Sony expects to ship 3 million PSPs by March ‘05.

Sony’s latest financial report projects the company will ship a total of 3 million of their upcoming Playstation Portable (PSP) systems by March of next year. That sounds like a lot of units, but it actually suggests that fans looking to pick one of these new toys up can expect the same kind of shortages that plagued the launch of the PS2. According to the folks at Games that may not be an entirely bad thing for Sony:

Three million units may seem like a lot, but spread around three global launches the figure is less impressive. Allowing for a larger allocation to the United States, you’re probably looking at less than a million units each for Europe and Japan – not a bad figure, but low enough to ensure that the demand for the device described famously by SCE boss Ken Kutaragi as the “Walkman for the 21st century” will outstrip supply at launch.

While the three million figure is probably based entirely in the company’s manufacturing capacity for the portable console – if they could make more, they would – there’s also a question mark over whether launch shortages would actually be a disadvantage anyway. Although many consumers were annoyed by the shortages of the PS2 at launch, stories of huge queues outside electronics retailers and consoles selling for massively inflated prices on eBay won Sony the sort of mainstream media publicity that money can’t buy – and cemented the PlayStation 2 in the minds of consumers as one of the most desirable items of the holiday season.

Given that the PSP looks like it’ll set a new standard for what to expect from a portable gaming system it’s likely that demand for it will be high and shortages could end up being some of the best advertising for how good the system is that Sony could hope for.

6 thoughts on “Sony expects to ship 3 million PSPs by March ‘05.

  1. I’m torn. 

    I’m in the game industry, and I pride myself (which may be silly) on getting these kinds of units the second they come out.  I saw this article and found myself dialing my game store to pre-order. bah.

    The problem is, these kinds of consoles (PS/2 included) always go through a couple of release versions.  The first PS/2’s released in the U.S. can’t read dual-layer DVDs.  Now, there’s only been 2 games released on dual-layer, but those two can’t be played on those units.  The first PlayStation (1) units had CD drives that would fail after an average 90k seeks.  This is not really a large number, given that game developers were unaware of this limitation, and therefore could have written “unfriendly” code.

    I look forward to the PSP launch with unbridled lust, and I can afford to buy a new one if the first round has issues down the road.  If you can’t or don’t want to, then I’d wait till the initial fervor dies down.  First gen games aren’t usually that great.  Wait a few months, and you’ll probably be happier.


  2. Its definitely a good idea for them to ship too few units. I remember when the playstation 2 came out I was working at Wal-Mart so I bought four with my employee discount and auctioned them on e-bay for a shit-load of money. Hell, I remember I made 800 off just one of them

  3. and yet it still wont touch a good PC.

    PC is by far the best gaming system.

  4. Perhaps, but I can’t stick my PC into my shirt pocket.

    For certain games, yes, the PC is a better platform. I won’t play FPS games on a console because of the controller. RTS games either.

    But then I won’t play most racing games, fighting games, platformers and so on on the PC for exactly the same reason. Third person action games are a toss-up, some are better on the PC some better on the console.

    I own and enjoy both forms of gaming and I’m not at all likely to ever prefer one over the other.

  5. but you can stick your pc in your pocket. they have thows tablet pcs half the size of a normal piece of paper

  6. Indeed they do, but they’re not suited to gaming and they make the price of the PSP seem cheap in comparison.

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