TOKYO (03/06/2000) - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) this evening unveiled the first shipment data for its PlayStation 2 console, launched here on Saturday.
The company said 720,000 consoles were shipped over the weekend -- 600,000 through retailers and 120,000 through the mail to customers that had bought them through its recently-launched online mall. SCEI had actually received 380,000 orders for the console through the Internet but, hit by a shortage, decided to hold back 260,000 shipments for Internet buyers until later in the month, company spokesman Benjamin Guernsey said.
It's not the consoles themselves that are in short supply but the memory cards, said Guernsey. "We actually have the 260,000 consoles but we can't ship them without memory cards," he said. The cards, which contain flash memory and are used to store data so users can resume games from the point at which they left off, are being sourced from a variety of makers, he added.
SCEI said it plans to take total shipments to one million units by March 15, fulfilling all the Internet orders in the process, and push another 400,000 units out of the door between that date and the end of March.
To long but orderly queues, SCEI launched the PlayStation 2 on Saturday. [See "Plenty of Emotion Greets PlayStation 2," Mar. 6.]SCEI, in Tokyo, is on the Internet at http://www.scei.co.jp/.