By now anyone who owns a Playstation 3 will have noticed that their machine has been turned into an oversized paperweight ever since a hack attack took out the Playstation Network six days ago. Microsoft certainly noticed. And to celebrate, the company launched a free Xbox Live play event all weekend.
Actually, the free play was part of the "Xbox Nations" event that Microsoft had been hoping would help the company break the record for number of online players on at one time. All weekend every Xbox Live account-holder throughout Europe was allowed to log on and play for free.
Meanwhile, everyone who has a Playstation 3 was stuck looking at the following screen.
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My sad, sad Playstation screen.
Despite the ulterior motive for the free-play event, the timing of it was hard to disregard.
Microsoft addressed the timing in an interview with Electronic Theatre.
"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," stated the representative of Microsoft's distribution network. "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, and the Xbox Nations event will allow all of them to do just that--whether they have a Gold subscription or not."