PS3 Launch: Europe Delayed, N. America/Japan Quantities Slashed

Benjamin Nied - Sep 7, 2006, 12:00 am CDT

Really, really bad news for all you eagerly awaiting the launch of Sony’s upcoming behemoth, the PlayStation 3. European buyers won’t be receiving their consoles in November as originally planned; now those users will need to wait until March 2007 before they’ll be able to enjoy Sony’s new console. If you’re located in Japan and North America, and you’re thinking “well I lucked out; we’re still getting the console on-time,” you’re right…if you can find one. So how badly did the other two major regions see their launch quantities drop? Find out after the jump.

North America will see only 400,000 consoles available for the console’s launch, down from Sony’s plan of 1 million units. Japan will see even fewer units for launch, as only 100,000 consoles will be available during the console’s introduction. This means that, those who don’t already have a PS3 pre-ordered might have some trouble getting one, so get those pre-orders in as soon as possible. Keep in mind that, as far as I can tell, those 400,000/100,000 units are divided up between both the 20 and 60 GB PS3s, so users hoping for the extras available in the 60 GB PS3 might either have to wait or settle for the 20 GB version.

Sony is blaming the launch woes on a lack of blue diodes, which are used in the console’s Blu-ray disc drive. As a result of this Blu-ray shortage, Sony’s new console will possibly suffer from larger shortage issues than Microsoft did with the Xbox 360. Combined with Nintendo’s still-undated Wii launch and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 having its year-long head start (as well as rumors of a Christmas-time price drop), Sony is facing an uphill battle. Hopefully users will be able to grab a PS3 in the months following the initial launch, but for now, millions of users are going to be left waiting for Sony’s woes to lift.

[via GamePro]

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