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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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Ya know....
By cscpianoman on 10/20/2006 3:24:06 PM , Rating: 2
Sony bashing aside, you start feeling sorry for the company after a while. To be honest, it would be nice to have something go right for Sony for a change.

RE: Ya know....
By DangerIsGo on 10/21/2006 1:30:12 AM , Rating: 2
Don't you mean Nintendo? Sony has been living it up with the PS2 and don't dare disagree with me on that. PS2 is probably the highest selling system, if ever (I cant fully be sure on that). For a while now, its been Sony > Microsoft > Nintendo. Wouldnt it be nice for NINTENDO to be on the higher end? Id like to see them out sell sony in the gaming console market this generation to get the sony R&D off their fat asses and think of new ways to play games. I laughed when I saw the new PS3 remote. The boomerang was kinda cool, which I did like. Then the new one..I thought I was looking at a PS2 one. WE WANT NEW THINGS DAMNIT, And people wonder why gamers are complaining about games...they're the same, just different story lines. Give us new ways to play them, new plots, etc.. Different ways of interacting with the environment is a definite plus which is why I got a feeling Nintendo might come out on top IF (and i stress with a big IF) the game manufacturers that side with Nintendo fully take advantage of Wii's capabilities. Im not here to start a flame war, but Its about damn time Nintendo had a piece of the pie rather than sony sucking it up with the PS2. I hope the PS3 doesn't do well. It'll teach sony a lesson that gamers aren't interested in all high def games with bluray this and cell processor that and 1080p for all. Really, one of the ONLY things PS3 has going for it is a blu-ray player for cheap. Saving like what? $400? $500?

RE: Ya know....
By DangerIsGo on 10/21/06, Rating: 0
RE: Ya know....
By INeedCache on 10/21/2006 5:21:00 AM , Rating: 2
If Sony wasn't so self-righteous, maybe I could bring myself to feel sorry for them. But they are, and I don't. They continue to eke out an existence based on past reputation, not the actual quality of what they now turn out.

RE: Ya know....
By BZDTemp on 10/21/06, Rating: -1
"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA
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