"A variety of troubles have been reported for the Playstation 2 game console, prompting rumors that all memory cards in the early purchases would be recalled. Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) denied there would be a recall on Friday (March 10)...
SCE said that an insufficient supply of components for the Playstation 2 memory card led to a short supply of the system in its first three days of availability, when SCE sold 720,000 units, or less than the original one million unit target. SCE will ship one million Playstation 2s by March 15, a company spokesman said.
The console's memory card was behind other reports of trouble. Of more than 12,000 inquiries SCE received from initial purchasers, 337 were about trouble with the memory card. Some users reported that game data or the DVD-Video player program in the memory card had disappeared.
A separate source reported that about 1 percent of Playstation 2s could not play games and DVD properly. SCE, which is now conducting an investigation, estimates that the troubles have been caused by defects in individual cards, not by software in the Playstation 2..."