PS3 News: Japan Attempting PS3 Crowd Control - PS3 News

Members Login: Register | Why sign up? | Forgot Password?

Japan Attempting PS3 Crowd Control

They may already be lining up for the PS3 here in the U.S., but due to the huge shortage in Japan, would-be owners are being forced to utilize some ingenuity.

Japanese retailers have to manage the day's insanity, especially with only about 80,000 PS3s available on launch day, and they've also had to curtail preorder activities. Some stores have simply opted to sell units to whoever is lined up at 7 a.m., or hold raffles on the PS3s they have in their inventory. Sony's online store, which did offer a preorder program for the PSP, isn't offering any preorders for the PS3.

But the actual "lining up" process is proving to be quite the fiasco. Some stores are allowing consumers to just wait outside, but others are discouraging those hardcore overnight campers. The Yodabashi Camera in Shinjuku, Tokyo's large electronics retailer, has been telling any "campers" to disperse. Remember, large, long-standing throngs in Japan are considered a public nuisance, so any store that allows such behavior is risking authority action.

Still, even with the presence of police officers controlling the crowds and encouraging them to go home until it's time, the gatherings won't likely disappear entirely. And when the time does come, most will probably arrange themselves into a line for their impending purchase.

11/10/2006 Ben Dutka

Put this on your webpage or blog:
Email this to a friend
Follow PSX Extreme on Twitter

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google Share on MySpace Share on Delicious Share on Digg Share on Google Buzz Share via E-Mail Share via Tumblr Share via Posterous

Comments (0 posts)

There are no comments to display.

Leave a Comment

Please login or register to leave a comment.

Our Poll

2014 PSXE Reader's Choice GotY: Vote Now!
Watch Dogs
Dark Souls II
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Velocity 2X
inFamous: Second Son
Far Cry 4
Dragon Age: Inqusition
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Assassin's Creed Unity
Child of Light

Previous Poll Results