Post by DZ: WF Legacy on Nov 12, 2006 16:58:29 GMT -5
My local Walmart has this model on display. That thing looks so sleek in person. I was eavesdropping on some employees, and they said they were only planning to get 5 or 6 PS3s on launch day. That's just fantastic! Now I have to arrive at the asscrack of morning to even get one.
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GameStop not getting enough PS3s to fill preorders Retailer's launch allocations not expected to cover original batch of reservations; employees "asked" to wait until second shipment to buy systems. By Brendan Sinclair, GameSpot Posted Nov 13, 2006 12:28 pm PT Last month, retailer GameStop began accepting "limited" preorders for the PlayStation 3, asking customers to put down $100 in advance for the system, with a modest expectation of eight units per store in most cases. Now it appears the largest gaming specialty chain in North America won't be receiving even that many systems.
A GameStop representative told GameSpot today that the company received launch allocation numbers from Sony, and that it won't be able to fill its existing PS3 preorders. The representative declined to comment on how many systems GameStop expected to receive, or how short of that figure the company's share of systems would be.
"We are beginning to notify our customers that our initial shipment of PS3 systems will not be what we expected," the representative said. "As this is not an ideal situation, we are asking employees to wait to purchase systems until the second shipment. We are anticipating having systems to cover reservations before Christmas."
For launch day, preorders will be filled in the order they were received, and those who had a preorder but are denied a system on day one will receive something for their troubles. GameStop will give those unfortunate customers (as well as unfortunate employees) a free used game or DVD valued at $19.99 or less when they eventually wind up purchasing the system.
Those who reserved a system won't need to wait long to find out if they can expect a system on launch day. Starting tomorrow, customers who preordered a PS3 will be contacted personally by phone and updated on the status of their reservation, the rep said.
And while it might be a nonissue considering the clamor for consumers to get their hands on the coveted systems, GameStop is also asking anyone with a confirmed preorder to pick their systems up by Saturday evening.
I am so getting the 360 for sure now. The PS3 looks like a let down for me... I mean with Xbox supporting most of the big games now (SVR series, GTA series plus Halo) im pretty much set. I may get it in a few years when it knocks down in price
Sony Says PlayStation 3 Can't Play Old Games Properly (Update2)
By Kanoko Matsuyama
Nov. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Sony Corp., the world's largest maker of game consoles, said its PlayStation 3 can't play software titles designed for older consoles properly, marring the company's launch of its newest machine after a shortage.
Titles including the Gran Turismo and Final Fantasy series sold for the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 can't display menus properly and graphics sometimes freeze, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., the company's gaming unit, said on its Japanese Web site. Software updates to the console will be provided to fix the problems, the statement said.
The software problem is another setback for Sony, which is banking on the PlayStation 3 to beat rival consoles from Microsoft Corp. and Nintendo Co. and to help revive earnings growth. A shortage of components for the high-definition Blu-ray DVD player in the machine caused Sony to delay sales in Europe by four months and halve shipments to 2 million for 2006.
``Some customers will refrain from buying the PlayStation,'' said Yuuki Sakurai, who helps manage $5.9 billion at Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Tokyo. ``There's a chance Sony will lose its lead to Nintendo's Wii.''
The PlayStation 3's 49,980 yen ($425) price tag is almost double that of rivals. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft sells a version of the Xbox 360 machine for 29,800 yen in Japan, while Nintendo Co. will offer the Wii console for 25,000 yen.
Shares of Sony gained 0.6 percent to 4,720 yen as of 2:35 p.m. in Tokyo. The stock slid 9.9 percent in the past six months, compared with a 1.4 percent drop in the Nikkei 225 Stock Average.
The original PlayStation, introduced in 1994, and its successor have each sold more than 100 million units worldwide, making them the two best-selling game consoles.
Sony Computer spokesman Satoshi Fukuoka said 7,902 titles were released for the PlayStation and 8,181 games for the PlayStation 2. He declined to say how many games are affected. About 200 titles have issues, the Sankei newspaper reported today, without saying where it got the information.
Users can access Sony Computer's Web site to check which games are affected as each title has a different issue, Sony Computer said. A search for Gran Turismo, a racing car game, showed three issues including frozen graphics and miscued music.
Sony started sales of the PlayStation 3 last weekend, offering 100,000 units in Japan. Sales begin in the U.S. with 400,000 consoles available from Nov. 17.
The company said a day before the Japan launch on Nov. 11 that customers who buy the PlayStation 3 will need to download a software upgrade to be able to play against other online users.
The PlayStation 3 employs a new Cell processor 40 times faster than the chip in its predecessor. Sony is also betting game fans will prefer the PlayStation 3's souped-up graphics and more lifelike characters over Nintendo's Wii console.
Nintendo's Wii console, which goes on sale in the U.S. on Nov. 19 and two weeks later in Japan, uses less-sophisticated graphics but woos game fans with an innovative wireless control system based on hand motions.
Sony forecasts profit this fiscal year ending March 31, 2007, will fall 35 percent to 80 billion yen, after the company said it will book a 51.2 billion yen charge for recalling 9.6 million notebook computer batteries that were fire hazards.
The games business generated 918 billion yen in sales in 2006, 12 percent of Sony's 7.48 trillion yen revenue. Sales at the games unit gained an average 31 percent in the past two years, the second fastest after financial services, which averaged 34 percent. By contrast, Sony's consumer electronics business shrank by an average 0.9 percent during the past two years.