Sony was hit with a very troubling case of hacker-itis when hackers stole confidential user info and forced a shutdown of the PlayStation Network. As (not) shocking as it may be, many users are upset by not only a breach in security, but also the lack of an online service crucial to playing their favorite games. This has resulted in a monumental increase in PS3 trade-ins, nearly “200%” according to an unnamed store manager in the UK that reported to Edge. Even more disappointing to Sony, many of those trade-ins are in exchange for an Xbox 360.
“In the first week of downtime we did not really see any major change in sales or trades,” said the manager. “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.”
Belgian retailer Gameswap confirmed similar reports, adding that “people 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.”