If you haven't been living under a rock for the past few months, you certainly know that the release date for the PS2 is getting closer and closer (14 days left, yay !). But before the final launch will be possible, there're still some problems. The first one mostly concerns the retailers. It seems Sony uses some unfair ways to get their software sold :
Today we received word from the owner of chain of gaming related stores in the north-east regarding the practices of some distributors amidst the impending PlayStation2 launch. From what we've been told, smaller retailers are being forced to purchase 10-20 pieces of PlayStation2 software per hardware unit, in order to be guaranteed systems at all. Who has to pay these additional costs is easy to guess : The customers. Great move Sony. Aynway, read the article over at the Core magazin.
Ah well, anyway, the second concerns the publicity and people, who want to get a PS2 and didn't had the chance to pre-order yet (I ordered mine *strike*) but still want to get one this year :
The straight facts are these -- if you haven't already pre-ordered one, you're #!*% out of luck, pal. Just in case you didn't hear that, without a pre-order you almost assuredly won't get a system at launch. IGNPS2 has done research into the matter of acquiring a system, and not one store is optimistic about launch units right now. But while getting a system is almost impossible at launch, there are a few alternatives and stealthy tactics with which we can certainly help. To get some more hints on how to get one of the hot PS2 consoles, head over to this article by PS2IGN.
First, don't give up all hope, just give up most of it. While there are 500,000 units shipping to stores for launch, Sony said it is supplying more than 100,000 units across North America each week until the end of the year, for a total of 1.3 million by the end of the calendar year. Actually, if you add up the weeks after launch, there are 9.4 weeks left. If you do the math that means Sony will ship at least 1.4 million by the end of the calendar year, about 100,000 more than it said it would ship. Whichever way you cut it, there will be units to buy, but they'll come in small amounts and quickly be bought up.