Online cripples Holiday gaming

Sony, on three days of PlayStation Network outage:

PlayStation Network is back online. As you probably know, PlayStation Network and some other gaming services were attacked over the holidays with artificially high levels of traffic designed to disrupt connectivity and online gameplay. This may have prevented your access to the network and its services over the last few days.

“Some other network” is Xbox Live, which were up on Friday. This is not the first outage for any of these services, but so far Sony’s been the one lagging behind. Reliance on online services is something that’s proving troublesome, with games needing a connection to work, not just for online play. While that’s not necessarily the case for all console games, so many features are online dependent these days – where online often is a centralized network such as PlayStation Network – it’s obvious that the suppliers of these networks aren’t up to the task.