Blink and Miss the Sony PSP launch

Endless Euro release saga to be blighted by hardware shortage?

Posted by Staff
Yes, yes, yes, we know. Everybodyís very excited about the launch of the PlayStation Portable this week. But donít get too carried away, please. It may just be that the closest youíre going to get to one for some time is ten seats down on the train from the achingly trendy early adopter/games journo/ultra-spoilt child/dedicated geek. Thatís right Ė exactly as close as you were likely to get to one at the beginning of the week.

At least thatís if you believe reports currently circulating in the press. Not only has Sony cruelly delayed the wunder-deviceís release in Europe, [I]and[/I] aggressively pursued any third party with the acumen to try and export it to us, it's also bringing a piffling 150,000 units to the rocky shores of this noble isle. Most of these will be snapped up at midnight on release day by a greasy, be-pustuled mass of Ďhardcore gamerthí Ė itís no secret that Dixons and Game have stopped taking pre-orders so itís anyoneís guess how many will be left in the morning, which is when normal people get up.

Of course, itís highly uncharacteristic of Sony to fall pathetically short of meeting demand at the launch of one of their new and much trumpeted games consoles. Weíre sure thereís nothing to worry aboutÖ
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DoctorDee 31 Aug 2005 18:36
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At present, here in New York state some months after the US launch there are still wide scale shortages of the PSP.

I went into a store yesterday who said that they had had 35 and one guy came in and bought them all.

Other stores simply don't have stock. It's a joke!

Guess that explains Sony Europe's widescale whinging about people buying imports. They were painfully aware that users were not going to be able to buy Euro product, and didn't want them to have access to Asian or American stocks.
Philip Wesley 31 Aug 2005 19:30
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35 PSPs? That would be about $8,750 before taxes.

Was this person a Sony employee or an exporter?

I've always wondered if Sony doesn't just rebuy their systems when they bomb to make it look like they are selling well.

Buying 35 units just means you intend to e-bay them them or sell them online.
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TigerUppercut 31 Aug 2005 19:35
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DoctorDee wrote:
At present, here in New York state some months after the US launch there are still wide scale shortages of the PSP.

I went into a store yesterday who said that they had had 35 and one guy came in and bought them all.

Other stores simply don't have stock. It's a joke!

Ha! I'd put money on him working for Sony. Over here, SCEE, in an amazing twist of irony and dishonour, was buying PSP hardware from importers for promo stock. Similarly, Nintendo was doing the same recently for Nintendogs... Strange world... :-)
fluffstardx 31 Aug 2005 20:57
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According to the newspapers this morning, Sony have promised 1 million units for the UK alone by the end of the year.

Yeah right.
Joji 31 Aug 2005 21:13
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Well I don't care about it til they drop that price. This whole lark about shortages is just pure bs. Sony are more well known for they 'organised' shortages of every console they release than Cadbury's are for damn good chocolate.

And they call importers shifty for importing PSP when they could have nipped them in the bud since late last year, damn pot calling the kettle black.

Still more up for the DS and that ain' gonna change anytime soon. Not because I'm a fanboy but because I'm a gamefan, regardless of format.
way 1 Sep 2005 02:18
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What did I tell you, they not only get you to wait for nearly a year (for their, now, outdated technology) to avoid shortages and delays (except over here ;) at a higher than world price (not forgetting stopping legal imports of the moderately priced foreign version and the home brew killing) now they give you a shortage. You wonder why I don't like supporting their PSP.

I know, it's like the only real console alternative is to buy a game cube, and that (can't learn that it would have sold better with DVD support at the current price) is not an alternative. It is no wonder I have not bought a home console for over 10 years. Overpriced consoles, over priced games, and when the price does come down, they are woefully under powered old consoles. Pathetic, my PC can smash them to death with performance or if I just drop it on them ;)

You guys should just go out and buy the gamepark and go stand outside Sony head quarters with the media cameras and protest. They will be looking out the windows (oops can't use that term MS owns it, sic) blinking their eyes wondering what on earth is going on and what those white game machines are.

Nintendo should learn and fill the gap, a handheld game cube (enhanced with USB, UWB, linux and online home brew development and game service) and a portable stripped down a5 tablet version of the Revolution (with DVD) would leave the competition on the back foot.
sQuashEd 1 Sep 2005 07:21
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Sony is gay. I hope they die
config 1 Sep 2005 09:06
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sQuashEd wrote:
Sony is gay. I hope they die


Make your mind up!

It's either;

Sony are gay. I hope they die.

or

Sony is gay. I hope it dies.

Both are consistent. Only one is correct.

Anyway... how does a company discover its own sexuality???
way 1 Sep 2005 11:10
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config wrote:
Anyway... how does a company discover its own sexuality???


Sony she's a company.
sQuashEd 1 Sep 2005 11:43
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By 'they' i mean the people that run the Sony company. By 'gay', i meant dissolute.
fluffstardx 1 Sep 2005 14:46
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config wrote:
Anyway... how does a company discover its own sexuality???

By playing with itself too much? :P
tyrion 1 Sep 2005 16:51
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Well the day is drawing to a close. Did anybody miss the PSP launch?

Here are my impressions, if you haven't seen them already.
LUPOS 1 Sep 2005 22:00
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config wrote:

Anyway... how does a company discover its own sexuality???


akward encounter in the shower after gym class?

sony is definiley a woman... teaseing you with fancy demos... making you wait a year longer than any of your frineds for what you really want... and the time they spend on looks... it a wonder they can ever get their consoles out.

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