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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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As a parent & video game player...
By jskirwin on 9/6/2006 10:34:35 AM , Rating: 5
I had been planning to score a PS3 for my Kid's Christmas present. However Sony's mismanagement of this console has raised serious doubts about "upgrading" from a PS2 to a PS3.
Even the Kid has expressed a new-found liking of the Xbox.

Let's consider this rationally.

1. I'm not going to fight for one of the available PS3s in Nov. There is nothing more embarrassing than a bunch of suburbanites trying to overcome their guilt for being crappy parents by buying their kids "the hottest toy of the season". Christmas rolls around a few days after my family returns from safari in the Serengeti and I wouldn't have time to play that game even if I had wanted to.

2. I don't want Blu-Ray. I don't have HD TV (yet), and even if I did I am not ready to upgrade my DVD collection - especially to a format that may not be around in five years.

3. I don't like being force-fed technology. If I wanted Blu-Ray I would have asked for it. I want a next generation video game system - nothing more, nothing less.

4. If I don't buy PS3 this fall, I probably won't buy it at all. Xbox 360 will be hitting its stride, and those games will be pretty appealing when the Kid & I visit EB.

5. Crysis will be out soon. I've already begun upgrading my home network to support this game, Far Cry's successor. Far Cry has been a household favorite since its release, and with the added horsepower of some nice PCI-e vid cards and OC'd Core 2 Duos, would PS3 really be able to compete with it anyway?

Sony is showing waaaay too much drama. I don't do drama anymore. I'm too old for it and would prefer to live without it.

So long, Sony.

By Xavian on 9/6/2006 11:46:52 AM , Rating: 2
personally, it sounds like the Wii may be the perfect console for you and your kid.

RE: As a parent & video game player...
By robber98 on 9/6/2006 2:25:19 PM , Rating: 2
I don't understand... You won't buy PS3 becase you can't take advantage of it's HD video output, then why bother XBox360?

RE: As a parent & video game player...
By jskirwin on 9/6/2006 3:01:30 PM , Rating: 2
You won't buy PS3 becase you can't take advantage of it's HD video output, then why bother XBox360?

I buy a video game console for GAMING. I could count the number of times on one hand where I've used my PS2 to watch a movie. The Xbox 360 has better graphics than my PS2 and seems to be hitting it's stride when it comes to new titles.

This cross-over talk - from M$ and Sony - means nothing to me. You want me to buy your system? Make excellent games for it. I don't expect to watch TV on the fridge, nor do I expect the stove to keep my food cold. Why is this so hard to understand?

I am giving serious thought to the Wii. After all, $200 seems like a pittance after waiting for the PS3 for over a year.

The only thing holding me back is Mercenaries 2: World in Flames. This appears to be a PS3-only title at this point, and I am going to have serious difficulties NOT spending $500 on the PS3 if this doesn't change. Mercenaries was one of the best games I played on PS2 - or any other console for that matter.

RE: As a parent & video game player...
By surt on 9/6/2006 3:45:13 PM , Rating: 2
People are interested in crossover devices for the same reason that few people carry both a pager and cellphone, or own separate freezers and refridgerators.

Unified devices take up less space, cost less to run, cost less to buy, etc ....

Why on earth would you want to have to buy two different entertainment devices to sit under your tv?

By jimmy43 on 9/6/2006 4:14:12 PM , Rating: 2
2 Good Reasons:

1.Standalone devices are almost always better than their combined counterparts, with virtually no exception. For example Ipod+Razr > Ridicoulously crappy itunes phone.

2.Way Easier to replace and upgrade.

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