Calling Them Out: Microsoft on PSN Outage
Posted on Monday, June 13 @ 12:54:22 Eastern by Daniel Bischoff
I don't need to lecture you on the cost of the PlayStation Network to the user. I also don't need to tell you that Microsoft charges $60 a year for their online service. Yes, the PSN went down for about a year. Yes, Sony could have done more to improve security of their online platform. Honestly, you have to give them a pass: if a hacker wants in, they'll get in.
Microsoft took the time at E3 2011 to sound off on the PSN outage and what it means for the game industry. While I'd expect them to talk trash about Sony and their online network, I never expected I'd here some of these words:
That's Microsoft's COO Dennis Durkin. I'll start here and say that I don't trust Xbox Live or Microsoft at all. When the system I'm using doesn't let me remove my fucking credit card number, there's no trust. So, Durkin, you're wrong on that point.
Durkin, strike two. If you're seriously trying to tell me that you keep Xbox Live cheat-free or hack-free, you need only look at the game that garners your highest level of online traffic. Here's a hack for you or do you remember this one? This is so goddam stupid. You can't possibly be serious.
OK Durkin, enough from you. Is there someone else from Microsoft we can talk to?
That's Mircrosoft VP for Xbox Live, Mark Whitten. Where are you going with this Mark?
At least Mark is willing to say what everyone in the industry is thinking. "We don't want anyone to go through what Sony's going through." What this really translates to back at Microsoft HQ is "Thank God it wasn't us."
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