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Sony's Ken Kutaragi
Sony revises its PS3 launch schedule

Well, here's some rather interesting news from the Sony camp. Sony has originally planned on a November 17 global launch for the PlayStation 3, but those plans have been completely hosed. It is now reported that Sony will delay the launch of the PS3 in Europe until March of 2007. To make matters even worse, Sony is only going to make available 500,000 total units split between the United States (400,000) on November 17 and Japan (100,000) on November 11.

"We decided to focus on the Japanese and U.S. markets. I am so sorry not to be able to answer to all the expectations," said Sony CEO Ken Kutaragi. Problems with manufacturing blue laser diodes are putting a serious strain on PS3 production and are part of the reason for the delay and low launch numbers. Kutaragi went on to say “We've been working hard to try to tackle the problem, but we see the delay is inevitable."

Mass production of Sony's Cell processor isn't even expected to start until the end of this month according to Kutaragi. And as a result of this production snag, Sony has revised its shipping estimates from 4 million units at the end of 2006 to just 2 million. Bottom line: if you thought you were going to have trouble getting a PS3 this year, your chances just got much worse.



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I would have delayed it in Japan First
By 05SilverGT on 9/6/2006 9:03:27 AM , Rating: 0
If I were Sony I would have launched in the USA and Europe first. I would at least want to get my foot in the door in two markets where the 360 has taken off. Sony has Japan locked up for now. All they need to do there is launch the unit with RIDGE RACER!!! ;) lol




By umerok on 9/6/2006 2:24:53 PM , Rating: 3
If they launched internationally before launching in their home country, it would have killed them. JJapanese people are pretty proud of being from japan, and would hate to be ignored by a japanese company. apan as a country would shun Sony (not just Playstation, all Sony products) and buy the Wii.


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