Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Song delays PS3 launch by six months

Spotted this news item online, something that will have major implications for games developers and publishers worldwide. It does have a silver lining for European gamers, however...

The release of the much awaited PlayStation 3 (PS3) games console has been postponed until November, Japanese electronics group Sony has announced. Technical hitches related to the console's Blu-ray DVD disc drive had forced the delay, Sony said.

Sony games chief Ken Kutaragi said they were still finalising agreements on disc copy protection technology. Sony had been aiming for a spring launch for the successor to best-selling PlayStation 2. The news was announced at a hastily convened news conference, after reports of a delay appeared in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Japan's main financial daily newspaper.

Sony has dominated the market for home consoles, with its original PlayStation and PlayStation 2 having sold more than 200 million units. It is now talking of a simultaneous November release for the PS3 in Japan, the US and Europe.

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