Tsunami washes away thousands of PS3s and Xbox 360s in Japan

Japan faced a major natural disaster a few days ago when a earthquake measuring 8.9 on the ricter scale shook the nation, followed immediately by a disastrous tsunami.

The gaming industry also suffered along with the people of Japan, with gaming giant, Sony having to close multiple factories and suffering huge losses.

Reports suggests that as many as 12,000 PS3s and 5,600 Xbox 360 consoles were swept away by the tsunami.

Sony also had to shut down six factories in Fukushima and Miyazaki after the tremore hit Japan. These factories prodcued Blu-ray discs and other products, including PS3s. Sony is still accessing the damage done to these factories.

On a brighter side, Sony had pledged to donate 300 million yen for relief and aid to victims of the earthquake. They’ll also be donating 30,000 units of radio products to the quake victims.

We hope that Japan emerges from this disaster, quickly and completely. Our thoughts go out to all those affected.

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  • http://Website oldassgamer

    Really? People lost their lives, and you have the nerve to write that the gaming industry suffered. Very poor taste.

    • shastyxmcnasty

      nobody is saying that the loss of systems is more severe then the loss of lives, this is merely a comment on how everything is impacted by the earthquake. Did you read the last sentence or just read the headline and decide to “take to the internets”…lol

  • http://Website Marty

    This is news and not in poor taste. Sony and other big companies are effected too, they employ large numbers of Japeanese and do alot for the Japanese economy.

    • PilarVIRUS

      I don’t think that PS3 are the things we should be worrying about, they just lost a large number of people. I guess since it has to do with money, I mean Microsoft just use the Tsunami for marketing purposes. What is this world coming too.

    • shastyxmcnasty

      its news people, get over it, this is also a way to get peoples mind off of the death tole. Do we really need to be constantly told how bad it is, because I dont think anyone is going to forget this…..for god sakes people, Japan moved 8 inches on the globe after the earth quake, stop getting mad at gaming bolt for telling you some extra news about the quake

    • shastyxmcnasty

      what do you mean marketing purposes??? The fact that they are donating large amounts of money to help. It has nothing to do with marketing and everything to do with being a humanitarian.

  • http://Website Martin

    Well I really cant believe that someone has bothered to even think about estimating how many consoles were washed away. Maybe in their eyes the real tragedy isn’t the cost in human life. Strange world we live in…

  • PrivatePyle

    The horror!
    Nvm the destructed nuclear plant and the oil refinery that caught in a blazing hellfire, the PS3′s are Japan’s real tragedy!
    I kid…:P
    Nice to know Sony is lending a helping hand not just in monetary donations, but also giving the unfortunate public some equipment to stay on their feet.

  • http://www.blackxino.blogspot.com xino

    scientists should put themselves to good use and find out how to stop tsunami and earthquakes.

    but they blame God for doing it:/

  • http://Website alex c

    @martin & @marty

    u two are idiots of the highest order.

    it clearly states sony has given 300million yen, and 30,000 wireless radios to victims and to help.

    i also read, they airlifted supplies of food and medical equipment to its factory workers.Just BECAUSE YOU SAW RED AFTER READING ONE HEADLINE, doesnt mean you can slander the website.

    SHOCKER. – idiot. – ………..sony is great.

    & the loss of ps3′s was probably from lorries carrying them traveling to airports.

    • shastyxmcnasty

      i agree 100%

  • http://Website alex c

    and on the plus side….

    now lets get this straight, japan is a terrible disaster zone at present,
    but, and its a bigol’ but, for green-minded-people…

    all those cars need recycling, all the waste needs recycling, plastic, metal, everything…. japan are very good at this, and the disaster, although terrible, will provide scientists with years worth of research and enable them to find new ways of efficient recycling. good for the whole planet.

    next topic… nuclear power vs wind power.

    tornados, tusunamis,… thats a lot of power going uptapped.

  • http://Website Jason

    Who cares if PS3s and box 360s were lost when 10 000 people are presumed to be dead. Bad taste by the writer and this site.

  • tareq salah

    these consoles could have been donated to kids who lost family members or were affected by the tragedy. it sure would have put smiles on their faces.

  • doub7

    I don’t think this in poor taste at all. It actually made me think about all the ramifications of the destruction & how widespread it actually is. The damage to the country & its economy will take years to repair.

  • tareq salah

    i agree with doub7, this is a video game blog and the article touched the subject of damage to videogame business. i wonder if the improvement of play station or nintendo would be affected by this. if so, it shows that this tragedy touched all kinds of business and technology.

  • DIE2869

    This situation is getting worse everyday, and if something is not done more lives will be lost and that whole area can become contaminated and unlivable. Godspeed.

  • jbg0623

    Why does everyone always act like people need to control things that are out of their control? There’s a lot of people donating, at some point Japan will emerge from this just like many others who suffer from natural disasters. On another note, that does kinda suck for sony and microsoft, hopefully that doesn’t drive prices up.

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