Some PlayStation 3 owners will get PSN back up, at least partially, as Sony Corporation (ADR) (Public, NYSE:SNE) tests the waters with the new software. According to Platform Nation, certain individuals among Europe, Japan and the US will soon gain access to the Playstation Network in order to test it for mainstream revitalization.
The official PlaystationNL Twitter Account tweeted (translated into English):
“Currently, a select group to test the network. Territories = Japan (Asia), Europe & America”
This should and could be the first step into getting some online play for all PS3 users. Let us know if you’re one of the randomly selected persons to get PSN running.
The patience of PlayStation 3 owners is wearing thin as retailers are reporting a 200% increase in PlayStation 3 trade-ins, usually for Xbox 360 consoles, as well as sales slumps for PSN points cards and fewer multiplatform game sales for PS3.
“In the first week of downtime we did not really see any major change in sales or trades,” says one source, a store manager at a major UK retailer speaking on condition of anonymity. “However from the second week onwards we have seen an increase of over 200 per cent on PS3 consoles being traded in, split almost 50/50 between those trading for cash and those taking a 360 instead.”
Another UK source has reported that the independent retailer had seen a “massive increase” in the volume of PS3s traded in in recent weeks, and has pegged the biggest trade-in demographic as “the hardcore online shooter crowd”, who are logically the group most likely to defect when their online gaming is wiped.
Belgian-based Gameswap spokesman Tom Mestdagh went on record to state, “At the end of each month people come to sell their consoles. People that need money (to pay bills). What’s different this time around is that that they are bringing in PS3s together with all their games and they don’t want money, they want an Xbox 360. In every case it is because of Black Ops and or Modern Warfare 2.
“We’re just ten days into the month and already we have an increase of 200 per cent in PS3s coming into the store compared to all of March. Normally we sell them really fast, but not this time. We’ve only sold 30 to 40 per cent of our inventory right now.”
Game purchases have also been markedly affected by the PSN outage. Sales of Call of Duty: Black Ops went from 44% for the PS3 in the first two weeks of the game’s release to 24% of sales of Black Ops last week. Similar trends have struck games like FIFA 12.
Another retailer told Edge: “A lot of people have been phoning asking us about personal details on PSN as they are struggling to get a response from Sony themselves. Overall, people that have traded with us seem annoyed at how Sony has handled all of this, and say they would not trust them with details again in the future.”
However, it’s all about online gaming. “All we’ve seen is an incredible amount of disgruntled people annoyed that they can’t play online,” stated Mestdagh, and gamers have actually “stopped complaining about the fact that Microsoft charges for Xbox Live. It used to be a big problem for most of our PS3 customers.”
You get what you pay for.
Jonah Falcon is a blogger for TMRzoo and GameStooge.com and covers all gaming consoles and platforms including Sony Playstation 3, Microsoft XBOX 360, Nintendo Wii, Sony PSP and computer games designed for Mac OS, Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems. Jonah provides his readers with reviews, previews, release dates and up to date gaming industry news and rumors.