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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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PS3 shortages
By rpgman1 on 9/6/2006 12:30:05 PM , Rating: 2
Only 500K at launch instead of the intended 2 million. Pretty disappointing for Sony all around. Microsoft and Nintendo will be the big sellers on this holiday season. Sony sure jumped the gun on its PS3 marketing strategy. One word: pathetic.

RE: PS3 shortages
By tenguman on 9/6/2006 12:31:44 PM , Rating: 2
Wii360 FTW!!!

RE: PS3 shortages
By SakuraChan on 9/6/2006 1:08:46 PM , Rating: 1
maybe I'll buy ps3 three years from now
^__^hehe... waiting for newer circuit revisions
and modchips :D....
V__V couldn't afford it though.... while waiting for BlueDisk duplicating machine to be available locally, till prices are reasonable enough (USD 5.00) :Dyay..

RE: PS3 shortages
By gramboh on 9/6/2006 1:06:54 PM , Rating: 1
I hope this hurts Blu-Ray somehow as well. Down with Sony and craptastic propietary standards.

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton

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