Three leading platform holders (Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony) all told MCV that supply might not meet demand this Q4.
Wishful thinking by MS + Sony.
The pile of PS3 I have seen at Circuit City and Best Buy should be able to be sent BACK to Sony after this Christmas
LOL at the picture?! So MS and Nintendo will have controller shortages and PS3 console wont be on any shelves this holiday.
This is a case of Nintendo envy. I think the fact that you STILL wont be able to buy a Wii this holiday season will help sales for both the PS3 and 360. But SOLD OUT??? gimmie a break
...or at least pay attention to the source: they're talking about shortages in the UK, not worldwide and definitely not in the US.
Its just another reflection of euro gamers getting the short end of the stick yet again.
1- All three manufacturers have limits on production of some kind or another.
2- Sony and Nintendo are in a dogfight over Japan and neither can afford to fall short there.
3- MS is strongest in the US and they're not about to let that control slip by not shipping enough product.
Each region gets a quota, but the manufacturers' home regions get first dibs at any extra production they can scare up over the next month or so. Only after those markets are fully addressed, do the other regions get their quotas reevaluated. Obviously, for MS, europe is number 2, with the emerging india and latin markets coming next, since Japan is pretty much a lost cause. For Nintendo and Sony, Europe is number three and the rest of the world barely registers at this point in time, so those quotas are most likely to be cast in concrete. If the markets sell out, they won't be refreshed until past the holidays.
Not fair by any stretch of the imagination but that's how they're playing it: all camps need to secure their home base or, in Sony's case, not fall so far behind as to get buried.
Also consider that any talk of shortages is bound to scare a few would-be buyers into pulling the trigger early. So even if they don't really expect shortages, it doesn't hurt the marketing to hint at them... :-D
Not true, cause Nintendo said they will deliver alot of Wii for Xmass.
Sony, in all honesty needs a shortage spur... A self created one, at that. If you can't obtain something, all of a sudden it becomes in demand. It's an undermining business tactic, but not an unheard of one. Sony should think about hording alot of PS3's off into a warehouse this year and only selling thru 2 million units. And for christmas, they could easily sell 2 million units if the circumstances were right. Xbox 360 won't have a shortage... it's too accessible. Wii, is so cheap it'll no doubt have another impulsive shortage. Strange days, folks.
It will be a blood bath for Sony this Christmas. 2 million.....PLEASE.........it has only sold 5 million to date
SONY's PS3 even though it's selling well aint selling fast and out like the WII. plus Sony also manufactures it's harware so it should be able to meet demand and it will do fin this holiday. for tjose that cant get a Wii this holiday, will see 360's and 40 and 80gig PS3s in stock and ready for the taking. i think Sony this year will have a very strong holiday season world wide. and the NA market should look even more interesting. with how sony has aquired rights to market and advertise COD4 and AC, in adition to it;s PS3 games from it's first party i think they will be able to showcase an awesome value. all consoles will sell mazingly, but i'm more interested in how the PS3 will fare this holiday season. awesome stuff to tell you the truth
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