Is Japan's PS3 Supply Drying Up?

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Buying one is hardly an impossible feat; however, recently there do seem to be a higher percentage of retailers with the machine sold out.

Take that sign, which says that all colors of the PS3 are sold out.

At a Sofmap retailer, there are no laminated PS3 tickets you can take to the register to exchange for a PS3 — meaning, this shop has no PS3s in stock. There are PS2, Xbox 360 and Wii tickets as those consoles are in stock.

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All this comes as a notice surfaced, stating that 80GB PLAYSTATION 3 sales would cease on August 9. The surfaced notice was apparently from retailer 7-Eleven (7-Eleven sells video games in Japan) and stated that pre-orders for the Black, White and Silver 80GB PS3 will cease on Sunday, August 9 at 10am.

And now, look, days later and Japanese stores are out of the Black, White and Silver PS3! Though, it's still unknown how widespread this actually is and if this phenomena is only occurring in isolated stores or is nationwide.

The rumor is that Sony will be unveiling a new PS3 model at the Games Convention in Germany and the decision to take the 80GB off the market in Japan is to make room for that new model.

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今、都内ではPS3本体が売り切れらしい [オレ的ゲーム速報@刃]

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No disrespect to the PS3 (I love my 60GB model), but this could be setting everyone up for something far gloomier than we're expecting. It would be great to have a more affordable PS3 model with a new design, and heaven knows Sony needs a model that's cheaper to manufacture. This may sound extreme, but Sony may be preparing to announce the death of the PS3 (like Sega did to the Dreamcast :-( ). The reason my outlook is so grim is that I see Sony still losing money almost 3 years after the console's launch, and they haven't been able to get the cost below $400 in the US despite stripping out features. Add in the waning support from programmers, plus the fact that standalone bluray players can now be had for $200 or less, and there's really no profitability in Sony continuing the PS3's support.

I'm sure this post will draw much criticism, and I hope all of this speculation isn't what transpires. I am, for the record, not a fanboy; I own all consoles this generation: PC, 360, Wii, DS, PSP, and PS3, and I own comparable numbers of games for each (about 20).