Sony has encountered some connectivity problems during this year’s Black Friday as PSN suffered an outage of service once again. Users had problems when attempting to connect to their accounts in order to play their recently bought games online or even watch videos or listen to music.
This service hiccup was claimed to be an attack performed by the infamous hacker group known as Lizard Squad, which has a habit of targeting PSN and Xbox Live services due to various reasons. But this could have been claimed by the group in order to boost their visibility because no proof regarding if this was an actual attack or not has surfaced until now. The leader of the Lizard Squad just tweeted that it was their doing at the moment when PSN was down.
Sony, on the other hand, has claimed that the reason for this service shortage was the massive amounts of people who joined PSN at roughly the same time after purchasing a PS4 during this Black Friday. Taking into account that the PS4 has become the fastest selling Sony gaming console to date, the fact that this could be the reason for the PSN outage is highly probable.
Even if this online service problem only lasted for a couple of hours, it is still added to the list of ill-timed outages that PSN is starting to have throughout the year, starting with the worst one during last year’s December, right on Christmas. Imagine receiving a PS4 for Christmas and not being able to play anything on it due to network connectivity issues from Sony.
This Friday also brought a new batch of consumers to PSN, with the numbers of sales for the PS4 reaching a second all time high, with the first iteration of this number being when its launch occurred. During this month, its sales reached almost one million in the US, without taking into account the massive game sales which customers took advantage of during this Black Friday’s PS Store Flash Sale, with games being discounted for up to 80% or even 90% if the user is currently subscribed to PS Plus.
One of the biggest surprises during this Flash Sale was the newest iteration in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, which was released a couple of weeks ago. The game was discounted by 40% even if it is a relatively new game, showing even further that Ubisoft has started to slowly lose its fan-base. This is more than likely due to how every annual release of AC comes along with countless bugs and not really any changes to its gameplay.
Add to this the relative fiasco which Assassin’s Creed Unity created last year with its poor launch and major stability issues across all platforms, and you could easily see why people are starting to become wary when opting to buy another game from the series.
Even though PSN suffered an outage of service once again, whatever the reason might be, the service is currently back online, letting Sony users enjoy their newly bought gaming consoles to their full extent.