We've heard some pretty bold claims from Sony in the past
regarding its PlayStation 3 gaming console. One of the more famous ones came
from Sony CEO Ken Kutaragi when he said that the price of the PS3 was "probably too cheap."
This time, it's Sony
European VP Jamie MacDonald's time to shine.
McDonald was quoted as saying, "European consumers have
shown that historically they don't mind [the delays], because they end up
buying as many PlayStations, if not more, than the US and Japan."
If you may recall, while the United States and Japan will
fight over 400,000 and 100,000 consoles respectively during the official launch
next month, European customers will have to wait it out until March
2007 to get their hands on a PS3.
McDonald's comments seem somewhat perplexing with regards to
European customers. Could it really be said that European customers "don't
mind" or is it a matter of they don't have any choice but to wait? Then
again, there's always the XBOX 360 as an alternative and Nintendo has been
getting a lot of positive press for its $250 Wii console. The
latter console will launch on December 8 in Europe.
quote: PS3 has loads of issues
quote: People didn't really know if, nevermind when, new consoles would be launched. So the fact the Playstation was delayed compared to the US and Japan wasn't a big issue - all the other consoles were as well. You dealt with it, if you even cared. Even with the PS2, it was out before the GameCube and XBox, so being late wasn't a major disadvantage, even if some people knew about the delay.