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More customers are trading their PS3's for Xbox 360's

A little over a month ago, Sony was sitting in a good position with over 50 million PlayStation 3 units sold worldwide. But after the recent security breach, customers are getting fed up and even began trading their PS3's for Xbox 360's. 

The PlayStation 3 is Sony's third home video game console in the PlayStation series, and was released in 2006. One of its most notable features is its online gaming service called the PlayStation Network (PSN), which offers online multiplayer gaming and digital media delivery. But on April 20 of this year, the network went down after millions of users' personal information and even credit card numbers were stolen in a massive security breach. Sony didn't announce what had happened until April 26. 

Now, retail numbers are beginning to show the customer's frustrations. According to different video game retailers around the world, gamers have been trading their PS3's for Xbox 360's at an increasing rate, and have even switched pre-orders of certain game titles from PS3 to Xbox 360.

"In the first week of downtime we did not really see any major change in sales or trades," said an anonymous UK retailer. "However, from the second week onwards we have seen an increase of over 200 percent on PS3 consoles being traded in, split almost 50/50 between those trading for cash and those taking a 360 instead."

According to UK retailers, the week ending March 16 showed that 49 percent of users bought "Call of Duty: Black Ops" for Xbox 360 while only 37 percent bought the PS3 version. At the end of the following week, 52 percent of bought the PS3 version while only 40 percent bought the Xbox 360 version.

But after April 20, these numbers began changing. In the week ending April 30, 59 percent of "Black Ops" sales went to the Xbox 360 while 30 percent went to the PS3. Last week, 66 percent of users bought the Xbox 360 title while 24 percent bought the PS3 title. 

In addition to "Call of Duty: Black Ops," another popular game, "FIFA 11," saw a decline in PS3 versions. In the week ending April 16, Xbox 360 had 49 percent of the sales while PS3 had 37 percent, and the week after, Xbox 360 stayed at the top with 46 percent and PS# at 34 percent. The numbers became more obvious in the week ending April 30 with Xbox 360 at 52 percent and PS# at 26 percent, and last week with Xbox 360 at 49 percent and PS3 at 21 percent. 

"At the end of each month, people come to sell their consoles," said Tom Mestdagh, from Belgian indie Gameswap. "People that need money [to pay bills]. What's different this time around is that they are bringing in PS3's 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 percent in PS3's 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 percent of our inventory right now."

Reports also noted that PSN customers are upset with how Sony has handled this issue, and they've even stopped complaining about the charges for Xbox Live. Customer satisfaction is undoubtedly at a low, and Sony's problems only seem to be getting worse.

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RE: Why stick with Sony?
By 3v1lkr0w on 5/13/2011 1:00:36 PM , Rating: 2
the lack of exclusives while MS still seem to have plenty (Halo and GoW spring to mind, in the console market anyway).

Really??? Nothing for Sony springs to mind??? God of War, Killzone, Twisted Metal, Ratchet and Clank, and Demon's Soul don't spring to mind. Or maybe since you listed FPS series, Killzone, Resistance, SOCOM, and MAG...never heard of those???

RE: Why stick with Sony?
By dubldwn on 5/13/2011 1:13:41 PM , Rating: 2
How about Uncharted, Valkyria Chronicles, Heavy Rain, LittleBigPlanet, Infamous, Yakuza, White Knight Chronicles...PS3 has some pretty sweet games.

Still no Twisted Metal though. And where the #$@% is Hitman?? :(

RE: Why stick with Sony?
By Gzus666 on 5/13/2011 1:54:24 PM , Rating: 2
Uncharted is like playing an awesome adventure movie, it is insane how good that series is. Valkyria Chronicles is really good too, seems underrated in general. I got hooked on Infamous, going to have to get the sequel. Did you ever play Folklore? That game was amazingly fun and inventive, plus the art style was awesome.

I have been pretty pleased with the PS exclusives. Honestly I kinda prefer the offline games as most people online are annoying.

RE: Why stick with Sony?
By dubldwn on 5/13/2011 4:24:08 PM , Rating: 2
Never played Folklore but the screen shots look great!

RE: Why stick with Sony?
By Aloonatic on 5/13/2011 5:25:12 PM , Rating: 2
Well, seeing as I mentioned a couple of exclusives for the PS/Sony, then some games obviously did spring to mind. Though I guess I might have been a little harsh though, and come over a little strong with my condemnation.

The thing is, what games do Sony have that have the same level of interest (some might say hype) as Halo and GoW tho?

From your list, very few. Killzone I really like, and I don't think it gets the reviews that perhaps it should, but then again, it is a pretty standard FPS. Resistance is uber average however, and it's sad/embarrassing that Sony even tried to make it their Halo on the PS3.

Uncharted is a pretty nice game tho, to be fair, but again, I don't think that it's a Halo or GoW, or a Mario or a Zelda for that matter. Those games/series are almost cultural phenomena now. Sony might have a few characters in Sackboy and Nathan Drake who come close, but most of Sony's exclusives just aren't that great, IMHO.

Now I think about it though even Uncharted, the first of which I loved and played over and over, has become a little repetitive with it's follow up. Nice graphics, sure, but the game was nothing really all that new. Maybe that's me and you might argue the same for other games too, but the crowbarred in on-line game for Uncharted 2 was pretty poorly done I think. Although that hardly matters at the moment I suppose :o)

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