PlayStation Network gained 3M users since attack

By Steve Watts, Sep 01, 2011 12:00pm PDT

In the wake of the large-scale PlayStation Network hack that put Sony offline for a month, the company is claiming that it's recovered and come back stronger. Namely, PSN has gained more than 3 million new accounts since it was restored in June.

"I'm pleased to tell you that the PSN is more secure and better than ever," said president Howard Stringer at the IFA show. "We are aggressively expanding its content. We have more than 3 million new customers since the network came back online, and sales are exceeding what we had before the cyberattacks."

At the time of the hack, roughly 77 million registered accounts were at risk, though some were undoubtedly duplicates from the same users. That means Sony was receiving roughly 1.4 million registrations per month on average since the PlayStation 3 was released in 2006. 3 million in the last three months is a bit slower than the cumulative pre-hack average, but still nothing to sneeze at, and a good sign for consumer confidence.

"This year at Sony we have been flooded, we've been flattened, we've been hacked, we've been singed," Stringer continued, reports Gamasutra. "But the summer of our discontent is behind us. The past is a prologue to future possibility."

The PlayStation Network hack was high-profile, costly, and damaging to Sony's reputation; despite the time passed, reassuring customers and investors is still a must. This isn't the first we've heard of Sony recovering stronger from the attack, though. The Welcome Back rewards were called successful by analyst firm EEDAR, and the free giveaway of LittleBigPlanet gave it 1.5 million new users as of July.

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