Of course these type of cards are nothing new, being available for 360 and Wii/DS in addition to the PSN. It’s also worth remembering that Sony have yet to tell us about a single person whose card details have been cloned as a direct result of the situation back in May. Whether or not this is the case though, it seems like a large amount of the gaming public remain skeptical. Personally a hacker is welcome to my card details, for all the good that it will do them. They can clone my overdraft if they like!
The ripples felt by the infamous PSN hacking scandal continue to be felt throughout the gaming industry, with publishing giant Capcom believing that a recent increase in sales of PSN cards is a direct result of credit card holding gamers lack of trust.
Pre-topped up cards give users a set amount to spend directly on the PSN store and top man at Capcom Europe David Reeves stated “We have seen on PSN, and probably Sony are in a better place to tell you this, that there is a resurgence in people buying the generic PSN cards in retail stores rather than putting up their credit card details.” He went on to suggest it was possible that as these cards become more popular as an alternative to storing your credit or debit card details, we might see more branded versions of the cards for certain games.