Japan PS3 Quantity Slashed Again…. Is the US Next?

Looks like Sony can’t get a PS3 shortage break. The Nikkei Keizai Shimbun paper reports today that due to component shortages, Sony will only have 80,000 PS3 units ready for Japanese launch instead of the originally planned 100,000 units. That’s a 20% cut. First the European launch gets delayed because of production issues, now the Japanese launch availability is crippled even more than it previously was.

No word yet if the shortage will effect North American units but, if proportional, they could be cut by 380,000 systems.  The PS2 sold out of almost a million units when launched back in March of 2000.

Meanwhile, a new report coming out of the financial services company UBS (available at Briefing.com—paid subscription required) analyzes the number of Wii consoles that have been manufactured prior to launch and pegs the figure at 2 million. In addition, the report states that at least 7 million and potentially as many as 9 million consoles are in the production pipeline and will be ready by year-end. This represents an increase from Nintendo’s publicly-announced target of 6 million Wii consoles by the end of the year.

So let’s review what this means for the holiday shopper:

  • PS3 – production problems, really expensive, FUGETABOUDIT! Your not gonna get one.
  • Wii – Pretty good inventory, cool interface make it more of an experience, reasonable price tag.

Nintendo looks like the clear winner to me.

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