Uh oh. Hearing this after all the PSP-3000 interlacing screen complaints and that bit about the PlayStation EU site withdrawing mention of the new PSP model…? It kinda makes you wonder, y’know? Are these mere coincidences or not? Thanks to a comment made by akedewboy in a previous article, we now hear about Amazon suddenly cancelling pre-orders for the PSP-3000. Looks like the silent recall is looking more likely… Hmm…
Uh oh. Hearing this after all the PSP-3000 interlacing screen complaints and that bit about the PlayStation EU site withdrawing mention of the new PSP model…? It kinda makes you wonder, y’know? Are these mere coincidences or not?
Thanks to a comment made by akedewboy in a previous article, we now hear about Amazon suddenly cancelling pre-orders for the PSP-3000. A thread on the PlayStation US forum posts the following cancellation email from Amazon:
Hello from Amazon.com.
We are sorry to report that we will not be able to obtain the following item(s) from your order:
“PSP 3000 Limited Edition 4GB Memory Entertainment Pack”
Though we had expected to be able to send this item to you, we’ve since found that it is not available from any of our sources at this time. We realize this is disappointing news to hear, and we apologize for the inconvenience we have caused you.
We have cancelled this item from your order. [see full email in Via link below]
Some forum goers have also confirmed this – they’ve gotten the same cancellation email, and still, no one has found any reason why this has happened. Quite simply, it could be a shortage in Amazon’s supply chain, as the email suggests.
Be that as it may, it’s sparked quite a bit of speculation among other people. Some believe that these orders were turned down because they placed too late, either that or only a certain specific PSP-3000 color or bundle has become unavailable.
While some point to Amazon as the bottleneck for the cancellations, the other side of the speculation bandwagon points at Sony. Another theory holds that these cancellations have something to do with the PSP-3000’s interlacing scanlines, and that Sony is doing a recall.
We also did some digging of our own, and according to this other guy in the PS forums, even BestBuy has cancelled its pre-orders (too bad he doesn’t have a source to back him up though).
Various online retailers, however, seem to still have the PSP-3000 available. This leaves us at an impasse. Are these cancellations universal for all stores – all kinds of bundles and colors? With that, we suggest you follow up with whichever retailer or branch you’ve pre-ordered a unit from. We’ll update you guys as soon as we get word.
Thanks to akedewboy for the heads up!