I think it’s virtually impossible to overstate how big of a deal the PSN outage has become. However, the thing that is still up for debate is how badly this will hurt Sony in the long run, as well as how much their competitors will gain from it.
Everyone’s favorite analyst, Michael Pachter, has thrown his two cents in to the discussion now, claiming that he doesn’t think the Xbox brand is going to grow because of the Sony’s current struggles.
“Once the network is back up and secure, and once people calm down and realize they didn’t lose anything, the damage will largely be repaired. There are a few people who undoubtedly threw their PS3s in the trash, and likely a few thousand who bought an Xbox 360 over a PS3 due to the PSN outage, but I can’t envision this number being more than a rounding error.”
As much as I hate to do it, I actually have to agree with PachMan® on this one. I just don’t think there’s that many gamers out there that care so much about online gaming that they’re willing to rush out and buy a new console at the drop of 3 weeks worth of hats. As for those that do care that much, they likely already owned both consoles to begin with.
So there. You have that info. Do with it what you will.
Source: International Business Times