Microsoft: PSN hack is bad for the games industry

"We don't want anyone to go through what Sony's going through"

Microsoft executives have gone on record about the Playstation Network hack, saying it's bad for the gaming industry and it highlights the need for safer online environments.

The remarks were made by Microsoft COO Dennis Durkin and Corporate VP for Xbox Live, Mark Whitten at a roundtable discussion following Microsoft's E3 keynote briefing.

Responding to a question about the recent PSN hack and the precautions Xbox has taken to ensure their system is safe, Durkin said, "We don't view it as a good thing for our industry. When we think about the future of the industry, with regards to privacy, security, digital rights - all the things that are really important for consumers to feel like they trust the systems they're using."

"Something we've felt was always very important for Xbox Live; we're invested in people's privacy and their security and making sure that we work to keep it a cheat-free and hack-free environment," Durkin continued. "That's something we've always been about. It's something we take very seriously. It continues to be a very big priority for us."

Whitten was keen to point out that the PSN hack was something consumers should take note of with regards to keeping their online details secure.

"I think it's a message to consumers about making sure they take the right safety precautions in terms of the services that they use," said Whitten. "Using the same user ID and password across different systems is a very dangerous thing to do."

"We don't want anyone to go through what Sony's going through. We think it's bad for the industry. We want safe online environments," he said. "I think we all agree what the future is in terms of where our business is going and we want consumers to feel safe and that they'll have reliable quality of service and safety of their information. This is something we drive very, very hard across the company."

Microsoft has, so far, avoided the recent spate of hacker attacks, which have targeted Nintendo, Codemasters, Bethesda and Epic Games among others.