Sony warns of PS3 shortages

"Tight supplies" of hardware expected over coming months

Sony has said that shortages of PlayStation 3 hardware could be imminent, following strong demand for the console over the holiday period.

According to a statement issued by the company's senior director of corporate communications, Patrick Seybold, following the release of January's NPD figures, demand for the console at retail has been exceptionally high over the last couple of months.

"We're working very hard with our retail partners to meet consumer interest, but the demand is tremendously high for the PS3 and we expect tight inventory in the coming months," he said.

January's US sales figures showed the PS3 experienced the highest year-on-year growth of all the consoles, amounting to 36 per cent. The console sold 1.36m units in December - a higher number than Xbox 360, just behind on 1.31m.

"The strong demand carrying through the holidays was evident and early in the month we [knew] there was going to be limited supply of the PS3 at retail in January," Seybold added, speaking to Joystiq. "We're working closely with the retail channel to meet this demand, but expect tight supply for the coming months."

In response to the shortage, Amazon US has restricted customers to one PS3 per household.

"As you may know, the PlayStation 3 120 GB is in great demand. In an effort to provide as many customers as possible with the opportunity to purchase PlayStation 3 120 GB, we are limiting the total number of [...] units that can be purchased. As a result, each household may only purchase one PlayStation 3 120 GB unit," the website currently reads.

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Excellent news. Finally the PS3 is at a price point and has the volume of games that it can really start getting the love it deserves.

I just hope developers will now start putting more resource into PS3 titles so we can forget about "comparisons" and "inferior PS3 ports"
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James Finlan Studying Information Systems, University of Manchester12 years ago
Don't kid yourself Mark, the pricepoint is still 50 too high for the mainstream in Europe and the attach rate still lags far behind the 360. Far too many PS3's are primarily being used as media centres and Blu-Ray players, the software sales normally bare witness to that as well with multi-platform game sales being a strong indicator that 360 users buy more games per console and actively gaming more on the console.

Modern Warfare 2 is the perfect example. 39 million consoles (360's) v 33 million consoles (PS3). Modern Warfare 2 sold more than twice as many copies on the the Microsoft console and yet the hardware sales lead is not even remotely close to 2:1 ratio. I am sure many other multi-platform titles are showing the same pattern as well.
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Otakar Schon Technology editor, Economia12 years ago
Sure, PS3 is still lagging and Microsoft is boasting its attach rate but things are starting to change since september 2009. It wont happen overnight but its getting better for Sony and people who invest in development fo PS3. Except for Bayonetta almost every multiplatform game looks samey on both consoles and to tell the difference you need digital foundry and their expertise. But yes, PS3 is superb media center except for its power consumption in earlier models.
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