Through a bizarre twist, the United States hit 1 million PS3 units shipped before Japan, even though the console went on sale first over there. However, through persistence and, well, shipping, Sony has now hit the 2 million worldwide mark by shipping a total of 1 million units to Japan. According to Reuters, the Japan launch has been less than exemplary. “”The biggest factor is the high price,” said Hiroshi Kamide, an analyst with KBC Securities. “It is hard to understand for users why they should pay that much for the product.” Things appear a touch cheerier in the States.
American Technology Research analyst, Paul-Jon McNealy, has found quite a few PS3s on store shelfs. “Our channel checks yesterday of 52 retail stores, from boutiques to big-box retailers, showed that 28 of the 52 stores had PS3 consoles in stock, while none had Wii consoles in stock,” said McNealy. He went on to say that the stores having the PS3 in stock doesn’t necessarily mean that there isn’t a demand.
David Karraker, Sony spokesman, said that Sony is bringing in 100,000 units a week to try to catch up with demand, and that’s why you can find PS3s at the stores. “It isn’t because demand has weakened, it is because we have kept the supply pipeline moving,” commented Karraker. If it’s indeed supply problems, this is good news for Sony. Otherwise, well, not so good.