The TV console wars are between Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Sony had a serious outage that brought down its service.
The PlayStation Network outage was the result of an "external intrusion" on Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity services, in which personal details from approximately 77 million accounts were stolen and prevented users of PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable consoles from playing online through the service. The attack occurred between April 17 and April 19, 2011, forcing Sony to turn off the PlayStation Network on April 20. On May 4 Sony confirmed that personally identifiable information from each of the 77 million accounts appeared to have been stolen. The outage lasted 24 days
I would guess anyone who has worked in Sony's online services group has a bad taste in their mouth and it is hard to get more resources.
Xbox One launched this past week and Xbox Live is a big part of the services.
DatacenterKnowledge mentions that Microsoft will have 300,000 servers as part of Xbox One. Running a Google Search, Bing search didn't show up the source of the information as a Microsoft transcript of the event.
When we launched Xbox Live in 2002, it was powered by 500 servers. With the advent of the 360, that number had grown to over 3,000. Today, 15,000 servers power the modern Xbox Live experience. But this year, we will have more than 300,000 severs for Xbox One, more than the entire world's computing power in 1999. (Cheers, applause.)
This matches the DCK article.
“When we launched Xbox Live in 2002, it was powered by 500 servers,” Microsoft’s Marc Whitten said in introducing the new platform. “With the advent of the 360, that had grown to over 3,000. Today, 15,000 servers power the modern Xbox Live experience. But this year, we will have more than 300,000 servers for Xbox One.”
Curious I wanted to see what was actually said, so I found the Xbox One Launch event on Youtube and at 23:13 mark is where the Xbox server reference is made. And thanks to Youtube transcript here is the text.
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