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 Nov 29, 2004 - 12:00 PM - by Michael
* Sony engineering PSP "Shortage"?

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In a move that harkens back to the PS2's deliberately-caused "shortages" and "sold out" status, Sony may be deliberately holding back PSP stock according to Kikizo Games.

The PSP officially goes on sale in Japan on 12 December, and several retailers have said that they will not be taking pre-orders at all for the much-in-demand portable. Other stores that had earlier taken pre-orders have reported that they won't be taking any more pre-orders either.

Sony is indirectly causing this anguish to the Japanese by its reluctance to nail down specifics for the upcoming PSP launch. At issue is the precise number of PSPs stores can expect to receive, and this is making retailers hesitant to promise more than they can deliver.

Sony recently said that it will have around 200,000 PSPs ready to go on launch day and that it would ramp up production to hit half a million units by the end of the year.
Launching with that limited a number is a bit silly, especially given what they have to know about their preorder demand. Thus my suspicions that they're deliberately keeping the supply low...

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