As expected, Sony has made the official announcement that the PS3 will be released in November as opposed to the original spring launch date.
They cited problems finalizing the Blu-ray player as the reason behind the delay.
Launching in November means that the PS3 will hit store shelves simultaneously in Japan, North America, and Europe. Unfortunately, global launches like this tend to result in product shortages. Hopefully the manufacturing woes that have plagued Microsoft won’t hinder Sony as well.
“I’d like to apologize for the delay,” Ken Kutaragi, head of Sony’s game division said at a Tokyo hotel. “I have been cautious because many people in various areas are banking on the potential of the next-generation DVD.”
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the PS3 had better be reasonably priced, otherwise HD-DVD may win the format war. This would be catastrophic for the PS3 which is stuck with it’s internal Blu-ray drive.
Click here for official PS3 specifications.
Posted by Sean