We’re starting off Monday with no further information regarding when the PlayStation Network is expected to be back online. More importantly, we still don’t know if our account and payment information is secure. In the midst of this situation, Microsoft voiced its opinion on the outage to Electronic Theatre. Needless to say, Microsoft expected to benefit from Sony’s network issues.
A representative from Microsoft expressed sorrow for its competitors hardships, but was also quick to promote the Xbox 360 and its accompanying services.
- “That being said, we are expecting Microsoft’s robust online network to see an increase of traffic from those gamers who own both systems. Being able to play their games via the Xbox LIVE network could make all the difference for some gamers, and the Xbox Nations event will allow all of them to do just that – whether they have a Gold subscription or not.”
Over the weekend, Microsoft granted every Xbox Live Free member a taste of Xbox Live Gold, effectively giving them the ability to download more games, experience Netflix and of course, play games online.
Microsoft’s decision to open up Xbox Live Gold’s features couldn’t have come at a better time. PS3 players are very frustrated from not being able to play their favorite games online over the holiday weekend. Games such as Portal 2, Mortal Kombat and SOCOM 4 released very recently with important online components. The PlayStation Network outage may have very well pushed more gamers to Microsoft’s side for the time being. They’ll spend more money on Xbox Live while Sony continuously loses money.