The PlayStation 2 supply is also sliced in the UK.
It has recently been learned that Sony will cut the number of PS2 units for the system's UK launch. The much publicized shortage in the United States was reportedly due to manufacturing problems and component shortages, and the European situation can apparently be blamed on similar difficulties. Sony's goal was to ship 1 million hardware units to Europe, but Sony's recent trouble with finding certain components for their 128-bit behemoth has forced that number down to a modest 500,000. A reasonable 200,000 units were to be shipped to Britain for the UK launch alone, but that number has been chopped to 165,000 available units. Sony, in response to the European shortage, has made it known to electronics shops that the retailers are not to take any further preorders for the PlayStation 2.
On a more optimistic note however, Sony fully expects that the trimmed shipment will be able to meet the demands of the preorders that have already been made. As Sony announced earlier this year, the European launch of the PS2 has been bumped back to November 24, shattering Sony's hopes of launching the system on October 26, the same date that the American version of the console was released.
11/8/2000 Bryan Keers