PlayStation Network outage to last indefinitely

Written by Paul Goodhead

April 26, 2011 // 3:06 p.m.

Tags: #3 #gaming #hacking #intrusion #network #online #outage #playstation #playstation-network #ps3 #sony #xbox-360

The PlayStation Network has been out of order since late last Wednesday due to what Sony calls an ‘external intrusion,’ and the outage is showing no signs of being fixed any time soon.

In an announcement yesterday, Sony stated that the outage will last for an indefinite amount of time as the company has to entirely rebuild the system, which is a 'time intensive process.'

As if PlayStation owners haven't suffered enough, Sony also says that it's yet to determine whether or not any personal details were stolen by the outside intruder. These details could be anything from names and addresses to credit card information used to pay for products or services on the network.

Although some PlayStation owners view the outage as simply an inconvenience, its wider effect is already being felt. It has already affected the launch of Valve’s Portal 2, with PS3 gamers unable to connect to each other to play the game’s excellent co-op mode. The outage also has the potential to play merry hell with games that require online authentication, such as Capcom’s Bionic Commando: Rearmed 2, as you may not be able to reach the online servers to verify that your copy of the game is genuine.

Are you a part of the 75 million regular users of the PlayStation network that’s been affected? Have you had any problems playing older games that require online authentication? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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