PSN Gamers Grow Impatient, Trade PS3s for Xbox 360 Consoles

Here we are going on week 4 of the well documented PlayStation Network outage, and as it turns out, some PSN gamers would rather throw in the towel than wait for Sony to restore its network. According to Edge Magazine, PlayStation 3 owners are trading in their consoles for cash or Xbox 360 consoles. In addition, sales of PSN points cards are down, and so are pre-orders for PS3 titles.

"In the first week of downtime we did not really see any major change in sales or trades," a store manager at a major UK retailer speaking on condition of anonymity told Edge. “However from the second week onwards we have seen an increase of over 200 percent on PS3 consoles being traded in, split almost 50/50 between those trading for cash and those taking a 360 instead."

Some PlayStation gamers have grown weary of waiting for Sony to flip the switch on its PlayStation Network and are trading in their PS3 consoles for Xbox 360s.

And yet another source working for an independent retailer told Edge that he has seen a "massive increase" in the number of PS3 units being traded in, the majority of which were exchanged for Xbox 360 consoles. The source said these are mostly "the hardcore online shooter crowd."

Sony unplugged its PSN on April 20th and then revealed to the world nearly a week later that there had been a security breach, one that compromised the personal information of millions of gamers. Stolen information included names, addresses, credit cards, and more.

For those choosing to wait it out, it appears Sony is close to getting its network back online for everyone. Reports are pouring in that Sony has cautiously opened up its network to developers, indicating it may soon open the floodgates for all.
Via:  Edge Magazine
fat78 3 years ago

I think it might be more about the poor protection that Sony gave to their customers which is making many trade in their consoles.

Bodego Jackson 3 years ago

Could be mean that the customers doesn't trust anymore on Sony? I wouldn'd suprise to see if Sony reports that the population on the PSN is low once they restore the network.

By the way I heard that Anonymous got hacked, is this true? and also I read that Eido's webpage and Deus EX: Human Revolution's webpage were also hacked stealing important information from those websites and accounts.

Some how this is a message, a message from the unknown group hackers who attacked Sony, Anonymous and Eidos.

In my opinion the message is: You Will Never Catch Us, You Will Never See Our Faces, You Will Never Know Our Names. We Will Never Stop.

OSunday 3 years ago

I'd been planning to buy a ps3 because of its blu-ray capabilities but after all the issues with its network and security and fiasco with the GeoHot case im opting out of it and I'll stick to my reliable xbox 360 still running 4 years strong

realneil 3 years ago

Sony should be shunned until they prove over a long period of time that they have learned how to secure their servers and protect their customer's data too. I would let others, the less intelligent, be the Guinea pigs for a long time.

Remember that they failed in every way in epic proportions and it was due to their negligence, combined with them prodding the 'beast'.

They got everything that they deserved, and one could only hope that they learn from this.

3vi1 3 years ago

I would like to trade this arsenic for hemlock, please.

LBowen 3 years ago

I would not trade in my PS3 but I don't play online nor am I signed up for playstation network. Sony is going to have to work hard to regain lost ground and customers.

lifeskills 3 years ago

I linked my portal 2 to my steam account the day this when thing started. I did have it up long enough to confirm that coop is indeed possible with pc and ps3, using only one copy of the game... just hope its back up cause I hate splitscreen. Yes I will keep my ps3...

inspector 3 years ago

360 FTW? :) lol

soldier1969 3 years ago

Really, the crapbox lol. I only use my PS3 for Blu Ray movies anyway. All the little kiddies whining is funny. But really the crapbox, thats not a choice. Money better spent on a gaming PC.

rrplay 3 years ago

I wonder if the cash received from a PS3 trade compensates for the time some may have experienced getting credit reports and protecting their identity ?

I do not think so !

AKwyn 3 years ago

I may have not bought a PS3 but with Sony taking their sweet time, something like this was eventual.

It doesn't matter how hard they work to regain our trust. The damage has already been done and further flaws in their security system can be found with just a simple Google search (from a Reuters article.).

It's not the matter of whether they can regain lost ground, it's if we can trust them again. Don't get me wrong, the PS3 has some good games (Uncharted, Ratchet and Clank, LittleBigPlanet.) but what good are these games if we can't trust a company who made the system that powers these games?

Besides, the people trading in their systems are mostly hardcore people, so I'm guessing Sony will still has a sizable chunk of their casual audience; even though Sony messed up royally.

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