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During a press conference in Tokyo, Ken Kutaragi, president of Sony Computer Entertainment, officially announced the delay of the PlayStation 3 until November

During a press conference in Japan, it has been confirmed that the game console will make a simultaneous debut in Asia, Europe and North America.  As gamers around the world anxiously await for the release of the Sony PlayStation 3, rumors and speculation have been swirling around the past several weeks about the console.  Sony has not been very vocal about plans for the PlayStation 3, which has led to further speculation on the release date of the console.

The official launch delay claims that the finalization of the copy protection for Blu-ray Disc -- an integral part of the PS3 platform -- has been sluggish.  Specifically, Advanced Access Content System (AACS), the copy protection system for both Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD, was delayed.  Being able to play Blu-ray DVDs is one of the most anticipated features of the upcoming PlayStation 3.   

The delay will give Sony time to add HDMI support to its new console along with a host of other features to give it a leg up on the competition. The console will ship with a 60GB HDD with Linux preinstalled and will have backwards compatibility with PS1 and PS2 titles.

Although Sony currently owns most of the game console market, it is continuing to lose valuable market share to Microsoft.  The PlayStation 3 will also have to battle head-to-head with Nintendo's next-generation console, the Nintendo Revolution.  Because Sony won't be able to get the PlayStation 3 game console onto the market, both Microsoft and Nintendo will reap the benefits of higher holiday sales. 




"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton










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