You may want to check your email.
The last few weeks have been turbulent for PlayStation 3 users. As a result of the PlayStation Network's prolonged outage, gamers can't play online, purchase games off of the PlayStation Store, or access their friends list. In essence, all PlayStation 3 consoles around the world are in offline mode.
But could it be that this outage and the PR fiasco that surrounded it has hurt PlayStation 3 sales?
Some members of retailer GameStop's Power-Up Rewards Program received an e-mail today outlining a new deal that will net purchasers $100 off a brand-new PlayStation 3. As a "members-only exclusive," the e-mail states that 160 and 320 GB PS3s can be purchased using a special coupon members have access to, cutting $100 off the purchase price.
Gamers who receive this e-mail will have access to the special coupon by logging into the GameStop website and consulting the Active Offers section of the page. According to the e-mail, this deal runs through Sunday, May 29th.
Note that not every PowerUp member received this email, only certain ones, I myself did not. However, why not get a new PS3 if you can get it for only $200?