Sony has been pretty happy with sales of its Playstation 3. Sony pissed off the wrong people. Sony is being sued. Sony is getting PS3′s returned and is now seeing a decline in sales and pre-orders of games. Doesn’t sound too good, does it? If you had any doubt how important online gameplay is to gamers this is a good litmus test.
UK retailers are reporting that back in March when customers bought a PS3 or xbox 360, 52% of them bought Black ops for PS3 and only 40% bought the same title for 360. Now after April 20, that number is 66% bought the 360 black ops, and only 24% bought black ops for ps3. The companies also report that returns of PS3 units are up 200%, and they have only sold 30-50% of the stock on hand.
I can imagine most game devs are now very unhappy with Sony and you may see lawsuits from them as well. You can’t sell in-game items or upgrades without a network. Sony is hoping to have the network back up within a couple of weeks, but that doesn’t help right now and it may not prevent something similar from happening in the future. Let’s all hope things get back to normal soon.
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