Sony Computer Entertainment America might have to cut in half the expected allocation number of the highly-anticipated PlayStation 3 game consoles for the market of
Analyst PJ McNealy of American Technology Research said in a recent note to clients that according to his estimates Sony Computer Entertainment America only managed to ship 125 – 175 thousand of the PlayStation 3 game consoles to
“After further review, our research indicates that Sony’s PS3 opening weekend shipments were below our already lowered expectations, while Nintendo’s Wii numbers remained in-line... [Sony’s shipment] number is below our previously lowered expectations of 250K to 300K. We previously expected Sony Corp. (SNE) to be able to still make a calendar year 2006 North American and Japan shipment number of 2 million, but those numbers are now under review,” PJ McNealy is quoted as saying by GameDaily.biz web-site.
Back in September SCEA said that only 400 thousand of units will be available at launch in the USA/North America and 100 thousand would be shipped to
If both numbers are correct, then in the best case scenario Sony managed to ship only about 263 thousand of PS3s on the market for the launch, two times less than it planned in September, when it said that 100 thousand units would be available in
“We will continue to monitor the frequency and volume of SNE’s shipments to retail over the next 33 days or so ahead of Christmas, as well as the context of SNE’s ship-in numbers being a factory floor-invoiced number as of December 31st. To be crystal clear, we don’t expect it likely that SNE will update any of its hardware numbers before it reports its December quarter in late January. We believe that the December NPD report of North American November retail hardware is shaping up to be 125k to 175k, but outside of NPD and other local (Japan) market reports, we expect SNE to remain mum and focus on delivering units to retail,” Mr. McNealy said.
Sony PlayStation 3 console is based on the Cell processor developed by IBM, Sony and Toshiba, the RSX graphics chip by Nvidia Corp. and will be equipped with Blu-ray optical disk drive, a hardware part, which is merely available today.