Sony concerned over tight PS3 supplies?
The PS3 really hit it’s stride towards the back end of 2009. With a batch of top class games, and the PS3 Slim winning peoples hearts, even CEO and President of Sony Computer Entertainment Jack Tretton raised a smile.
Has this success come at a cost though?
There’s a lot that can be said when a console manufacturer is claiming to have supply issues. Most see it as a publicity stunt to raise a console’s profile – an opinion that wasn’t helped by the the first two years of the Nintendo Wii’s life.
Nintendo recived alot of complaints from people claiming that the Wii’s supply had been purposefully restricted to drive consumers into a frenzy over Christmas. If this is the case then it worked – over sixty million times.
Speaking to Joystiq, Sony’s senior director of corporate communications Patrick Seybold had the following to say;
“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.
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. We’re working closely with the retail channel to meet this demand, but expect tight supply for the coming months.”
Is this Sony admitting they weren’t expecting the high level of interest in the PS3? Or is it a case of them blowing their own trumpet for doing so well?
Whatever the case, we hope Sony can get past it quickly. With games like Heavy Rain and God of War III on the horizon, now really isn’t the time to be talking about having restricted supplies.