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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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2 years in a row
By Hypernova on 9/6/2006 9:16:20 AM , Rating: 2
The 360 now will now have domination of 2 major holiday season in a row. Not only that this will put all the developers who are trying to plan for the Xmas launch into disarray.

I wouldn't be suprised if many of the upcoming PS3 titles become the first and last of the PS3 ports from many of the pissed off dev's.

360 will now have an iron grip on the marketwell into 2007. Trying to lauch world wide on March is just stupid, it is too close to Xmas and all the present(sp?) funds are yet to be replenished.




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