PlayStation 3 to face shortages at launch?
Mitsubishi UJF Securities, a Japanese investment banking firm, has
downgraded Sony's stock based on belief that the company's initial
supply of PlayStation 3 consoles will
fall short of expectations
. A report by the investment banking firm
says Sony will only be able to deliver half as many consoles as planned,
which could cause shortages and increase the time it will take for Sony
to recoup its investments. For consumers, limited initial supply might
also mean much higher prices than the announced $499-599 come the PS3's
November 17 launch in North America.
The Japanese analysts don't appear to have cited any specific evidence
for their claims. However, their expectations do fit together nicely
with previous reports that the PS3 hadn't
yet entered production last week and that yields of the console's
Cell processor are sub-par. Thanks to
HardOCP for the tip.