Sony: PS3 supply to be 'tight' over coming months

Sony's senior director of corporate communications Patrick Seybold issued a statement after last night's NPD numbers for January, explaining that the company's flagship console may be a bit difficult to find at retail over the next few months. "We're working very hard with our retail partners to meet consumer interest, but the demand is tremendously high for the PS3 and we expect tight inventory in the coming months," Seybold notes in the statement.

As this is the first we've heard about any sort of PlayStation 3 hardware shortages, we followed up with Seybold to make sure he wasn't only warning about future supply issues, but also explaining January's sales of the console. He told us: "Yes. The strong demand carrying through the holidays was evident and early in the month we [knew] there was going to be limited supply of the PS3 at retail in January. We're working closely with the retail channel to meet this demand, but expect tight supply for the coming months."

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Pennywise2749d ago

People complaining all month they couldn't find PS3's in their normal retail stores was damage control too, right?

It might be damage control. But that doesn't make it false.

FangBlade2749d ago (Edited 2749d ago )

Remember when you wrote this?

"I disagree. There are a lot of fans stuck on the PS2 waiting for something like this. MS did the right thing, and I hope to god they succeed. I want Sony to get screwed so bad, because of how fricking slow they act."

If you hate Sony so much, why bother reading and commenting on Sony-related articles?

OT: Bad timing for hardware shortages Sony! start pumping PS3's because when God of War 3 comes the demand will be insane!

edit: If you disagree, at least give me a reason :|

Kain812749d ago

sorry mate i accidently clicked on Disagree... my freaking PC is spining sorry

ClownBelt2749d ago (Edited 2749d ago )

And I mean that. If a demo of game can move consoles then we all know that FF 13 will be huge. Sony isn't doing anything to attract the consumers out of Japan on their console that's why I was pissed. I want Sony to sell a lot of consoles, but they themselves aren't doing nothing to improve their situation. Two of the biggest games this generation got a bundle from MS(Modern Warfare 2 and FF 13), yet where's the one for Sony? I want them to fail so that they can learn.

Edit. You call not releasing a bundle from two of the biggest games this gen a right move? You call not releasing Demon's Souls on Europe after getting such praise a right move?


Yes. A PS3 fanboy.

FangBlade2749d ago (Edited 2749d ago )

No problemo.
This sh!t happens to me too lol.

Where have youe been the past six month? you're talking like we're in 2007/2008. Since September, Sony is making all the right moves.

Kain812749d ago (Edited 2749d ago )

and i cant wait too see DeamonSouls2 ...

BTW thx to the Guys that gave me the links to Import DeamonSouls,
i will buy this game as soon as possible^^

Cold 20002749d ago (Edited 2749d ago )

Yeah Sony...we believe you...everybody knows it's in the slow months that it's the hardest to keep up with demand... /sarcasm.

Monchichi0252749d ago

I love thy, but it's quite obvious it's an excuse for the NPD numbers. Suck it up and do something to improve your sales numbers!!! Same goes for MicroSoft as they do this all the time as well!

GreenRingOfLife2749d ago

"We're working very hard with our retail partners to meet consumer interest, but the demand is tremendously high for the PS3 and we expect tight inventory in the coming months,"

But Ps3 didn't even sell 300k in NA last month? 360 did easily though

mint royale2749d ago

The wii sells alot more and manages to keep supply good most of the time. I can understand shortages but ones lasting for months? Thats too many lost sales.

ReBurn2749d ago

Supply wasn't really all that tight during the Holidays. At least not around here. There were sufficient 360's and PS3's to be had locally and online. The only console that was once again hard to find was Wii.

I wonder if they're changing the internals again? That's usually what precedes a drop in supply and Sony is always tinkering with the guts of their stuff in their never-ending attempts to lower costs.

TheBlackSmoke2749d ago

People have been saying on here for a few weeks now that its hard to find a PS3 and then sony now confirms this, how is that damage control? and last time i checked PS3 outsold the 360 in January anyway.

van-essa2749d ago (Edited 2749d ago )

Best damage control ever.


Seriously though, PS3s are pretty hard to find here in Alaska so I believe them.

Rai852749d ago

they have a Shortage on a Global base not on US, mabe he means EU too
think about it...

swiftshot932749d ago

Really tense situation for them right now. High demand means that they need to increase production, but since they're still losing money on every PS3 made right now increasing production to meet demand might not be healthy business wise. Their Q3 results ended up positive, and in the past we saw how sensitive the Playstation business really is (aka they lost a lot of money in a short time).

They'll probably have to keep a right balance until they can decrease production costs. The "coming months" might give them that time.

thebudgetgamer2749d ago (Edited 2749d ago )

we all know mirosoft has never had this issue, o wait i forgot.

"Microsoft says the current shortages are being caused by Xbox 360 sales exceeding its forecasts during the holiday shopping season."

this ones my favorite.

Cold 20002749d ago (Edited 2749d ago )

We're almost mid February.

If December sales were so high and that they knew that they would have shortages, why did they wait 2 months before saying it ?

bjornbear2749d ago

you are a huge damage control baby, we know that =)

thebudgetgamer2749d ago (Edited 2749d ago )

but when its sony suddenly their doomed and about to go out of business. i cant tell you why they waited i dont work for them.

edit: i love the fact that you people call yourself gamers, and all you care about is the death of video a game company. yes thats great less compettition.

sack_boi2749d ago (Edited 2749d ago )

I heard they were pretty hard to find in North Korea too.

we won2749d ago

Sony should stop making excuses it looks bad. Sony has to deal with losing this year. There is nothing Sony can do about the 360 releasing AAA's almost every other month. Sony can not and will not be able to over come Halo and Natal.

kneon2749d ago

They wouldn't do that if their supply was not constrained. You can buy all the 360s you want though :)

Ryo-Hazuki2749d ago

And PS3 easily outsold the Xbox by 250,000 worldwide.....whats you're point dumbass

blasian2749d ago (Edited 2749d ago )

i just got a 360 from a local vending machine around the corner

KillaManiac2749d ago

Sony better fix this before God of War 3 comes out or else they could loose alot of potential console sales.

divideby02749d ago

@ can you even make a silly comment like that..Sony is firing on all how is that damage control...their product is selling well do to the price and all the great games.
your name is just as you are with a statement like that with no facts

meluvulongtime2749d ago

I'm guessing it's true what they're saying. I still go into stores and see only 1 or 2 if any PS3s in stock.

mikeslemonade2749d ago

Haha you blame Sony when Microsoft banned your console, so you can buy it again in November. Face you guys lose because spend more supporting Microsoft and you don't get as many good exclusives.

bioshock12212749d ago

Pretty much this. It's just damage control just make more put more money into making more its pretty easy. Seriously I doubt it's true they never seemed to have a problem when the ps2 was selling like hot cakes and what now. Its not like the ps3 is selling like hot cakes so they should be able to meet demand its just an excuse.

FlipMode2749d ago

I love how people are saying Sony is lying even though most sites are back ordered of PS3s.