The Sony PlayStation Network (PSN) outage has angered and frustrated Sony fans into rushing to retail stores and trading in their PlayStation3 (PS3) consoles for rival Microsoft Xbox 360 systems. Reports from retail stores indicated that more customers have been trading in their entire PlayStation3 set including both console and games for the Xbox 360, mostly for Call of Duty online gamers.
According to Edge, store managers reported an increase of sales and trade-ins for the popular online shooting game Call of Duty in Microsoft's favor.
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, said one store manager.
Disappointment is on the rise for PlayStation online gamers as reports from Bloomberg announced that Sony plans to have the network back online in early June. An exact date was not given on whether PSN and Qriocity will be available. Previous announcements mentioned that a few more days is required until the network is restored, but Sony communications director Patrick Seybold updated the status in saying more delays are expected.
When we held the press conference in Japan last week, based on what we knew, we expected to have the services online within a week....We were unaware of the extent of the attack on Sony Online Entertainment servers, and we are taking this opportunity to conduct further testing of the incredibly complex system, said Seybold.
Multiple websites spawned in response to the PSN outages asking the question Is the PlayStation Network back up yet? Or is the PSN still down? Other reactions have included PlayStation customers switching over to Xbox.