The PlayStation Network has been out for more than three weeks after hackers broke in to the system and made off with personal information about tens of millions of user accounts. Now gamers are taking out their frustration by selling their PS3s and trading them in for Xbox 360s. The resale value of PS3 games has taken a hit too.
“So far, the gamers trading in systems and games are the ones most likely to be affected by the outage, namely players who favor first-person shooters and others feature a strong online multiplayer component.“In other words, exactly the sort of games that are now unplayable because the PlayStation Network is offline.”
Interestingly, NPD reports that new PS3 sales were up 13 percent year-over-year in April, the month PSN went dark. We’ll see if Sony can sustain that growth through May and beyond.