Gamasutra is reporting on the possibility that there may only be 150,000 - 200,000 PS3s
available tomorrow. Kotaku has heard that this may stem from removal of the 20 GB units
from the shipment to the U.S., though this is just speculation at the moment. Several bloggers have noted that their local videogames store has notified them of lowered availability
, so it doesn't seem that this is outside the realm of possibility. From the article: "'Due to the limited initial installed base of the platforms, we believe the financial impact over the holiday period will be more significant for hardware manufacturers and video game retailers (such as GameStop) than for software publishers.' In addition to predicting a strong push for Xbox 360 products due to a shortage in PS3 supply, Sebastian also says the newly launched consoles may not have as significant an impact on holiday sales."
A reader also wrote in to mention the cost that Sony is sucking with each of these units. Apparently, the company is eating about $300
for every PS3 sold.