The Real Cost of Sony’s PlayStation Network Outage [Infographic]

Now that Sony’s PlayStation Network is back online again, analysts are beginning to assess the real-world cost of the network breach and shutdown of the giant gaming establishment.

How much did the PlayStation Network outage cost Sony? With 77 million accounts details compromised and a reported $318 per record attached for the third party security firm alone, Sony are looking at a bill of $24.5 billion. If you add that to the recently announced customer compensation package and the revenues from the network itself, then the result is one expensive headache for Sony.

Here’s an interesting infographic – made by Guys from Promotional Codes (UK) – retracing the steps of Sony’s fiasco, and then assessing the financial damage using independent research data from the Ponemon Institute.

The servers may be up, but the effect of the hack is still in full force. Among other things, Japan announced they will not be allowing Sony to bring the PlayStation back online in its home country until their demands are met. Lastly – and possibly even most importantly – the PlayStation brand itself has taken a major hit.

Will Sony be able to recover from what has been the biggest hit to its reputation in the companies lifetime? Playstation Gamers, what do you think? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below. [Promotional Codes (UK) via Mashable]

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