Sony shares have slid by almost 3% after a market analyst publicised his claims that the PS3 hardware is still not stable.
David Gibson, writing for Macquarie Equities, said that the PS3 machines at the Tokyo Games Show frequently succumbed to crashes and hardware failures, meaning they required regular resets. News of this hardware instability has added fuel to the fire of those predicting a disasterous launch for the much-maligned console.
Gibson says that he believes the problem is due to heat, and says that such problems are not good for a console which is supposed to be in full production in preparation for launch.
Sony has also had problems with its latest MP3 Walkman, which has been delayed, as well as the ongoing shenanigans with the battery recalls.
Shares are now trading just shy of $39 on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
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