Amazon Japan kicked off their pre-orders for PlayStation 3 in Japan last night. The start of the craziness was delayed a few minutes from its official schedule of 7pm, with stock appearing on the site from approximately 7:05pm. The inevitable "sold out" screens started appearing some thirty minutes later, along with plenty of error screens, leaving customers in confusion. Amazon's game blog, hosted by Famitsu.com, states that the numbers Sony is supplying them with are "much too small". However, surprisingly the core pack and premium pack are being supplied at roughly a 50/50 split.
Other online retailers are also gearing up for action, and some have already started. The main source of supply will definitely be Sony's own PlayStation.com, and they are expected to start taking pre-orders in the next couple of days. According to a spokesperson for Sony, "Because of the low numbers, we are planning to start taking pre-orders without making a big announcement." Rakuten's large online game store, edigi, will start their pre-orders at 10pm tomorrow, October 18th, while Momotarou Ohkoku have taken so many orders they have been forced into a random draw to decide who will get one.