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.