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Launch Details in Kaz Hirai Interview | PS3Blog.net

Gamespot just posted an interview with Sony exec, Kaz Hirai.

The one point that struck me is this:

I think that we’ve always talked about shipping 2 million units worldwide within the calendar year. Since we’re going with three territories, we haven’t really come up with an allocation just yet. But even if you do the simple math you’re talking about less than 700,000 units per territory, per major territory, between launch and the end of the year. So even if there was some fluctuation–you give Japan more, you give the US more, what have you–you’re going to end up with some shortages.

Two million this calendar year? I thought it was two million at launch, four million by the end of the calendar year, and six million by the end of March 2007.

This does sound like a more realistic target but it’s very disappointing to see half of the expected launch volume disappear. Shortages are now nearly guaranteed during this holiday season.

The 360 sold a total of 607,000 by the end of calendar 2005, so we should still see more than triple that volume with the PS3 this holiday. But that’s probably still not enough to avoid major shortages.

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UPDATE: Sony has corrected Kaz Hirai’s statement and said that they are still on track for their original estimates of two million at launch, four million by the end of the calendar year, and six million by the end of March 2007.

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  1. inspectre

    Kaz numbers seem to be the same announced at E3. 2 million at launch, 3 million at end of year, 6 million by the end of March 2007.

    I’d hoped it would be more too.

  2. I was under the impression it was 2m per month.

    There was always going to be shortages so these comments by Kaz doesn’t change a thing.

  3. This is from IGN:

    “Kutaragi also took the time to comment on Sony’s shipping targets for the system. SCE plans to have two million units available at launch (the Japanese press reports this as the initial shipment figure for the system, and not a number that will be gradually released over a launch window), with another two million by the end of the year and two million more before the end of March 2007.”

    It went from four million by the end of calendar 2006 to two million.

    Sure there would have been shortages anyway, but now they will be worse. Probably not as bad as the 360 shortages from 2005 but still…

  4. The Prince Of Ecuador

    Sony has issued a statement correcting Kaz Hirai’s slip-up: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=19163

    We can still expect 2 million consoles at launch and 4 million by the end of the year.

  5. Thanks Prince. Updated the main post.

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