Sony delays Playstation 3 launch

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Sony delays Playstation 3 launch

Post by mourningstar » Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:55 am

By Louise Barnett, PA
Published: 06 September 2006

Sony pushed back the European launch date for its PlayStation 3 console by around four months today.

The technology giant blamed delays in the production of a component for the PS3's new disc technology.

UK fans and retailers will be disappointed by the console's revised March 2007 debut, which will miss the lucrative pre-Christmas market.

Sony had previously delayed the PS3's European launch from spring this year to November 17 because of production problems.

The next-generation console will still go on sale as planned in Japan and North America on November 11 and November 17 respectively.

Sony is sticking to its initial global target of shipping six million PS3 consoles within the tax year ending 2007.

Announcing the delayed launch date at a press conference in Tokyo, Sony Computer Entertainment president Ken Kutaragi said: "We decided to focus on the Japanese and US markets. I am so sorry not to be able to answer to all the expectations.

"We've been working hard to try to tackle the problem, but we see the delay is inevitable."

Far fewer machines will be available for the launch dates in Japan and the US because of the production problem, he added.

The PS3 uses blu-ray discs - the high definition replacement for DVDs.

An exact launch date for the PS3's postponed debut in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Africa and Australasia has not yet been announced.

HMV's head of games Tim Ellis said: "This is pretty disappointing news for PlayStation fans as well as for retailers, who have been gearing up for this launch for some time now."

Mr Ellis said the delay should at least mean there would be no shortages of PS3s when it does launch.

He added: "It also presents a major opportunity to Microsoft to consolidate Xbox's position in the market, while Nintendo have a great chance to launch and firmly establish Wiii - which is a wonderful product and has every chance of being a 'must-have' best-seller this Christmas."

Sony pushed back the European launch date for its PlayStation 3 console by around four months today.

The technology giant blamed delays in the production of a component for the PS3's new disc technology.

UK fans and retailers will be disappointed by the console's revised March 2007 debut, which will miss the lucrative pre-Christmas market.

Sony had previously delayed the PS3's European launch from spring this year to November 17 because of production problems.

The next-generation console will still go on sale as planned in Japan and North America on November 11 and November 17 respectively.

Sony is sticking to its initial global target of shipping six million PS3 consoles within the tax year ending 2007.

Announcing the delayed launch date at a press conference in Tokyo, Sony Computer Entertainment president Ken Kutaragi said: "We decided to focus on the Japanese and US markets. I am so sorry not to be able to answer to all the expectations.

"We've been working hard to try to tackle the problem, but we see the delay is inevitable."

Far fewer machines will be available for the launch dates in Japan and the US because of the production problem, he added.

The PS3 uses blu-ray discs - the high definition replacement for DVDs.

An exact launch date for the PS3's postponed debut in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Africa and Australasia has not yet been announced.

HMV's head of games Tim Ellis said: "This is pretty disappointing news for PlayStation fans as well as for retailers, who have been gearing up for this launch for some time now."

Mr Ellis said the delay should at least mean there would be no shortages of PS3s when it does launch.

He added: "It also presents a major opportunity to Microsoft to consolidate Xbox's position in the market, while Nintendo have a great chance to launch and firmly establish Wiii - which is a wonderful product and has every chance of being a 'must-have' best-seller this Christmas."
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Post by mourningstar » Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:58 am

He added: "It also presents a major opportunity to Microsoft to consolidate Xbox's position in the market, while Nintendo have a great chance to launch and firmly establish Wiii - which is a wonderful product and has every chance of being a 'must-have' best-seller this Christmas."
I am suprised he mentioned that, he must be very selfless, you'd except some kind of economic hostility, some competition,. especially in this world. but no, how suprising
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Post by Madame » Wed Sep 06, 2006 8:41 am

Articles like this make me feel very much like the "older generation" -- I don't even know what a Play Station does or why this matters :)

I wonder if I've maxed out ...

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Post by jbuck919 » Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:41 am

Madame wrote:Articles like this make me feel very much like the "older generation" -- I don't even know what a Play Station does or why this matters :)

I wonder if I've maxed out ...
Playstation (it is a trademarked term) is a computer dedicated to video games. But I have never seen one. I don't own an Ipod, don't even know what a blackberry is and still think PDA means public display of affection. You've got a lot of company.

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Post by Madame » Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:12 am

jbuck919 wrote:
Madame wrote:Articles like this make me feel very much like the "older generation" -- I don't even know what a Play Station does or why this matters :)

I wonder if I've maxed out ...
Playstation (it is a trademarked term) is a computer dedicated to video games. But I have never seen one. I don't own an Ipod, don't even know what a blackberry is and still think PDA means public display of affection. You've got a lot of company.
Thank you ... I feel affirmed. I asked my nephew the computer genius a question and he asked me if I had bluetooth ... and I kind of stammered and said I'd check and get back with him. :) He's the same kid who was watching me try to stay alive in a PacMan game at a big pizza place years ago and he tried to make me feel better...told me that's OK, he wasn't good at it either when he first started out.

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Post by Gary » Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:48 am

Madame wrote:my nephew the computer genius...asked me if I had bluetooth.
I can assure you that it's better to have a bluetooth than a yellow one. :)
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Post by Ralph » Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:56 pm

I have to break this news to my son today. I hope he'll be strong.
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Post by Brendan » Wed Sep 06, 2006 5:41 pm

Ralph,

Didn't know you and Ted had moved. Pity power supplies are incompatible or I'd try to get one from the US in November. But the new games are disappointing to me, regardless of console power.

And a replacement for DVD is not good news. How many times must I buy Monty Python and the Holy Grail? The copy I have now should suffice.

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Post by Ralph » Wed Sep 06, 2006 6:04 pm

Brendan wrote:Ralph,

Didn't know you and Ted had moved. Pity power supplies are incompatible or I'd try to get one from the US in November. But the new games are disappointing to me, regardless of console power.

And a replacement for DVD is not good news. How many times must I buy Monty Python and the Holy Grail? The copy I have now should suffice.
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We havben't moved anywhere.

Let me know if I can ever help you to buy something from here.
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Post by Brendan » Wed Sep 06, 2006 6:39 pm

Ralph wrote:
Brendan wrote:Ralph,

Didn't know you and Ted had moved. Pity power supplies are incompatible or I'd try to get one from the US in November. But the new games are disappointing to me, regardless of console power.

And a replacement for DVD is not good news. How many times must I buy Monty Python and the Holy Grail? The copy I have now should suffice.
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We havben't moved anywhere.

Let me know if I can ever help you to buy something from here.
My addiction to Fritos (whose Australian launch has been delayed until the end of time) would drive us both insane. Thanks for the offer, however.

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Post by Madame » Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:47 pm

Gary wrote:
Madame wrote:my nephew the computer genius...asked me if I had bluetooth.
I can assure you that it's better to have a bluetooth than a yellow one. :)
Oh good ... does that mean I can throw away my Pepsodent? :)

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Post by living_stradivarius » Wed Sep 06, 2006 8:36 pm

Poor Sony. Hooray for the Wii

Everyone here needs to give it a try when it comes out. I think there's a culinary arts game too :P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k2eNwN1TXk
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Post by Madame » Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:06 pm

living_stradivarius wrote:Poor Sony. Hooray for the Wii

Everyone here needs to give it a try when it comes out. I think there's a culinary arts game too :P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k2eNwN1TXk
I AM old! That was the most boring -- and annoying -- game thingie I've ever seen. :shock:

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Post by Fugu » Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:57 pm

This playstation will not just play video games. It will also play bluray, regular dvd, sacd, and cds. PS2 could do all of that except bluray and sacd.

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Post by jbuck919 » Thu Sep 07, 2006 12:47 am

Fugu wrote:This playstation will not just play video games. It will also play bluray, regular dvd, sacd, and cds. PS2 could do all of that except bluray and sacd.
Well, it's good to know that. :)

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Post by Alberich » Thu Sep 07, 2006 5:57 pm

Fugu wrote:This playstation will not just play video games. It will also play bluray, regular dvd, sacd, and cds. PS2 could do all of that except bluray and sacd.
Gosh, how well informed we are. Enjoy your video
toys.

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Post by living_stradivarius » Thu Sep 07, 2006 6:49 pm

Madame wrote:
living_stradivarius wrote:Poor Sony. Hooray for the Wii

Everyone here needs to give it a try when it comes out. I think there's a culinary arts game too :P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k2eNwN1TXk
I AM old! That was the most boring -- and annoying -- game thingie I've ever seen. :shock:
Can't beat real physical activity, that's for sure ;)

What they should do is teach med students how to do surgery on that device.
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Post by Fugu » Thu Sep 07, 2006 7:27 pm

Alberich wrote:
Fugu wrote:This playstation will not just play video games. It will also play bluray, regular dvd, sacd, and cds. PS2 could do all of that except bluray and sacd.
Gosh, how well informed we are. Enjoy your video
toys.
Oh, I'm not probably going to get one. I'm just as much a videophile as I am an audiophile so I keep track of these things. I do see getting a bluray or hd-dvd player at some point, though.

Brendan

Post by Brendan » Thu Sep 07, 2006 7:31 pm

Actually, the blueray and sacd features means I probably will get one. Now I am annoyed at the delayed release Down Under!

Fugu

Post by Fugu » Thu Sep 07, 2006 7:44 pm

I already have a great SACD player and would hope that other bluray players would eventually have SACD function as well. I don't want a video game machine basically.

Brendan

Post by Brendan » Thu Sep 07, 2006 8:02 pm

The game facility is a bonus, but as I age I feel less need to solve virtual puzzles that don't pay the bills.

Imagining management as the mindless zombies in Resident Evil has had some fun-value. Just wish my managers weren't more bloodthirsty and dense than virtual zombies.

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