The Playstation Network has been down for nearly a month and the affects are widespread, not only are gamers voicing their frustrations online about the downtime but many are turning to other platforms to get their online fix. New research from Edge suggests that UK trade-ins of PS3 consoles are up to an all time high, not surprisingly the main catalyst behind this is the PSN remaining down.
The research suggests that trade-ins have shot up 200% with half of them opting for hard cash, the other half have taken an Xbox 360 as a replacement. A report from CNET suggests that the demand for online play has been maintained by gamers who play first person shooters, namely Call of Duty.
Whilst on Facebook this morning a rather apt posts from one of my personal friends said: “I’ve waited long enough, just bought a one month sub for Xbox live”. A rep from our local game store admitted that “trade-ins are on the up and people seem to buying more Xbox hardware and games”. However, our local Gamestop store said they have not actually seen an increase which is interesting when the research is based on Gamestop data.
At this stage Sony has refused to comment and to be honest aren’t likely to anytime soon. Have you or any of your friends traded in your PS3? If so what was the reason?