Toys "R" Us PS3 preorders assured

Retailer confirms that it will be able to honor reservations for Sony's new system, but has no stock for walk-ins; Wii supplies will be more abundant.

Earlier today, specialty retailer GameStop told GameSpot that it would be unable to fulfill all of its PlayStation 3 preorders on launch day. Now a Toys "R" Us representative has confirmed some news that will reassure its own preorder customers, and give jilted GameStop customers one less place to consider camping out for a system on day one.

"We have enough [PS3 systems] to cover presells and that's it," the representative said bluntly.

Last month, Toys "R" Us opened up preorders for the PS3 and the Wii, filling up its allotment for both systems in short order. But while the retailer will just barely have enough PS3s to cover those commitments, Nintendo's new console is another matter. The representative said all of the company's stores will have some extra Wii systems to sell to people without preorders.

Sony has previously committed to releasing 400,000 PS3s in North America for launch, while Nintendo has said it "expects to sell 4 million Wii consoles globally by the end of 2006, with the largest allotment available in the Americas."

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_Sam_
_Sam_

too bad I didn't preorder it from them

A_Donkey
A_Donkey

sweet i wont get to miss out on the Wii

Rambo5784
Rambo5784

Just found out that GameStop stores in Seattle and Chigaco are giving their customers an extra 20% on all their trade-ins. Sounds like a good idea to help pay off the PS3 or Wii! Check out this info I got from them! http://www.gamestop.com/gs/20bonus/ Woot!

longhairbilly
longhairbilly

I'm glad that I can walk into Toys R Us on launch day and pick up a Wii without having to camp out, or pre order months in advance.

computerman92
computerman92

I feel bad for the people who ordered at Eb and gamestop!

jhracing
jhracing

I'm so peeved - I never even saw that Toys R Us was doing a pre-order. How could you let me down GameSpot??? Blew off GameStop and now I'm stuck until February I betcha.

RoC1909
RoC1909

I guess it paid for me to wake up a little earlier that usual on PS3 Pre-order day and be the first in line. I went into Gamestop today to see if my pre was "bumped" from the list and the employee said that I am confirmed for a launch day PS3 but also said that others (they had eight tickets for the preorder) were not so lucky and intimated that only 3-4 people will be lucky that morning. The employee also said that the store will open at 0800 on Friday AND NOT be opening on midnight of launch day like some stores will be doing (I guess due to the fact that there won't be any PS3's to sell).

Statictrance
Statictrance

*ahem*... First in line at toys r us preorder... still up for grabs statictrance@adelphia.net , you know you want it....

tcesnik
tcesnik

Ecost.com has the WII for a mere $400. That's right. Just the console. No add ons. I know a place where the temperatures high and the place is mighty low. I know where Ecost.com can go!! They can take their overpriced console. If you are foolish enough to pay that much, you can get one right now.

bottomdollar
bottomdollar

As I'm hearing it from everyone, if you pre-orders your PS3 or Wii, you are guaranteed it on launch, but if you didn't you basically have to either camp out a couple of nights before (PS3 ppl, I say you start camping after you finish reading this.) or you wait til the second shipment. Talking to a manager at EB games and other places, basically the preorders are what they are guaranteed, so anything else will be someone who doesn't come to get theirs in 48 hours or so, (which we will see more lines on Sunday cause people will be waiting for the Wii AND wanting to try to get the "leftover" PS3 someone will forget about.) Anyway, as for Sunday, its Wii time for me and soon it will be Xbox360 and playing Lost Planet.

funky_muzic
funky_muzic

Yeah, "theone332", all I need is another DVD player. If I wanted one of those, I'd pick one up at Wal-mart for $19.88!

theone332
theone332

of course there will be more wiis than ps3 cause Wii is an not as advanced as the ps3. PS3 has blu ray and amazing graphics so its harder to make than the wii wich wont even play dvds and the graphics are like the gamecubes except a little better. PS3 IS THE BEST .......

luis7989_7
luis7989_7

There won´t be any PS3 on the shelves, Wii is gonna Rule!

Volgin_1
Volgin_1

Regardless of where the consoles are being released, it seems there will be more Wiis worldwide then PS3s worldwide. Nintendo seems to be the only company that will produce enough of it's next gen console for launch.

NND1
NND1

I hope a lot of people focus on ps3 so I can get my wii for X-Mas...

STiRacer01
STiRacer01

and just to those of you reading all of the other documents about sony... they back out of shipment targets at least once a week, sounds like sony rushed... and they are already having problems. I cant wait to see the end of year sales for Nintendo when their sales smoke sony's

polyh3dron
polyh3dron

"Sony is doing the same thing it did back in 2000. The only problem is that this time around, they aren't the first out the door like last time. Sony had a massive head start in 2000 before Microsoft and Nintendo launched in 2001." Sorry to burst your bubble but there was a console called the Dreamcast that came out a year before the PS2.

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

Henry4th "Talk about bias. Sony also said it would ship 2 million world wide by the end of 2006, and it's not mentioned in this article. Why?" Because if they couldn't manufacture even a paltry 400,000 systems in the last 5-6 months, how are they going to magically create another 1.6 million systems in 5-6 weeks? Time to take the blinders off, and look at the reality of the situation. There is no way in hell that they will have anywhere close to 2million systems by christmas, and everybody, EVERYBODY knows it.

Ploppyplop0
Ploppyplop0

Um, to everyone saying it's 400,000 Ps3's to 4 million Wii's... No, it's 4mil Wii's by the end of the year, globally, and 400k PS3's at launch, just in America... Nice comparison there Gamespot...

snugglebear
snugglebear

At least Toys R Us is honest enough not to oversell like EB/GS constantly do. Always knew there was a reason I loved it so much a s a kid, apart from...you know..the toys..

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

Yea Nintendo is going to clean up.

PhoenixBurner2
PhoenixBurner2

QUOTE: ldonyo "Sony's 400,000 number is a far cry from what they said they would have available six months ago. I wouldn't be surprised if half of the first run end up needing to be replaced inside of six months due to some type of defect. I cannot remember the last time a product launch was messed up this badly by the manufacturer. " Ummm... XBOX 360 ring any bells? And those WERE found to be highly defective, so much so that Microsoft has essentially recalled all launch units - offering to fix them for free. Nice of them to fix them for free - bad that they were so defective that they shouldn't have been released in the first place. And the XBOX 360 preorder shipements so entirely failed to meet expectations that thousands of people who preordered on the first possible day often had to wait several months to receive their system. This is as much a failing on Gamestop's part as it is on Microsoft, but both Gamestop and Sony have learned something from the massive mistakes of the past. So unless you have an extremely limited memory, or simply weren't paying attention a year ago, this obviously is a cakewalk in comparison to the 360 launch.

inferno394
inferno394

4 million compared to a merely 400k? What is Sony thinking?!!? With the population of japan, europe, and the US, Nintendo could sell even more units than 4 mil. Look at the DS. Its been out for 2 yrs and still is sold out in japan :(

ldonyo
ldonyo

Sony's 400,000 number is a far cry from what they said they would have available six months ago. I wouldn't be surprised if half of the first run end up needing to be replaced inside of six months due to some type of defect. I cannot remember the last time a product launch was messed up this badly by the manufacturer.

Floms
Floms

PS3 for life i hope to get one.

blueflamedino
blueflamedino

for every Ps3 available, there are ten wii consoles, and microsoft is beyond all this..hmm...

satjome
satjome

note: the people in lines already are waiting for the wii, as it is walkin available....

henry4th
henry4th

"Sony has previously committed to releasing 400,000 PS3s in North America for launch, while Nintendo has said it "expects to sell 4 million Wii consoles globally by the end of 2006" Talk about bias. Sony also said it would ship 2 million world wide by the end of 2006, and it's not mentioned in this article. Why?

Warfust
Warfust

"4million non-dvd $400 AUS playback machines" I have 6 DVD playback devices in my house now, I would bet most have at least 2 by this point. Not to mention who wants to wear out a device faster by playing movies in addition to hours of gaming? Sony is taking a gamble on Blu-Ray and they know it. It is a higher density format, and I won't knock the technical specs. But the cost is very high for it, and that may bury them in the end. Don't forget that there are going to be players that can handle both new formats, and people tend to buy what is cheaper in the long run. If Sony wants Blu-Ray to be the dominant format they need a nice strong start out of the gate. The current availability of the PS3 (that is reducing the amount of other Blu-Ray devices out there to boot by taking production capacity) does not bode well for the formats future.

SPANNER-MAN
SPANNER-MAN

Like i said before , you'd think Sony would of learned from Microsoft mistakes but, i guess not. But then again Microsofts launch actually work, they did a global release and it did work, just that they had only soo much for each territory, but Sony couldn't pull it off. I guess what they are trying to say is, if Microsoft can do it, why can we. Oh well i'm still not rushing to get it, and if i do rush to get it it would be just to play my ps1 and ps2 games, i don't see any ps3 games that satisfy me as of yet. So there's no big rush for me. And i'm not getting it for blueray movies either. Honestly, i don't see the difference between the regular tv watching and the hi def watching. Hi def on games Yessssss. Makes it look soo much more wanting.

Greydawg
Greydawg

Oh well. I mean, I'm STILL not gonna be able to get a PS3. I found a guy on Craigslist.com and he pulled his PS3 off the site yesterday after the news that Gamestop pre-orders can't be filled, so now he's gonna sell it on eBay on Friday for $3000. Good grief...

Disciple_Gamer
Disciple_Gamer

I honestly believe people are willing to do anything to get a ps3 this season. i am a patient man and i just bought the 360 last month and i am enjoying it. i am just waiting for gears of war to arrive at my doorsteps. until then pd0 all the way which is a good game.

akuya32
akuya32

I don't know why people would get upset cause this happens with every system. 360 was the same last year so this shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that only 400k coming to North America. There is never enough supply at the start and this won't be the last time this will happen.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

As long as every other Wii doesn't break, they'll have the best launch from anybody in a long while.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

4 million Wii consoles globally by the end of 2006, it's possible since it's globally speaking.

Omashi
Omashi

I'm still getting a PS3. If it comes to it ill have to...

EddyG0RD0
EddyG0RD0

4 Million by end of '06? nah

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

Sony should have just delayed it till Spring. In my mind: release a very low number is = in bad PR to just doing another delay. For most people the machine may as well be delayed, since most people wont SEE any box stock for weeks now.

jmartinez1983
jmartinez1983

Launches have always been bad (remember the N64?) and will always be bad. I wouldn't be too upset if you missed a PS3 at launch since it seems there will only be about 1 or 2 decent games. Just get one in March once the system really gets rolling and the slightly more polished games come out. OR just get a 360.

RKFS
RKFS

So that's about 400,000 PS3's in North America vs. about 800,000 Wiis on launch?

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

sony owning themselves with another bad launch....

jonnyjd
jonnyjd

I realize this is a double post from the other story about the # of PS3s sold in Japan but it fits here too... I'm just sorry that Sony didn't seem to learn from the 360 launch and the challenges that MS had. Both are great systems, but both had the same issue at launch of supply not being nearly enough for demand. I realize that's a simpilistic overview, but it is the bottom line of what happened at both systems' launch.