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2 million PlayStation 3 units could be elusive target

It's well known that PlayStation 3 consoles will be in short supply this holiday season, and potentially beyond. Sony still stands firm behind its promise of delivering 500,000 units at launch, with 400,000 reserved for North American and the rest for Japan. Sony, however, is now softening on its projection of being able to provide an additional 1.5 million PS3s before year's end and a total of 6 million by March 2007, Bloomberg reports.

When the topic of such numbers came up in an interview with Jack Tretton, co-chairman of SCEA, he confessed that "the honest answer is [that the shipment numbers are] more of a target" rather than a confirmed count. Tretton also reiterated that production issues were the root of the problem.

Shortage of blue diode lasers required to manufacture Blu-ray drives continue to be the Achilles' heel in PlayStation 3 production. The shortage of components not only affect production of Sony's new console, but all Blu-ray machines. Even after suspending shipments of blue diode lasers for Blu-ray movie players, Sony still faces problems in meeting consumer demand.

With the expected shortage this holiday season, gamers have been at a frenzy in attempts to pre-order PlayStation 3. Some who managed to score a pre-order are not even planning to opening the box, but instead would rather take advantage of the rules of supply and demand by listing them on eBay at a large premium. In attempts to curb user dissatisfaction, eBay is canceling auctions of pre-orders until the product hits the market.



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They'll be fine
By daftrok on 10/20/2006 2:33:07 PM , Rating: 1
They delayed enough already. They know now that PS3 is what's gonna save this company and they'll do whatever it takes to get 400,000 in the US on November 17th. They are just open to the fact that with all the shit hitting the fan, more shit can come along the way. Basicallly they're saying "we're not gonna make a promise we cant 100% keep". They may be 90% sure that they'll ship PS3s on the 17th.




RE: They'll be fine
By Murst on 10/20/2006 2:38:08 PM , Rating: 2
This has nothing to do with the 11/17 target. Read the article.


RE: They'll be fine
By daftrok on 10/20/2006 2:40:06 PM , Rating: 2
I apologize, ship the amount they said on the 17th.


RE: They'll be fine
By Aikouka on 10/20/2006 2:50:46 PM , Rating: 2
Still, the point of the article is Sony's ability to funnel more PS3s into the market ranging from after the initial release until the end of the year.


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