Sony still being plagued by component shortages

According to the Nikkei Keizai Shimbun, Sony is still having problems with component shortages on its PlayStation 3 console. So instead of having 100,000 units on hand for the Japanese launch of the PS3 on November 11, Sony will instead provide 80,000 units.

There was no mention of what specific components were causing the launch numbers to be cut back, but Sony has previously had trouble manufacturing the blue laser diodes used in the Blu-ray drive. IGN reports:

The lack of digits in that number is even more staggering when you consider that the PS2 sold out of nearly a million units when it launched back in March of 2000. Having lived through a few weeks of attempting to obtain a PS3 pre-order, we're not too surprised by the lowered shipping numbers. Allocations disappeared quickly at online retailers that were brave enough to start pre-order programs.

Sony announced back in early September that it would be delaying the European launch of the PS3 until March 2007 due to component shortages. At the time, it was projected that the United States would get 400,000 and 100,000 units respectively.

Despite this recent development, there was no news as to whether US launch numbers would also take a dive.

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