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They will probably sell out of them, if that is what you are asking.
[They may do central pre-orders as they did with the PS2, allowing only 1 per household etc]
Sony have indicated that their supply chain should be more robust than MS (though of course they would say that), so we may not see the supply constraints we saw with the 360 (e.g. beyond Xmas shortages).
it may prove harder to get hold of one, but that doesnt really show anything other than a sony not providing the numbers of consoles.
i dont think its got a cat in hells chance of doing more popular than the 360 at launch, as the ps3 will have to contend with the wii and a cheaper 360 anyways.
when the 360 was released it was the only next gen console available, thats what made it seem popular. the ps3 is going to have a really tough time of it i think. it might do well but it wont dominate the market at all imo.
But how does that make it more successful? The 360 sold out as far as I remember... I'm sure the Wii will sell out also. The first 6 months proves nothing, as has been shown historically. Didn't the Dreamcast sell really well at launch?
It's the mass market down the line sales that count.
Absolutely. The big difference here is Japan, no-one will touch the PS3 there obviously. But in the US/Europe (which are both bigger markets anyway) ther is a very different story to tell, and I feel the balance will be far more even this time round, which is a good thing for us game lovers!
Sony have a massive hold in Japan, as do Nintendo. There's very little chance that the PS3 won't dominate as Sony meet the needs of the Japanese market so well, whereas MS don't at all. MS haven't got near to hitting that critical mass in Japan where there's a large enough customer base for developers to push out loads of Japanese-centric titles - it's a catch 22 situation. Sony on the other hand have established relationships with these developers and so titles will be that much easier to push out.