The PS3 console will be launched this Friday in Taiwan but it looks like Taiwanese consumers will need lots of luck to get their hands on one. There are 23 million people in Taiwan, and DigiTimes reports Sony plans to have only 500 units available for the Taiwanese launch. What a joke:
In Taiwan, 150 PS3 consoles will be available for sale at a launch ceremony in downtown Taipei in addition to a quota of 350 units for sale through 35 selected retail outlets which will have 10 units distributed to each, SCEH Taiwan branch pointed out. The outlets include seven Tsann Kuen electronics stores, eight Fnac chain stores and Sony's franchise stores.
People in the United States are a bit more fortunate, according to a report there will be about 150,000 to 200,000 units available for the launch:
“We expect Sony to deliver 150-200K units to stores in the United States for the launch; consumers without pre-orders may find it difficult to locate an available system. We estimate sales of approximately 750K PS3s domestically by year-end. We expect a more robust launch from Nintendo, with at least 1.2 million units sold in the U.S. and up to four million units shipped worldwide by year-end,” said Colin Sebastian, an analyst with Lazard Capital Markets, reports Gamasutra web-site.