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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: Some people
By jimmy43 on 9/6/2006 4:20:20 PM , Rating: 2
Sony Employee. Please leave

RE: Some people
By peternelson on 9/7/2006 1:09:57 AM , Rating: 2
Hey to be fair, he has a point.

I have a couple of PS2 consoles.

So I was quite interested to hear of PS3.

So we hoped it could be out holiday season Christmas 2005.

Unfortunately because of delays, Sony announced we could not have it until Spring 2006.

No problem, can't be helped.

As time went on, excitement grew, then came another announcement: Sorry but we have problems. It's not ready but you can have it in November 2006.

Not good to have another delay, but like you say, problems happen.

NOW, we hear that Sony will not even ship to us for Christmas holiday 2006, but instead March 2007.

IF I still have the belief in the Sony product, would I be foolish to assume that the March date is likely to be honoured?

Two delays are forgiveable, three I find a bit insulting.

If they intended and promised a worldwide launch then that is what they should do on principle.

Even if the quantities are less they should LAUNCH IN ALL TERRITORIES. To do otherwise is to alienate European customers.

The PS3 had better be good to make up for the way they are messing us around over this.

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