Feeds

PS2 sales highlight Sony's challenge as PS3 debuts in Japan

Buyers queue for hours, stores sell out

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Sony's PlayStation 3 got off to a brisk start this weekend when the next-generation games console made its Japanese debut. Reports from around the Net claim numerous retailers sold out of PS3s, but since none would say how many they had to sell, the value of the claim remains dubious.

Sony in the past said it would be shipping 100,000 PS3s into Japan for the console's introduction - not a big number in games-machine roll-out terms, and a lot less than the number of Wiis Nintendo is expected to ship for its launch on 2 December.

Reuters and others reported thousand-person queues lining up in front of Tokyo PS3 stockists in the cold, November morning this past Saturday. Ken 'Father of the PlayStation' Kutaragi was on hand to welcome them ahead of the 7am kick-off and to help Sony make the most of a media opportunity it so desperately needs to go its way. Some eager buyers spent up to 12 hours in line, reports claimed.

The PS3 is due to launch in the US on 17 November, but Europeans will have to wait until March 2007. That leaves Sony Computer Entertainment Europe limited to promoting the PS2 during the key Christmas sales period. On Friday, SCEE announced it has shipped more than 40m PS2s - a million more units than the original PlayStation and its derivatives.

And that's just Europe. Adding in the US and Japan will more than double that figure.

The success of the PS2 highlights just how much is riding on the PS3, and the pressure on Sony to get the next-generation machine right. ®

Application security programs and practises

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff
We have found the Holy Grail (of batteries) - boffins
Microsoft confirms secret Surface will never see the light of day
Microsoft's form 8-K records decision 'not to ship a new form factor'
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.