Where in the hell is the PS/3?

Last modified on May 29th, 2007

I remember back around Christmas, Sony announced that they were unable to meet the holiday demand for the PS/3. I suspect part of this may have been artificial, since the resulting huge line-ups across the country showered the company with press everywhere. Unfortunately, those events lead to the deaths of a few people in incidents that occurred while in the long line-ups in sometimes cold, outdoor conditions.

During that period, I had passively walked into whatever electronics store I could find, and asked if they had a PS/3 for sale. The answer was always no.

So here we are, nearly six months later, and I’m still completely surprised that I can’t find a PS/3 in the city. Is it really because the demand is outpacing the supply? I find this hard to believe since nobody I know owns one yet. However, several of my friends own Nintendo Wii’s. While I’m not really interested in the PS/3 as a gaming environment, it is still the cheapest Blue-Ray DVD player on the market, and since I’m considering ditching cable altogether, I would really like a DVD player capable of doing high-def (so my high-def TV doesn’t sit there getting dusty). Another solution (one which I’m sure Microsoft is kicking themselves in the ass for) is to buy a Xbox 360 external HD DVD player. Apparently, this is just a run-of-the-mill HD DVD player, and every computer on the market will recognize it as such. Unfortunately, getting a software DVD player that does high definition is another challenge entirely, which makes that solution trickier.

If anyone actually knows of anyone with a PS/3, I’d love to know since I’ve never, ever seen one.

5 responses to “Where in the hell is the PS/3?”

  1. cephyn says:

    That’s really, really surprising. PS3s have been in such low demand I could have bought one at almost any time in the past 4 months. Every best buy I’ve been to has them. Every EBGames has them. Target too. They’re everywhere…a couple months ago the sony (CEO? President? someone like that) offered $2500 if anyone could find a PS3 in stock anywhere – so the pennyarcade.com guys went around town and took pictures of about a dozen PS3s in stock at various stores. May I recommend

    I know a guy that bought 15 of them to sell on Ebay at launch – he could only move 5 of them. He still has 4 left.

  2. Sylvain says:

    Eric has one

  3. John says:

    You should hit the burbs….almost every time I’ve been in a Zellers, Best Buy, Future Shop, Superstores in Coquitlam, Lynn Valley, Langley I’ve seen PS3s (and laughed inside).

    Also check Roger’s Video as they sometimes have them in stock.

  4. phil says:

    Here in the states, it’s super easy to find one. In fact, good ole Newegg (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16868110009) has them in stock right now.

    I love my 360, but I think Blu-Ray stands a better chance of lasting.

  5. Mike says:

    Duane, I have a PS3 and an Xbox 360. There are tons of PS3s available down here in Vegas, and they don’t seem to be selling anywhere near as well as the Xbox or Wii.

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