Asustek Computer Inc (
The report said Asustek this month would begin shipping 200,000 PlayStation3 consoles per month, rising to 2 million in October, allowing Sony to debut the PS3 in November, the Chinese-language Commercial Times said yesterday, without saying where it got the information.
Shares of Asustek Computer were up NT$1.00 at NT$75.00 (US$2.27) on the report. The company is the only appointed contract maker for the PS3 game consoles to date.
The Taipei-based company declined to comment on the report, citing confidentiality agreements it has signed with its clients.
"I cannot have any comment about this," said David Chang (
But in a filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange later yesterday, Asustek said it may take legal action against the newspaper to protect its clients and investors if their interests were damaged by the report.
"If this report is true, then it would lower some of the concern that the PS3 would not sell on time in November," said David Gibson, an analyst for Macquarie Securities, in a telephone interview from Tokyo. "There's a lot of skepticism that the PS3 will be successful, and that it will even launch on time. We believe it will be on time."
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"We have said we will start assembling the consoles in Japan and China from summer," said Daisuke Nakata, a spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc, a division of Sony.
Asustek's main production facility is in Suzhou, China, Chang said, declining to confirm that the PS3 was being made there.