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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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RE: Sony
By arswihart on 9/12/2006 8:19:39 AM , Rating: 2
I would definitely disagree, as with the PS2, the PS3 is going to be a beast to program, but when people figure it out, the games are going to look consistently better than the 360, that's my prediction anyways. The specs on the PS3 don't lie, even if they are losing money on it, the consumer wins in the end, this could be the "Dreamcast" for Sony this round, and that means they lose tons of money, but we get a ton of great games with killer graphics. That would be ok, but really I hope Sony doesn't totally bomb this round.

RE: Sony
By 9nails on 9/12/2006 11:56:21 PM , Rating: 2
You really hit the nail on the head there. *When* people learn how to program on it, the PS3 should look amazing. Lets just hope that it lasts long enough to see that.

After hearing about the less than stellar initial drops of HD and Blu-Ray DVD movies, lack of content of OTA programming and battles between standards, I'm in the holding pattern for HD. But it remains on my 5 year plan. (I'm also waiting for 60" HD Ready TV's with all the inputs to fall below $900.) And by the time the market drops their HD sets price for the general public, I do hope the PS3 is still around.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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