Eager PS3 fans deplete store inventories.
Nikkei Keizai Shimbun reported in late October that Sony had to revise its launch numbers from 100,000 to 80,000 units for Japan. Problems with blue laser diodes was the most frequently cited reason for the production cut, but it looks as though Sony has been able to deliver above and beyond the 80,000 figure.
Sony managed to sell roughly 88,400 PS3s in the first two days of availability in Japan. According to Enterbrain, most stores in Japan have been completely depleted of inventory and are awaiting the second wave of the consoles.
Of the 88,400 units sold, around 62% were the more advanced 60GB version which also includes a multi-card reader and WiFi. US retailers are expected to receive an 80%/20% split of 60GB/20GB models.
Enterbrain also reported that the top-selling games for the PS3 so far have been Ridge Racer 7 and Mobile Suit Gundam: Target in Sight. Both titles have racked up sales of about 30,000 each in two days.
Eager US fans of the PS3 will have their big day on the 17th. For those of you who simply can’t wait until then and want to see as much of the PS3 as possible now, you can check out DailyTech’s tear-down of the PS3 or take a peek at the PS3’s user guide.
News source: DAILYTECH