Sony's PlayStation Network has now been down for five days, for which, Sony blames the mess on an "external intrusion."
Meanwhile, Microsoft sends it condolences, according to a Microsoft comment posted on the UK game site 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. 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.
In its latest update Monday, Sony says it continues to work on the problem:
As we previously noted, this is a time intensive process and we are working to get them back online quickly. We will keep you updated with information as it becomes available. We once again thank you for your patience.