Sony have downsized the launch shipment of PS3 consoles for the Japanese launch from 100.000 to 80.000, the Nikkei Keizai Shimbun reports according to Joystiq.
That's a 20% cut. First the European launch gets delayed because of production issues, now the Japanese launch availability is crippled even more than it previously was.
No word yet if the shortage will effect North American units but, if proportional, they could be cut to 320,000 available systems.
The bad news just keep rolling in for Sony. First, SCEA co-chairman Jack Tretton told Bloomberg not two weeks ago that the US launch shipment is no longer fixed:
The honest answer is it's more of a target. Clearly we've had production issues.
Only a day beforehand, SCEA president Kaz Hirai had told Gamespot that they were not facing any more production problems:
All the issues have been ironed out; now it's just a matter of being able to replicate the process to as many lines as possible--which is going to help you, obviously, get as many units as possible. We're in the process of getting as many lines as possible up and running for all the components that go into the PlayStation 3.
And now Sony appears unable to produce even a measly 100.000 units for the Japanese launch. If true, this really seems to be rock bottom for Sony.
EDIT I corrected the context of Tretton´s quote. He was, of course, talking about the US launch shipment being a mere target, not the launch date. Thanks to Drew for pointing this out.