News
Commentary
4/9/2005
02:24 PM
Mike Elgan
Mike Elgan
Commentary
50%
50%

Sony Spanked For Shafting Europe, Asia

Sony all but shut down shipments of the Sony PlayStation Portable, or PSP, worldwide to maximize shipments to North America for its March 24 launch. It turns out to have been a gross miscalculation.

As we reported here on Personal Tech Pipeline March 19, Sony all but shut down shipments of the Sony PlayStation Portable, or PSP, worldwide to maximize shipments to North America for its March 24 launch. It turns out to have been a gross miscalculation.

The company reported yesterday that they've sold 600,000 units in the U.S. during the first week. Unfortunately for Sony, they had planned on selling a million. That means some 400,000 units are gathering dust here while huge demand abroad goes unmet.

Sony nearly shut down PSP sales in Japan, where the gadget had been shipping since December. They pushed the Euro-date back from March to June, forcing the continent's gaming addicts into a desperate black market in hideously expensive Japanese-launguage devices.

How do you say "whoops!" in Japanese?

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Nov. 10, 2014
Just 30% of respondents to our new survey say their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions, down from 42% in 2013. What gives?
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.