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Sony's Ken Kutaragi responds to PS3 manufacturing difficulties

While many have pointed to Ken Kutaragi's arrogance (and Sony in general) in regards to the build up leading to the launch of the PlayStation 3, Sony's president has shown some signs of humility due to recent events. Last week, Sony announced that it was delaying its European launch of the PS3 until March of 2007 and that the US and Japan launch would be limited to 400,000 and 100,000 units respectively.

In response to investors and the PlayStation faithful around the world looking forward to the PS3's launch, Kutaragi had this to say, “If you asked me if Sony’s strength in hardware was in decline, right now I guess I would have to say that might be true.”

There's no way to sugar coat the manufacturing problems associated with producing the blue laser diodes and the low yields of the Cell processor that have plagued the PS3's early production. And one can't overlook Sony's part in the nearly 5 million notebook batteries recalled by both Dell and Apple -- each battery was manufactured by Sony.

The first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem. We now just have to sit back and see what Sony does to improve its current situation.

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Still more PS3 than 360's at Launch
By hstewarth on 9/11/2006 1:16:23 PM , Rating: 2
With all these rumors going arround Sony still states there will be more PS3 at launch time then when 360's were launch.

RE: Still more PS3 than 360's at Launch
By dome1234 on 9/11/2006 1:38:14 PM , Rating: 2
apparently they're going to "air-freight" the console after the initial launch! That'll be bloody expensive!

By Kuroyama on 9/11/2006 7:43:44 PM , Rating: 3
My Toshiba laptop was shipped by air from Shanghai. This sort of thing is common for high value items such as computers. Don't see why it would be a big deal relative to the price of a PS3. Of course, every PS3 is the same (well, perhaps there are a few models), so there shouldn't be this need to rush things if Sony weren't so far behind.

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