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Start your engines: PS3's are in production

According to certain reports, Asustek Computer has started shipping PlayStation 3's back to Sony in small numbers as the manufacturing process is clearly underway. Two hundred thousand component sets were shipped to Asus in June and over one million are planned for September and October.

This means the hardware has finally been ironed out and that they're ready to get things started. Higher volumes are expected in the coming months, so it looks like their projected 2 million unit launch availability will happen after all. However, those units are going to be stretched thin over many a region, and if demand spikes then we could see a shortage before the end. But we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

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1. When November rolls around, the PS3 sells more units than MS could even dream, and all the anti-Sony fans get a kick in the face, I want photos of their reactions.

I wasn't a Sony fan completely until the latest trend of ignorant Sony bashing started popping up in Comments here and on blatently obvious posts on Joystiq. Pick the lesser of evils here, Microsoft or Sony. Right now, MS has my vote for worst attempt to "appease the masses". It's going to take alot more than XBox Live to make me respect MS. I do however respect Nintendo for providing a nice cheap introduction system with hopefully fun games like my DSLite. Although, I still can't get past the fact that I like to vegetate when I play games, and movement based controls will be a sure way to detract from my enjoyment of the game. We will have to see how it works out in 2007...

Posted at 10:00AM on Jul 19th 2006 by Andir2.0 0 stars

2. With reports from IBM stating they are only getting a 10-20% yield of good Cell processors during manufacturing... it will be interesting to see if Sony can produce enough PS3s for delivery.

I expect we will see the X360 all over again.

Posted at 11:04AM on Jul 19th 2006 by jc 0 stars

3. 360 all over again would be the best case scenario... with the price and the holiday season (how many parents are gonna buy this for their kids when the wii and 360 are right next to it?) i am worried that there wont be any shortages (if that makes sense)

Posted at 12:09PM on Jul 19th 2006 by Paul 1 star

4. In this country that we live in where everything is bigger and better your wondering how many parents are goin to buy PS3s for their spoiled kids who will cry at no end to get what they want... plus everyone else who is saving up to get it... Its goin to sell... and and ms better come up with something better than xbox live and halo 3 if they want to stay ahead of the next-gen pack.

Posted at 1:24PM on Jul 19th 2006 by ODOD 0 stars

5. Forget little kids asking for this for Christmas, they will not get it. Parents arn't about to pay this much money for a system quite yet. I'll tell you this though, there will definitely be a shrtage of the PS3 this November.

Poeple have been complaining about the price since we heard about it. Personally I could care less about the price. I work on O.K. job in college and I purchased a cell phone that costs $500. If I want a PS3, I'll make it happen. We've had a few months already and there's a few more to go to save the money. Put aside $20 a week and you can have your PS3 before Christmas, it's not that bad.

The reason the PS3 will be out solf out here in the U.S. is because of college student like me across the country.

Posted at 2:35PM on Jul 19th 2006 by Nick 0 stars

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