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Retailer GameStop will be unable to fulfill pre-orders

With all the rabid anticipation surrounding the PlayStation 3, it may sadden many of you to hear that Japan will not be the only territory that will face a cut in its launch numbers.

According to a GameSpot report, North American retailer GameStop (who also runs EB Games) has received a launch allocation that is less than its number of pre-orders.

On October 10, GameStop took PlayStation 3 pre-orders, which sold out nationwide within minutes. Most stores limited pre-orders to eight units, which was based on original Sony estimates on availability.

Now, it appears that many GameStop stores will be unable to honor its "launch day" pre-orders. A GameStop representative confirmed this news, but had no idea as to the extent of the supply shortfall.

"We are beginning to notify our customers that our initial shipment of PS3 systems will not be what we expected," the representative said. "As this is not an ideal situation, we are asking employees to wait to purchase systems until the second shipment. We are anticipating having systems to cover reservations before Christmas."

Customers with PS3 pre-orders from GameStop can expect to be contacted by phone shortly to confirm the status of their reservation. Those who will be left out of the initial round on launch day will be given a consolation item of a free used game or DVD of choice valued at $19.99 or less.

This development will have a ripple effect on those who have sold their pre-orders on eBay with the condition that the item will ship on launch day. Many eBay bidders will be very unhappy to learn that the thousands of dollars they spent on a launch-day PS3 will be facing delays.

Update: Analyst Colin Sebastian expects less PS3's on launch day than originally announced by Sony. He says:

"We expect Sony to deliver 150-200k units to stores in the United States for the launch; consumers without pre-orders may find it difficult to locate an available system. We estimate sales of approximately 750k PS3s domestically by year-end. We expect a more robust launch from Nintendo, with at least 1.2 million units sold in the U.S. and up to four million units shipped worldwide by year-end."

Read more in this Gamasutra story.


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RE: That sucketh
By Quiksel on 11/14/2006 8:32:29 AM , Rating: 2
look, just because you're uber l33t with your SLI rig, etc., doesn't mean that 360 and PS3 can't make gamers happy. The difference between your rig and these consoles is price, convenience, form factor, future-proof (in that software bought in 5 years will still run on it), etc.

quote:
I'm a hardcore FPS PC gamer

As has been discussed countless times before this thread, you're not the target market. No need to crap on this thread just because it's a product you're never going to buy because you're a "hardcore FPS PC gamer". I'm not hatin' on your style, no need to hate on mine.


RE: That sucketh
By shantiwuvstevin on 11/14/2006 8:52:36 AM , Rating: 2
I don't hate your stlye. My roots are deeply embedded in the console market. I would still be a cosole fan today if it wasn't for the analog controllers. I have double-jointed thumbs whcih means there is nothing keeping my thumb from moving backwards at the top joint, so analog sticks hurt after about 10 minutes. The N64 shot my console horse. If the PS3 and 360 had a keyboard and mouse option I'd buy one. Till then...


RE: That sucketh
By One43637 on 11/14/2006 1:09:07 PM , Rating: 2
quote:

by shantiwuvstevin on November 14, 2006 at 8:52 AM

I don't hate your stlye. My roots are deeply embedded in the console market. I would still be a cosole fan today if it wasn't for the analog controllers. I have double-jointed thumbs whcih means there is nothing keeping my thumb from moving backwards at the top joint, so analog sticks hurt after about 10 minutes. The N64 shot my console horse. If the PS3 and 360 had a keyboard and mouse option I'd buy one. Till then...


i share similar sentiments to you. i'm not a big console shooter fan, since i think the controller can't compete with a mouse or keyboard in that respect, but i do own consoles because i love my sports games.

i'm exploring the posibility of using a bluetooth keyboard with my PS3 and wireless mouse. since it has USB ports, i might as well use and experiment to see if i can play console shooters with them.


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