PS3 Slim Sells Out

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Sony’s last hope for revitalising its flagging videogame business this generation is apparently a huge success, with a host of Japanese retailers selling out of the PS3 Slim completely before the general release has even begun…

A quick tour of big name Japanese game and electronics retailers reveals inventory has all but dried up; confirmed as being completely sold out are Amazon, Yamada Denki, Sofmap, ubook, eDeji and Rakuten, with Bic, Yodobashi, Geo and Joshin having sold out of the Gundam bundle but not (yet?) the bare console.

Of course, no one would put it past Sony to deliberately restrict supply to stores in order to create “sold out!” headlines and create an air of rarity and desirability, as some might suspect Nintendo of doing with its hugely successful Wii when that was first released…


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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:57 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why has this been overrun by Box fanboys? Where's the usual "STFU disgusting nerd. Go play your shitty halo and gears of war"?

    Anyways, nice to see these things are actually (supposedly) selling. I honestly thought it would be the inverse: Seeing PS3slims stockpile in stores...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:22 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i will get a new ps3 when my one breaks down but i brought a ps2 to play ps2 games so need for me to get the newest ps3. i will when both broken down though

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:14 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol still losing money for each console sold.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:43 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    REGARDING BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY

    They won't reintroduce it, ever. They will continue to sell the PS2 until it isn't needed to subsidize the losses the fat PS3 generated, then they will recode their best games in HD with trophy support -- they are already starting to do that with the God of War 1 & 2 Collection and time its release with GoW III. Perhaps ICO / SoTC to follow suit with Last Guardian.

    Why should they offer BC if they cannot get money for it? It will only keep the used game sales market alive and they don't want that, they want to sell "new" games to people, and what better way to do that then by offering remakes!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:59 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    TerrawindX2 good read, expect ps3 slim can't play ps2 games...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:33 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah but still if you want a blu-ray player the best choice is a PS3. It will cost less and you can also browse the internet or play a game. Basically is cheaper than a normal player and does more things. I don't see how that isn't a good investment.

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    Comment by GodOfSpeed
    16:25 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Of course the PS3 Slim will sell out ;)

    And the upcoming FFXIII bundle (there's gonna to be one, trust me) will be the bomb, i expect at least 100k PS3 Slim sold in that week of FFXIII's release :P

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    Comment by hALOTOO
    16:15 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I only want the new Gundam game,I'm a gundam baka after all

    Comment by MonogatariStory
    23:02 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder why almost nobody else had realised one of the BIGGEST selling factors of the PS3 in general?

    It's obviously not just because of the games, but also because of its blu-ray capability!

    Compared to other blu ray players on the market, the PS3 is the best investment in a Blu Ray player since it was basically the CHEAPEST blu ray player around; other standalone players sell for much higher and do nothing else. The PS3 can play blu ray movies AND play HD games. Now the PS3 slim is MUCH CHEAPER than the fat, AND can start playing PS2 games. It's a definite win there.

    Xbox owners should consider investing in the PS3 because of its blu ray capabilities and ability to play exclusive PS3 games and PS2 games.

    I can see a trend that Xbox fanboys demonise the PS3 just because they can't own it, and by doing so they are justifying their own mistakes and doubts in purchasing the Xbox instead of the PS3. HDDVD is already out of the picture, so why bother to flock to a system that supports an outdated format? The Xbox can now only play DVD9 games, and no HDDVD as promised. Unless it switches to Blu Ray, the Xbox will not last that long. It's only lasting long in ASIA because DVD9s can be pirated while Blu Ray can't.

    Comment by flaskis
    17:48 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sells out in Japan, well that's one thing.
    Let's wait and see how it will sell in the rest of the world. Japan's market is only one part of the worldwide market.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:51 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd like to put this into perspective: Japan has an installed base of 3.33 million units, the smallest one worldwide, and this is the same for every other system out there, even portable ones.

    Any system that "sells out" in Japan (even moreso when its population is, for some unfathomable reason, battling its competition themselves, perhaps out of national pride or some other xenophobic crap) doesn't mean anything at all; the one market that "makes or breaks" systems is the American one. In fact, if it wasn't for both the Japanese generalized aversion for the 360 and Europe's overall preference for the PS3, the latter would be already dead by now.

    Just saying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:13 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Really? America sells more consoles? I seriously highly doubt that... China sells more... LOL, and if the USA is your basis for a console to sell out a success then you are as biased as fansboys go...you have to look at the bigger picture... there are larger markets other than North America... ASIA is by far a very large market for consoles wether you believe it or not.. China alone is selling consoles fast... the asian market is actually a big market for all console makers... The reason why xbox numbers look so high and mighty is because people who have their 360s break tend to buy another one while waiting for the warrantied unit to return.. personally I know a few friends who have 2-3 xbox 360 units at home, so they can swap the broken ones and still get to play.. that my friend is a pathetic excuse for sales figures..and IMHO I find those who actually do this quite pathetic...it's like being fooled by a company to buy extra for something that does not even deserve to be bought... talk about QC passed stickers on your 360s BAH!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:26 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ... You're kidding me, right?

    Because that was extremely hilarious, "lol overdose" caliber.

    Look, kid. Every single system in the history of videogames that ever managed to win a particular generation's console wars absolutely had to win over at the American market. Ever wondered how the Mega Drive/ Genesis, even though it bombed spectacularly in the Japanese market, managed to beat the NES and the SNES during 1992, eh?! The American market moves about double the amount of consoles and three times the amount of games that the Japanese one does, do you understand?

    See, the Chinese aren't even a democracy, less than half of its tremendous population can afford a games console, you following this OBVIOUS FACT? That AMERICANS HAVE A VASTLY WIDER INSTALL BASE OF GAME CONSUMERS, NO MATTER HOW MUCH WONDERFUL OR USELESS CRAP THE JAPANESE ONE GETS, EH??

    So, your sorry rant is baseless and, quite sincerely, retarded. Thanks for voicing your ill-informed opinion, anyways. I had a good laugh. ;D

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:08 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    u might be right with your history and figures thus far, but before the 80s, China didn't even open up yet. And obviously not until the 90s would it be more susceptible to entertaining products, i.e Consoles. And do take a good look at China's population distribution, much of it now is flowing into the coast like Shanghai where the purchase ability is increasing. And just to remind you that Asia includes not only China and japan, there's Korea, Philipines, Thailand, Indonesia and India, just for the couple of one's with higher population.and besides, if Sony gets Europe as well, which has a higher standard of living, in a way, Sony does earn a bit more in the console war. NO DOUBT that M$ is ripping all of us off with LOL-dows and other related products.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:12 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    and one more thing, China being democracy or not has nth to do with their purchase power on consoles, not games. Since ps3 is is a cheap blu-ray reader as well, u'll be expecting chinese pps to buy that over any other blu-ray player. That's a x2 win. Then again, the reason to buy it is not for gaming but for the blu-ray + reading all other pirated movies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:53 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ... Don't have a clue as to why everyone keeps bringing Windows into these discussions, but oh well...

    Another bit of info you may probably ignore; the Japanese gaming market is quite unique when compared to its neighbours in that PC gaming is rather weak. There has been an increasing tendency/ move to console gaming in the west for quite some time now, and Japan has known almost nothing but consoles throughout all their gaming history starting with the Famicom and having but scarce exceptions here and there (namely H-games for MSX, PC-FX and IBM PC). But China, South Korea and the other countries are almost entirely PC centric, there's still very little room for a console gaming market there.

    So, quite frankly, I don't see how they're gonna save the PS3. Sony even promised it'd "last 10 years", and I can almost smell a PS4 announcement for holiday 2010, in the same vein of Windows 7 replacing Vista even though they're almost the bloody goddamn same thing (hey, now I see the connection! :D ).

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:52 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    sadly that only shows how much your friends love to play xbox game, he dont even want to wait a week for repair rather then stop playing halo lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:51 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyway xbox suck.

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    Comment by Fapping Time
    08:55 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    of course it sold out. it was in japan after all...
    sorry sony, the gig is up...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:11 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ah I LOVE MY PS3 it so much better than the xbox 360 and my ps3 hasnt even used it full capability ps3>>>>>>>>>>>>>ALL OTHER SYSTEM
    if you think im wrong you should go look up why the ps3 is the best system out

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:11 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    it got sold out fast probably because they seen the hard drive can be change higher than 120gb. well i havent check out if it can go higher beyond 500gb to 1TB

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:14 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It can. I have a 20gb unit 1st generation ps3 and I swapped the drive with a 320gb HDD and works perfectly fine.. I am planning to swap to a 500gb one

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    Comment by Anonymous
    23:48 31/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    O M G soldout!? now i wants one!!

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    Comment by 13k
    23:57 31/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Resist the lemmings mentality.

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    Comment by Riiku
    00:06 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, and look at the price - $ 299 !! It's not 300, its only 200 !! You GOTTA buy it now!!!!

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    Comment by Riiku
    00:06 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah, typo. well you got teh idea

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:09 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it weren't for my DS flashcart I probably wouldn't play any new games at all. What a waste of money, what underhanded marketing tactics.

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    Comment by Riiku
    00:13 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The FBI is already coming to you

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    Comment by CowExtract
    08:12 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And on you...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:47 31/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Europe is in a few day?

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    Comment by Riiku
    23:00 31/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Teh conspiracy theory, you're doing it right

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    Comment by Anonymous
    22:59 31/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was wondering why PS3's sold even less thatn the PS2 in Japan over the last couple of weeks, but obviously people chose to wait for the Slim.

    I'm very happy with my sexy Phat, though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:45 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    THe PS3's were sold less than PS2 in the past weeeks because retailers weren't getting shipments of the old PS3. Haven't you been keeping up with the news lately?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:59 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because (old) PS3 cannot backward compatible with PS2

    And PS2 came out with tons of great RPG while there is alot of criteria for PS3 (online play , HD graphic .. stuffs like that)

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    Comment by Overt
    03:22 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guess what, the Slim has no PS2 compatibility. Not even in the future.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I still honestly believe that when ps2 sales drop down to a trickle they'll introduce it, maybe for a downloadable cost because money money money

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:59 31/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    man, i want a ps3 slim badly ~_~ are there any benchmarks yet?

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    Comment by Anonymous
    07:51 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow aren't you fail, anonymous.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:44 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Already have one, don't give a shit.

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    Comment by GreyToshiaki
    00:01 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    YOU FAIL.

    Ps3 slim is FASTER in new games and movies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:57 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    XD Sure, don't we all?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:58 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i got a ps3 slim...bought one cause my old 40 gb died...i found it to be really fast...no more useless logos popping around like the old model...it goes straight to loading the game

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:40 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love hotcakes!

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    Comment by Ken
    00:53 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I NEED one! Please Santa Claus, gimme 1 this x'mas!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:06 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    you guys should bought xbox

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:08 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You don't know how hardware works, do you ?

    Oh yeah and fail for japanese market...it's like:

    Breaking News:

    Fast Food sells like hot cakes in the US.





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