Playstation 2 shortage gets much shorter in US.
At a national telephone conference today, Sony reported that they will only be shipping 500,000 Playstation 2 units on October 26th rather than the originally planned 1 million. There was no real reason given for the major cutback, but sources say that memory chip production isn't as fast as Sony hoped for it to be, therefore some crucial parts for the PS2 are in lack of availability. It was also said that the DVD had absolutely nothing to do with the drawback so I don't want anybody jumping to conclusions.
Don't be completely discouraged folks, you chances of getting a PS2 are still fairly good because the week after the release, Sony will ship an extra 100,000 PS2s every week until the end of the year, then plans to ship 1.3 million by the end of the year and 3 million by the end of the current fiscal year (March 31, 2001). At the E3 Show earlier this year Sony promised 1.3 million units by the end of year 2000 and seem to be on track to deliver that, meaning that today's news basically changes their shipment schedule, or at least lets hope that it turns out this way. Unit shortage will be spread evenly throughout the country because each retailer will receive half of the number of units they were suppose to get. Sony executives also said that they are working to increase their production from the current 400,000 units per month to 1 million per month and then to their target rate of 1.4 million by March 31st, 2000.
Gamers can expect to see around 30 launch games, with 24 more games to be released before the year's end. The company has also confirmed the official number of games in development to be 270 and there are 301 developers and publishers that are working on them. Also Sony still believes that they will be shipping at least 10 million PS2s, by March 31, 2001. There were no words mentioned about the European launch.