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Stringer: 3m new PSN users since outtage

Sony CEO says users and sales have increased since hacking scandal

The PlayStation Network has added 3 million new customers since hackers brought it down earlier this year, CNET reports.

Speaking at the IFA conference in Berlin, Sony CEO Howard Stringer proclaimed the PSN "more secure and better than ever."

"We are aggressively expanding its content," he said. "We have more than 3 million new customers since the network came back online, and sales are exceeding what we had before the cyber-attacks."

"This year, we at Sony have been flooded, we've been flattened, we've been hacked, we've been singed. But the summer of our discontent is behind us."

Stringer also revealed launch information for Sony's Tablet S device, which will be priced at $499 and $599 at launch - the same as Apple's market-leading iPad.

The PlayStation Network was taken offline in April this year. Service did not resume for several weeks, costing Sony an estimated $170 million.

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Andrew Ihegbu Studying Bsc Commercial Music, University of Westminster5 years ago
And you don't think half of them are people who figured it was probably a good idea to start a new account without their credit card details just in case?
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Josh Pattie Not given 5 years ago
Exactly Andrew. I forgot / couldn't access my US account, so had to create a new one for the US PSN store. I would actually put good money that about 30-40% of PSN accounts are created as secondary for alternative PSN stores or trophy hunting. That means that Sony will make zero money from these accounts.
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 5 years ago
More than 3 million new users, but how many users have stopped using PSN?

Recent price cuts I'm sure have helped though.
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Alex Bunch Proof Reader, ZiCorp Studios5 years ago
How many have opened multiple accounts in-case another PSN outage results in more free games ahoy?

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Alex Bunch on 2nd September 2011 9:41pm

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