Sony PS3 hit by £10m in cancellations

The long-awaited UK launch of Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) games console has been marred by the cancellation of more than £10m worth of orders from retailers and consumers.

Retail industry sources claim the electronics giant has had as many as 20,000 pre-orders of the £425 console cancelled in the run-up to its delayed launch last Friday.

There have been none of the stock shortages typical of earlier console launches and the majority of the cancelled pre-orders are believed to have come from speculators hoping to sell the units on eBay for a profit.

Virgin Megastores claims to have ordered significantly more PS3 consoles than rival Nintendo Wiis or Xbox 360s, both of which sold out within 48 hours of hitting the shops before Christmas. However, it has sold only two-thirds of the several thousand PS3s available in its UK stores.

In an attempt to generate buzz around the launch, Sony offered a free Bravia TV worth £2000 to the first 125 gamers to purchase a console.

"The launch of the Play-Station 3 has been a victim of its own success,' said Stephen Lynne, senior promotions and partnerships manager at Virgin Megastores. 'There are so many available that consumers know they can get one when-ever they want."

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SuperSaiyan44762d ago (Edited 4762d ago )

Sony are stupid and desperate had to give HDTV's away to give themselves some positive publicity because no one else would, then paid some twat on GamerTV to act like a complete and utter idiot of a Sony fanboy.

Oh and does everyone know that the HDTV still does not come with a HDMI cable? HAHAHAHAHA

nice pic! LMFAO!!

Hey Rider pass some positive feedback my way will ya done for you matey! ;-D

DC RID3R4762d ago

I thought i was the ONLY one who noticed that :]

Gamer TV + The Gadget show are both backed primarily by sony supported companies. Not hating, just pointing out the fact that there's always 2 sides to a story. When you watch gamer TV or the gadget show, your watching sony. 0.o

But the REAL question is..............

shikwan4762d ago

That was just wrong! You can kill somebody with a gut shot, man. And that clearly was below the belt! lol

Caxtus7504762d ago (Edited 4762d ago )

lol i saw the gadget show on channel 5 last night too.

i laughed loads when he said "photo relaistic graphics" at Resitiance fall of man!

Nothing against the Ps3 at all...i even have one...but the graphics are not that strong when compared to the xbox 360's GOW or the Ps3's own motorstorm. IMO Res fall of man was kinda rubbish and dont even get me started on the animation. They should have showed off Motorstorm.

That aside- just reminding people that the people who turned up didnt know they would get a it wasnt an incentive(comment #1).

Sony couldn't win after the delay in my opinion. Not enough consoles to create a demand due to shortage would result in outrage as Europe has had to wait long enough already. Too many consoles makes people take their time to buy.

It will be interesting to see how it all works out.


Caxtus7504762d ago (Edited 4762d ago )

Sorry for double post :)


rowdy 14762d ago

is not allowed on this website. Quit crying. B1tch

Says you4762d ago (Edited 4762d ago )

Considering that you dont even know what your talking about and lieing to yourself 247 and the reason why Sony gave a free HDTV is for the patient gamers that has been waiting all night for morning to get a PS3 unlike you SuperSaiyan4 your more retarded than a sack of dildos and Sony isnt desperate when actually thats what you think. you would have to be extremely retarded in every way to actually believe your own words when you didnt even read the article in why Sony gave free HDTV for gamers that waited to get there PS3 and plus your just jealous cause Sony is doing well in europe than the XBox 360 and Chagy may be the reason why that Sony didnt advertise it cause they wanted to be a suprise have you thought of that d0uche bag.

spug4762d ago

WTF!!! PS3 is in market just 4 days... how can she doing well in just 4 days... How can she doing well if you go to a Store, and you can buy 1,2,3,4 and 5 PS3... Let's wait and see!!

lilwingman4762d ago

People cancelled their pre-orders, so they could just walk into a store and buy one instead? Sounds like a good thing to me.

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