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The Playstation 2 shortage is about to be eased as electronics retailer, Dixons, has flown in "some thousands" of new machines.

The shipment, which according to a Dixon's spokeswoman came directly from Japan, arrived at Stanstead airport this morning aboard "a couple" of massive Russian Antonov transport planes.

All of Dixons' stores will get the Playstation 2s, but the number delivered to each outlet will depend on size and location. The company reckons it has about 1000 stores in all its chains (including Dixons itself, Currys, PC World and Gameplay) but, worryingly, the exact number varies from day to day.

Chris Ratcliff, editor of the trade price bible GameGuide, says that the shipment is very welcome. "We need the PS2s to mop up all the games floating around," he said. "I calculated that with 38 releases, even if each game only had a print run of 50,000, then there would be around 1.5 million games chasing 165,000 machines."

He said that without new shipments of the hardware then resellers would start to discount the PS2, devaluing the market and everyone involved would lose their margins.

Dixons' chief operating officer, David Hamid, told The Mirror: "Giving customers what they want does sometimes require a military style operation."

PS2 deprived gamers can call the Dixons info line on 0870 550047, which will put you in touch with your nearest store.

Dixons predicts an immediate sell out of the games console. ®

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