

lelouch859 said,
The only way to pressure Sony to get the network back online faster is to pressure the game maker like EA by stop buying game and renting games. By hitting their wallet Sony will have to act.

"boycotting" games is utterly ineffective.

lelouch859 said,
The only way to pressure Sony to get the network back online faster is to pressure the game maker like EA by stop buying game and renting games. By hitting their wallet Sony will have to act.

Sure lets RUSH them, in securing their network, that always ends well.

yeoo_andy_ni said,
Oh well, sometimes I'm glad that I'm a 360 user!

If Microsoft ****ed off a bunch of people Live would get hit too. It might not be as bad as PSN but still Live is not immunedjust because you pay for a subscription. Im sure Microsoft is learning from whats going on with Sony and taking extra preventive steps in just in case.

This will mean a rise in the price of DLC on the PSN network I'd imagine.

The bigger gripe I've had with SONY over the years is it's inability to inform users about features, support, changelogs, and just plain straight answering back to questions asked.

They are notorious for ignoring you at any chance they get.

I guess they can't ignore us now.

In the age of single point digital distribution, matchmaking, and content locks, its good to see the weakness in such systems.

Yeah, Capcom needs to make money on idiots from PSN DLC's like for skins and bonus battles that cost way more than they're actually worth when most are already on disc. C'mon Sony get your act together and fix this so they can put out more for people to buy.

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