Sony's next gen console gets delayed six months

The Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun has reported that Sony will delay the launch of PlayStation 3 until November of 2006. The North American launch date is still up in the air.

According to the report, issues surrounding copy protection for Blu-ray discs is the reason for the delay. If the reports are true (given the source, they probably are), Sony could miss the key holiday rush in the United States. Official word from Sony is expected tomorrow.

Rumors have been circulating about Asustek Computer securing orders for the Sony PlayStation 3 next-generation console and PlayStation Portable (PSP) game console.  Both Asustek and Sony have fervently denied the several rumors that Asustek has secured large orders for "mass shipments" by Christmas 2006.  It is possible that this could be another sign that the rumored delay is, indeed, true.

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