We still have no date for when the PlayStation Network will finally be back online, with the outage fast approaching one month now. Millions of PS3 owners have had the inconvenience of not being able to access online features of their prized console. Now we can report the PlayStation Network downtime is now affecting retail, and many PS3’s are being traded.
Nathan Brown from Edge is reporting there are more gamers now trading their consoles for cash or an Xbox 360. There has also been an obvious slump in sales for PSN point’s cards, and less pre-orders for anything PS3. On store manager from a major UK retailer has said that from the second week of the outage saw a 200% increase in PS3 being traded in.
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These trade-ins have been split equally between cash and Xbox 360s. Another independent retailer also told the site they had seen a huge increase in PS3 consoles being traded in, and added it was mainly gamers who played the same game online.
A Belgian retailer said that it is normal for people to trade their consoles towards the end of each month to raise some money. But this time people have brought in all their games as well, and instead of cash were wanting an Xbox 360. Gamers have said it’s because they wanted to play Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2.
It is also affecting preorders for the game Brink with many people canceling their version for the PS3, and changing to the Xbox 360 version. Of course this is just a small proportion of traders, and may not be the case everywhere
Have you thought about trading in your PS3 for an Xbox 360?