Sony faces production woes on PlayStation 3

By Justin Mann on October 26, 2006, 10:47 AM
We've heard about Sony intentionally relying on more than one company to manufacture their PlayStation 3 units. Despite that, could they still be facing a severe shortage, one that may prevent them from reaching their shipment quota? Originally committing to ship 6 million units by March of next year, 4 million of which would be shipped this year, they are now saying they may only get half that:

Sony earlier said it would only be able to ship 400 thousand of PlayStation 3 game consoles to the U.S. and 100 thousand to Japan for the launch in November, 2006. During the whole calendar year 2006 the company aims to distribute, according to news reports, two million new-generation consoles, two times less than anticipated. But the company does not seem to be sure it would meet its “targets”.
They will be only using Asustek to provide units this year, but the problem does not appear to be an inability to manufacture them fast, it appears to be a supply issue. Primarily, they are citing the inability to manufacture a decent amount of Blu-ray devices, a problem they had hoped to solve but were unable to. One problem consoles have seen the past years upon release is people hording them and reselling for much higher than retail. Given the already high cost of the PS3, lowered shipments will only amplify that problem.




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buttus said:
The sad part of all this is that people will still be clawing, biting and scratching for these first few mesely units to crawl off the production lines. Given the production issues and delays one can only imagine the amount of technical defects the first gen of PS3 will contain and yet consumers will pay the heft pricetage to take home this amount of frustration. Every single first gen of any gaming system has always been plagued by glitches. PSP, XBox 360, XBox, PS2 and the list goes on. I for one will wait patiently for the 2nd gen to roll off the production lines after the first myriad of issues has been resolved.Although in the meantime, maybe Techspot can do some sort of PS3 contest/giveaway????Ah Christmas is indeed the time of miracles. :)
bushwhacker said:
[b]Originally posted by buttus:[/b][quote]The sad part of all this is that people will still be clawing, biting and scratching for these first few mesely units to crawl off the production lines. Given the production issues and delays one can only imagine the amount of technical defects the first gen of PS3 will contain and yet consumers will pay the heft pricetage to take home this amount of frustration. Every single first gen of any gaming system has always been plagued by glitches. PSP, XBox 360, XBox, PS2 and the list goes on. I for one will wait patiently for the 2nd gen to roll off the production lines after the first myriad of issues has been resolved.Although in the meantime, maybe Techspot can do some sort of PS3 contest/giveaway????Ah Christmas is indeed the time of miracles. :)[/quote]I dont know, it is too expensive right now. (Over $500 US.) for just basic.
---agissi--- said:
Not to mention they're all sold out! DERRUnless Julio wants to go wait in line at Walmart for 10 odd hours.. in the cold to get one. EB Games only had 16 available for preorder and I live in a big town of 40,000.
spydercanopus said:
ASUS makes pure garbage. I build computers for a living and more than half the ASUS boards we use need to be replaced.I'm so glad I'm not buying a PS3. After I bought the first gen Playstation and had to turn it upside-down to play after 2 months, then bought a first gen Playstation2 and it had to be sent in to be fixed, there is no way I'm going to buy a first gen Playstation3. ESPECIALLY made by ASUS. I'm going Wii for now, and next christmas I'll probably get a PS3.
9Nails said:
I think I'll follow that same path. Prices are just to high this year. Not only for PS3's, but also for controllers, games, movies, and the HD-TV set. I can snatch up a Wii, a few games, and controllers and still be under the PS3 cost. And I expect it to satisfy my gaming needs until this high-definition movement can be made a little more consumer friendly in terms of DRM and price.
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