Thursday, May 26, 2005

Sony may outsource PSP to China.

Gaming: I still need to get one, the emu scene is moving along nicely.

May 26 (Bloomberg) -- Sony Corp., the world's second-biggest consumer electronics maker, may outsource production of the PlayStation Portable, possibly to China or Taiwan, to meet rising demand for its first handheld video-game player, said Ken Kutaragi, president of the video games subsidiary. ``We have to somehow increase our production capacity as we're not prepared to start selling in Europe, we've run out of units in the U.S. and it's still selling well in Japan,'' Kutaragi, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., told Bloomberg News today at a games industry meeting in Tokyo. Sony in February said it aims to more than double monthly production of the PSP to 2 million units by this summer, to compete with Nintendo Co., which holds about 90 percent of the handheld game market with its GameBoy and DS devices. The Kisarazu factory in Chiba, east of Tokyo, is the only facility that makes Sony's PSP console. The factory makes about 1 million units a month, Kutaragi said.

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