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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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The Sony blah blah.......
By crystal clear on 9/12/2006 3:14:50 AM , Rating: 1
“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.”

Good morning Sir this is your Wake Up call-
People in the industry were saying this & lot more ,long ago
about Sony.
Too late you realized this,now you got to delete "that might be true " & insert this-"it is FACT"

Keep on making such announcements-It keeps you in the news
headlines from time to time,least people might forget that there is something called PS3.People have short memories.

If I was a Sony shareholder or director-you would be spending a lot of sleepless night & have your bonuses chopped off or maybe Fired.

RE: The Sony blah blah.......
By EclipsedAurora on 9/12/2006 8:42:12 AM , Rating: 2
I have to say sorry to u that

According to US patent center, in 2005 Sony is the toppest 4 in terms of patent she owned. Even more than Intel!

RE: The Sony blah blah.......
By SocrPlyr on 9/12/2006 10:59:01 AM , Rating: 2
I am not arguing either way in this case, but just as a side note # of patents means absolutely nothing. Often, it just means they company patents everything on the sun in order that they might get lucky with something that someone else might want to use. I would also make the statement that a large proportion of patents should be revoked. Many do not meet the "novelty" criterion and any drone doing the same work would have implemented. Now the quality of Sony's patent portfolio should be analyzed before it could be applied to their innovation as a company.
As a side note, was that total patents filed or recent patents? (makes a difference as well)

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