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The PlayStation and Xbox brands compete at retail, but have a common enemy online.Reuters

The big three console manufacturers are working together to combat Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against their online networks.

Microsoft's Xbox boss Phil Spencer revealed to Game Informer that the companies (typically pitted as rivals) were sharing their knowledge and experience to help each other tighten their online security.

"I don't think it's great when PSN goes down," Spencer told them. "It doesn't help me. All it does is put the fear and distrust from any gamer that's out there, so I look at all of us together as this is our collective opportunity to share what we can about what we're learning and how things are growing. Those conversations happen, which I think is great."

Both Xbox Live and PSN were brought down over the Christmas period, an event Spencer considers a "learning experience" according to GI's article. He also said he appreciates the patience of Xbox Live users during the time.

"Our commitment to Xbox One customers is to make sure our service is robust and reliable," he said.

Major companies working together is always good to see, as is a mature attitude toward the competition and their problems – which to be fair has always existed on a corporate level, if not in the fan bases of each console.