Unfortunately, I do not believe that the people who play on the Playstation will be able to party up with those of us on the PC.
Will Playstation 3 Help or Hurt Diablo 3?
While this news kind of sucks for those of us hoping that the economy would be boosted by a new audience, there is some positivity to be taken from the fact that Blizzard now has reasons to improve their game.Think about it. You literally will double the number of people who play Diablo 3 by releasing it for the Playstation 3. So now you better believe that content updates, to both versions of the game, are in the works for the near future. That PvP we've been promised? Yeah, they will have even more incentive to finally give us something other than crappy brawling. THAT is good news for the economy.
I am going to be doing a series on making gold for the Playstation 3 players here very soon. But if you're looking for a quick tip, get to act IV as quickly as possible and fill your bags with rings/amulets from the vendor. They will be worth quite a bit of money for the first few weeks, just as they were in the actual game. You'll also want to go back and farm low level areas on your max level character in order to find Leoric's Signet and a slew of valuable yellows which you weren't able to roll as a lowbie due to low magic find.
Is Diablo 3's Economy in the Toilet?
Many people have been telling me that the economy in Diablo 3 was destroyed by crafted gloves and three other item types. While sections were destroyed (you see gloves that were worth a billion before the patch sitting at 5 million now or less), there are others that shine more now than ever. Did you notice that irridescent tears went up 1600%? Remember when I said that hoarding crafting materials was a good idea? Yeah, that's the kind of speculation that really paid off for me after this patch. But besides speculation on crafting materials, there are legendaries that are flying off the shelves which you need to look into.
Lacuni prowlers (see link for blue rationalization that backs up my point), Mempo of Twilight, Echoing Fury, etc all still reign supreme in terms of value. If you focus on those markets then you can still make money in Diablo 3.
Items that I used to love to sell, like the vile wards, have seen a massive price decrease due to crafting recipes, but still provide me with a few dollars here and there. And speaking of crafting recipes, look for opportunities to flip them between the GAH and RMAH. I flipped several of the Razorspike recipes already.
Gold is not increasing very quickly, despite the cost of crafting items. However, I expect that gold will slowly but surely climb back up to 30-35 cents per million within the next month. Call it gut instinct, but also the believe that more crafting recipes will start appearing with the next patch. I firmly believe that Blizzard will make it possible to craft an entire set of gear which they will use as the "starting point" for end game much like World of Warcraft's Tier 1 loot. The idea being that you craft a set of this gear and you're ready to progress to the more expensive and costly legendary and set items.