UK Gets "At Least" 220k PS3s For Launch
Sony only managed to ship about 80,000 PS3s to Japan for the November 11 launch and 200,000 units to the U.S. for November 17. Europe doesn't usually see as many units as either region for their console launches, but thankfully, that's not the case this time.
A goodly number of PS3s available for the UK launch is absolutely essential, and according to a recent MCV report, Sony Computer Entertainment UK's Managing Director Ray Maguire has confirmed the country will get at least 220,000 machines for launch day.
"I think if I go down on bended knee, I might get a little bit more [and] I will try to get as many units as I possibly can," he said. "But it will certainly be the biggest launch that the games industry has ever seen, in terms of day one numbers into the marketplace."
It may not sound like a lot, but considering Sony's production problems with the PS3 in 2006 - combined with the fact those issues have been apparently solved - 220,000 isn't a bad number. And if they can get more like 250-300k, that'd be even better. Many analysts are predicting a very solid PS3 launch over there, primarily because of better PS3 availability and a far better selection of launch titles.
2/3/2007 Ben Dutka