March 15th, 2007, 18:35 Posted By: wraggster
To his credit, SCE Australia boss Michael Ephraim seems like a nice guy. A sincere, pleasant chap. He's just had a few PR issues is all. In an interview with IGN Australia today, he had a chance to get a final word in before the PS3's launch here next week. I know you all live super-fast, super-important modern urban lifestyles, so to spare you the drudgery of reading the actual interview here's some highlights:
I really think that if people go into a store and get a complete demonstration of the capabilities of PlayStation 3 and the games that are on offer, I don't think price is an issue.
...we're confident based on very strong pre-sales at the moment that we will deliver a launch in Australia that will not disappoint consumers about stock availability.
The announcement was for a million units for the PAL territories, and if you look at the prior platforms that we've launched, Australia can generate anywhere from four and a half to six percent of the European market. [HINT: 40,000-60,000 units at launch?]
The reporting on whether stock is available in the US or not available, you honestly can get a room with ten people and five people will tell you one thing and five will tell you another.
If Ephraim's nodding and winking is true, 40-60,000 units at launch is a lot. Considering not one retailer I've spoken to has filled their pre-order quotas, that's good news for anyone looking to pick up a PS3 in the coming weeks - there should be plenty to go around.
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