This situation is why I don't own any Sony products any more, not the least of which is a Playstation. After the multiple Sony hacks, including the Playstation Network, I wouldn't buy one of their consoles. I'm not convinced that XBox Live is any better. Free online PC Multi-player works just fine for me. Never had any problems with it. Sony can keep their consoles, since I know their policies and want nothing to do with them.