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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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RE: I can see...
By h0kiez on 9/6/2006 9:10:28 AM , Rating: 0
I'm quite excited. Not only does this likely mean more developers and more quality games for the 360, but it also means more profit when I sell whatever PS3s I can get right after launch. I sold $400 xboxes for about $1000 when they shipped 1.5 million units. I can't even imagine how much a $600 box will go for when they're shipping about 1/2 of that.


RE: I can see...
By CU on 9/6/2006 9:49:46 AM , Rating: 2
I was thinking the same thing. I may buy a PS3 just to ebay. Assumming I can find one.


RE: I can see...
By gramboh on 9/6/2006 12:57:46 PM , Rating: 2
I'm doing the same, might go investigate some preoders. Definetely be able to get over $1K USD on eBay in December for one.


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