With every big company there is going to be thee occasional hiccup and when you are an arm of a large company like PlayStation is to Sony, hiccups tend to happen quite frequently. But it’s not how many problems or errors you have with your company, it’s what you do to fix that problem and show your consumer that you have the situation under control. This is where Sony PlayStation has stumbled in the past couple years with the announcement of PlayStation Store getting hacked and the sad down fall of the PlayStation Move.
“Sony has warned PS3 owners with PlayStation Network accounts that there has been “a possibility of unauthorized access to personal information on the PLAYSTATION Store through PCs, a content download service of the PLAYSTATION Network.” In other words, some folks hacked the PC PlayStation Store and may have had access to users’ account information.” (Roper)
Always being connected and having social interaction has become one of the most important things in the gaming industry. So when the PlayStation Store was hacked in 2008 PlayStation had quite a mess on their hands and really hadn’t a clue of what to do. All while the Xbox and Xbox Live flourished and began to leave PS3 in the dust.
“As we reported earlier this week, Sony revealed PlayStation Move’s sales figures at a Move-centric GDC panel. Move has shipped 10.5 million units so far, which seemed to please Sony’s Gabe Ahn during his discussion.” (Moriarty)
Now 10.5 Million units of the PlayStation Move may seem like a large number to you and me, but from how many PS3 units have been sold in the wild it comes out to be a colossal failure. With the popularity of the Nintendo Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360 tried very hard to jump on the bandwagon with move like features with their systems, but could never meet the popularity.
In the end, PlayStation over the past couple of years has had some failures that have made the company look at what they do in many different lights. So much so, that they have made some extremely large strides in their online services and move integration. Sony PlayStation as implemented services such as PlayStation Plus where users pay a one-time fee or monthly subscription to gain access to some of the most popular games and movies at a discount. And as for the PlayStation Move the company has listened to its hardcore fan base and started to focus on just gameplay experiences that use the Dual-Shock controller, but still gives the second option to use the Move. Sony PlayStation is an intelligent company and will continue to have issues, but from the looks of it can always seem to find nice solutions to their problems.
Moriarty, Colin. “PlayStation Move Development Successes, Failures.” IGN Entertainment. 3 3 2012: n. page. Print. <http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/03/09/playstation-move-development-successes-failures>.
Roper, Chris. “PlayStation Networked Hacked.” IGN Entertainment . 28 3 2008: n. page. Print. <http://www.ign.com/articles/2008/03/28/playstation-networked-hacked>.