According to a Microsoft representative:
“Of course it’s regretful that Sony is encountering issues at such a busy time, and Microsoft takes no joy in the problems gamers are having playing their favourite games online.”
The rep goes on to say that Microsoft expects Xbox Live usage to increase as a result of Sony’s woes.
“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.”
Gamers who are left in the cold as Sony works on re-securing its PSN will likely turn to Xbox Live to get their fix of online gaming. I know there are a lot of Call of Duty: Black Ops addicts out there and waiting for PSN to go back up (which could be days) isn’t going to fly with them.
There’s also a lot of chatter about whether or not Sony should compensate gamers for the PSN downtime. Given that PSN is free, unless you subscribe to PlayStation Plus, Sony’s not really obligated to owe gamers anything. We’ll see how this whole thing ends up. But as of right now Anonymous says it wasn’t them.