The Sony PlayStation Network is still shuttered up and closed for business. The outage has sparked furious online debate, so we've launched a Facebook poll asking if you can ever trust Sony again.
Some of you are even swearing off Sony for life and crossing the park to get yourself a Microsoft Xbox 360. But early results in our poll show most of you are prepared to stick with Sony -- although judging by the many, many comments we've had on the subject, Sony has a lot of to do.
Sony closed the PlayStation Network online gaming service on 20 April, nearly a month ago. The Sony Online Entertainment and Qriocity movie and music services followed when Sony realised they too had been compromised. In total, the personal and financial details of more than 100 million people have been half-inched. Sony plans to reopen the services in stages, but normal service isn't set to be entirely restored. By then the outage will have lasted a whopping 41 days.
With no online gaming to keep PlayStation owners busy, many of you are turning to your second favourite hobby: arguing on the Internet. Judging by this comment, things don't look good for the company: "Sony, you are about to become this decade's dreamcast or NeoGeo." Other commenters are more philosophical: "All this downtime is to save you from the whole thing happening again. Be patient."
Most of the debate centres around whether it's worth making the ultimate step and defecting to Xbox. One commenter suggests there's an opportunity for Microsoft: "Xbox should take advantage of Sony's vulnerability and snatch a big chunk of market share by offering a sale on bundles or free online play for a few months." Others are sceptical about trading in a PS3 for an Xbox; one sage soul warns, "The only winners in that situation are the retailers who'll give you next to nothing for your kit and games."
Of course, there's more to gaming than online play -- and there are. Another commenter says, "I have other games to occupy me in the meantime. There are way more than I have the time or money for." And there's plenty to do away from the console: "I got a ton of studying done for my finals and did pretty well this semester... thanks PSN!"
Have your say in our poll and tell us in the comments where you stand on the PS3 vs Xbox debate in the comments below or on Facebook. Don't forget to leave your names, ladies and germs, and tell us what you've been doing with your spare time -- and what can Sony do to make things up to you?