Protracted PlayStation Network outage causes gamers to cash in PS3s, games

Protracted PlayStation Network outage causes gamers to cash in PS3s, games

Summary: Sony's protracted PlayStation Network outage is making gamers trade in their PS3s, and is affecting some games' resale value. Can Sony fix this mess in time, or is it already too late?

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More than three weeks into the outage of Sony's PlayStation Network, some PlayStation 3 owners have had enough and are beginning to trade in their consoles. The outage appears to be having an effect on the resale value of games, as well.

Edge Magazine reports that gamers in the UK are now trading in their PS3s, with an even split opting for Microsoft Xbox 360s or cash.

As reported by IndustryGamers, the Video Game Price Charts blog indicates that PlayStation 3 game resale prices are dropping, as well.

Sony, for its part, is still waffling on when, exactly, the PlayStation Network will come back online. The latest missive on Sony's PlayStation Blog, posted May 10th, says "likely a few more days."

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.

While some gamers are fleeing the PS3, a new study from industry tracking firm NPD (reported here by Bloomberg) indicates that new PlayStation 3 sales are actually doing quite well. NPD didn't release actual unit sales numbers, but said that Sony's PS3 sales were up 13 percent year over year for April, the month the PSN outage started.

It's worth noting, though, that Sony's woes only came to the fore fairly late in the month. Whether the company can sustain that growth is a different question, and only time will tell.

In the interim, the vast majority of PS3 and PSP users, along with subscribers to Sony's online role playing games, which have been similarly afflicted, sit and wait for Sony to restore the service.

And wait.

And wait.

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  • RE: Protracted PlayStation Network outage causes gamers to cash in PS3s, games

    PS3 game prices are falling? Sweet, I'll take this as a chance to pick some things up.
    Aerowind
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      HotVWGTi
      • Pot meet kettle.

        @HotVWGTi Hey retard before you blast the guy you may want to check yourself. The outage did not affect hardware sales prior to the announcement however there's this little bit int he article that makes sense: [b]It?s worth noting, though, that Sony?s woes only came to the fore fairly late in the month. Whether the company can sustain that growth is a different question, and only time will tell.[/b]

        The more Sony delays getting the network back up the worse this will get for them and the lower prices on used AND NEW systems will go.
        athynz
      • RE: Protracted PlayStation Network outage causes gamers to cash in PS3s, games

        @HotVWGTi
        I didn't read anything saying that aerowind was going to pick up NEW games. If resale value is falling, that means used game prices will fall too, meaning this is definately a good time to pick used games up.
        KBot
  • To quote Mr. Findlay:

    "Hell, it's 'bout time."
    cym104
  • RE: Protracted PlayStation Network outage causes gamers to cash in PS3s, games

    What kind of idiot would go out and sell their PS3 and games for a fraction of what they paid, only to turn around and pay hundreds of dollars for a new system?

    People certainly are stupid.
    Droid101
    • and impatient

      Exactly, people selling their PS3's because of this outage are the same ones who are going to be rebuying the system the next time a 'must-have' game comes out. Any self-respecting gamer already owns a 360 and a PS3 anways. As per usual, Sony's slow burn will only get brighter and brighter as time goes by, and with the great titles set for the fall, who cares if we have a few days of downtime?
      oliakaoil
      • The outage is concerning

        I wouldn't dismiss this outage so quickly. Sony had made huge gains recently overtaking the XBox 360 but if this outage continues, or they experience another quickly, it would have to affect their sales.

        The lesson that should be taken away for all companies with an Internet presence is to only ask for and keep information essential to your site. Sony asked for too much and when they couldn't keep it safe will be in plenty of trouble.
        Richard Flude
      • RE: Protracted PlayStation Network outage causes gamers to cash in PS3s, games

        @Richard Flude,
        "Sony had made huge gains recently overtaking the XBox 360 but if this outage continues, or they experience another quickly, it would have to affect their sales."

        Based on VGChartz, X360 still ahead of the PS3 worldwide, although like you mentioned, Sony were doing very good worldwide.
        http://www.vgchartz.com/
        dvm
      • HEY! I consider myself a self-respecting gamer...

        @oliakaoil <br><br>And i don't own a PS3 yet! lol, in all seriousness, I just didn't have the available income to get one until recently and I wasn't going to drop $600 for it brand new when it came out. But I do plan on getting one soon, too many exclusives I NEED to play <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/happy.gif" alt="happy">
        KBot
      • Hmmmm.

        @oliakaoil I'm a self respecting gamer, and I own neither a 360 or a PS3. PC gamer here and will be for life.
        Bates_
      • Agreed

        @Richard Flude

        I got the lovely email from Sony and I was thinking dude it's been over 4 years since I logged onto Sony's web site for ANYTHING. I had forgotten I even had an account with Sony. Kind of makes ya think though, you log onto a web site and hand over a bunch of personal info and CC# to buy something silly and they are keeping that info, potentially exposed, FOREVER. Maybe this will turn into a good wake-up call. OK I can dream can't i?
        oncall
      • RE: Protracted PlayStation Network outage causes gamers to cash in PS3s, games

        @oliakaoil Agreed sir. REAL gamers already own both consoles anyways. Doesnt affect me as the xbox still works online atm just fine. AND Im playing through KZ3 again so Im good. Would be nice to sync all those single player trophies Ive gotten in the last 3 weeks though...
        Animus et Illuminat
      • Richard Flude, Now that's odd

        @oliakaoil
        Everything I read says that XBox360 is still ahead of PS3, and that it's not overtaking [b]Microsoft's[/b] XBox.

        Is that what your post was really about, trying to take yet another jab at Microsoft?

        Because the last paragraph I actually agree with you on, but your first paragraph wasn't needed, (and was wrong), so it kind of took it down a notch or two.
        Will Pharaoh
      • RE: Protracted PlayStation Network outage causes gamers to cash in PS3s, games

        @Will Pharaoh
        Maybe you?ll believe the industry then. According to everything I have read, the PS 3 passed the xbox 360 at the end of last year. The only number that truly counts is the installed base, not how many units ship.

        <i>According to research firm Strategy Analytics, the PlayStation 3 has now surpassed the 43.4 million marker worldwide, putting it ahead of the Xbox 360 (42.9 million) for the first time.</i>

        http://www.gamespy.com/articles/115/1159284p1.html

        I would trust people who know what they are talking about, beefier I would believe unsubstantiated claims.
        Rick_K
      • RE: Protracted PlayStation Network outage causes gamers to cash in PS3s, games

        @dvm
        That chart counts units sold to the retail channel. Which is unreliable, so I would dismiss it. The only number that counts is the active installed base, which the PS 3 has 500,000 more units than the xbox 360.
        Rick_K
      • RE: Protracted PlayStation Network outage causes gamers to cash in PS3s, games

        @Rick_K,
        "That chart counts units sold to the retail channel. Which is unreliable, so I would dismiss it. The only number that counts is the active installed base, which the PS 3 has 500,000 more units than the xbox 360."
        How reliable is the company doing the study? Can you post links from studies with similar results? I went to Strategic Analitycs site, and found some information from the study,
        "According to our newly revised model, the global active installed base of PS3s reached 43.4M at the end of 2010."
        How the "newly revised model" works and how reliable it is? I supposed you have that information since you dismissed the unreliable sold to retail numbers, so maybe you can explain it.
        From the numbers I have seen, the race is close. But what happened to PSN could have negative results for Sony, even though they were doing very good worldwide recently .
        dvm
    • RE: Protracted PlayStation Network outage causes gamers to cash in PS3s, games

      @Droid101
      Many of the sheep on here would do just that. Maybe there is a little truth to the theory that another console maker is behind this???
      Rick_K
      • RE: Protracted PlayStation Network outage causes gamers to cash in PS3s, games

        @Rick_K,
        Was the other console maker behind the lack of security of PSN, like not applying security updates to the Apache servers and running without firewall?

        http://www.linuxtoday.com/news/2011050600139NWHWSW
        dvm
      • RE: Protracted PlayStation Network outage causes gamers to cash in PS3s, games

        @Rick_K_ Its SEGA! They are trying to sabotage the industry so that they can release the GENESIS2!
        Animus et Illuminat