Sony has to be excited about its game console sales outlook for the present year. Followed by its victory in the HD format war, the PlayStation 3 seems to be enjoying the momentum it had lacked so far and that its competitors, namely Microsoft and Nintendo, had shared at different points in time during 2006 and 2007.

With such a huge number of happy PS2 owners, the PlayStation 3 looked like a winner on paper but it faced mortal - and considerably cheaper - competition since launch. But if things go smoothly for the Japanese giant in the coming months, it could be set to dominate the console world once again, boosted by consumer thirst for a capable HD movie player. After all, the PS3 remains at large as one of the cheapest Blu-ray players. To some, one of the best players, too, considering Sony has kept rolling updates that last week made the PS3 the first official Profile 2.0 Blu-ray device.

But the good news could stop there if Sony falls short of supply. This week we tried to gather information from retail and online outlets and they all seemed to be out of stock of 80GB models (the only model in production carrying backwards compatibility), although the cheaper 40GB models were still available from a number of establishments.