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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: Who cares!
By MrDiSante on 11/14/2006 6:54:34 PM , Rating: 3
Oh dear, that price is still overly high. I got a system with that configuration (e6600, not e6800) minus the video card and plus a 21" LCD for $1000 + tax. I can assure you that once I get a nice R600, my computer will be able to chew up any console and spit it out. That makes for a $1200 computer with a monitor (no need to get highest end video card, virtually anything out of the DX10 series can destroy anything in the consoles) vs a 600$ console that can only play games and do nothing else (realistically, the 360 isn't supposed to run anything else and the Cell is complete bunk for anything remotely resembling general purpose). Gee... lemme think on that one.


RE: Who cares!
By michal1980 on 11/14/06, Rating: -1
RE: Who cares!
By retrospooty on 11/14/2006 10:05:36 PM , Rating: 3
CPU bound just means that its so damn fast that it can even be faster with a faster CPU (unlike the 7900GTX and ATI 1950xt's that dont benefit from it)... It does not require you buy the fastest consumer CPU on the planet at a heavy price premium.


"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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