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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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Yet another let down
By psychobriggsy on 9/6/2006 9:03:49 AM , Rating: 2
Yet more proof that the decision to include a BluRay drive within the PS3 will do irrepairable damage to the device as a games console, for some vague hope of furthering the BluRay media.

It's like a train wreck, it's looking like the Sega Saturn - hey, it'll still do well, it's Sega!

Sony would have been better off sticking with a DVD drive - cheaper console, on time, in quantity. They could even have done a dreamcast, and tweaked the game discs to support a little more data than the plain standard, which would have made piracy more difficult whilst giving them a capacity boost over the competitors.

This Christmas will be the season when the XBox360 will be available in quantity, and with no next generation competitor, it will sell well. The Wii will also sell well.

I saw a PlayStation 3 magazine on the shelf in Tesco a couple of days ago. That's 6 months prior to release over here now. Gutting. Buyers will read about next generation games and consoles, go out to buy one in due course and only find the XBox360.

RE: Yet another let down
By RamarC on 9/6/2006 9:20:26 AM , Rating: 3
don't put all the blame on the bluray drive. cell yields are still very low and many titles are still in coding stages. the ps3 is not ready for prime time.

RE: Yet another let down
By MrDiSante on 9/6/2006 5:53:52 PM , Rating: 1
Er... the fact that they can't two of the parts out (in decent quantities) instead of one really doesn't make it any better. Also, is it just me or does the PS3 seem to be as much of a brick as ever?

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