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PS3 Delay NOT Official |

With all the headlines buzzing around the net today about Stringer confirming a delay, I thought I’d point out that Stringer has not confirmed anything about the PS3’s release date, except that it will be before the end of the year. Which we knew already. So move along, nothing to see.

[Edit: Here is the quote from the Variety article:

Now, electronics and games can take center stage, although major questions loom at those divisions as well.

Sony’s new PlayStation 3 was widely expected to be introduced this spring, but will be delayed as the company fine-tunes the chips that are crucial to the success of the console’s Blu-ray function.

The PlayStation 3 — which is being called “the poor man’s Blue-ray” — is vital to Sony’s plans because it plays Blu-ray discs as well as videogames.

Sony will roll out the PS3 by year end, in time for the holidays. If PS3 “delivers what everyone thinks it will, the game is up,” Stringer boasts.

Note that it’s the writer of the article that says the PS3 will be delayed. Stringer himself doesn’t say it. And as a pointer to how accurate this writer is in doing her research, here’s another quote from the article:

One strange twist in the battle is that Toshiba is working with Sony and IMB to produce the cell chip that’s the foundation of Blu-ray

Which is patently false. Cell is not the foundation of Blu-ray. So how much can you trust this lady? Not a lot.]

Computer And Video Games – STRINGER: “PS3 – THE GAME IS UP!”

  • iWonder if Sony has thrown off the traditional cycle of a new generation system launches every 4 years or so. By the time Sony launches, it will be a year behind the competition. By 2010, we’ll be preparing for the next super consoles and Sony will just be on year 3. It was cool when everyone would launch @ or about the same time. This provided an opportunity for direct comparison of all the choices immediately. Now, we have to wait upwards of a year to make a decision because Sony has repeatedly been late. A lot of gamers who haven’t bought a X360 yet, are probably saving their money rather than spending it on last gen stuff. This is having an impact on developers bottomline and gamers wallets who r being charged more for game in part to make up lost revenue.

    iHave no problem with keeping grandfathered systems around but iPrefered it when everyone was on the same page. Sony is probably late cuz of DRM issues w/ content providers and their probably waiting for component prices be redueced. Guessing.

  • I made up my mind, i’m not gonna buy a ps3 untill it’ll still cost €299
    So much things that are coming soon, like the new true Video iPod, i’m gonna buy that asa it hits the stores! and i need a new imac too, and a small hdtv too!! expensive days coming up!!

  • Dude! The traditional cycle is 5 years, not four. Sony and Nintendo aren’t late to the party – Microsoft is early with the Xbox 360. That was one of the major complaints against the 360, that it was forcing an early start to the next gen when the current gen still has a lot of life in it!

  • Black Guy

    Didn’t iSay “4 years or so?” I reviewed my first comment and its right there. Last I checked, the cycles have been closer to 4 years; rarely around 5. And since when has a new release of a generation immediately ended the prior gen? Never. Xbox, PS2, GC still r selling fairly well w/ new titles being released.

    X360 starting the next gen early is just someone talking ‘cuz they wanted to hear themselves speak. Frankly it was about time considering the rapid advancements in technology – particularly in gfx that have occured over the last 4 years. PS2 has really starting to show its age about 1yr ago. There are a number of games that iCan think of that weren’t ported to PS2 cuz of its limitations.

  • I was addressing your complaint that Sony is coming to the party late. They’re not. Microsoft started this round early, while Sony and Nintendo are still on the usual timeline.

  • Matt

    When the PS3 launches it will be 6 years since the PS2 launch (2000). The original PS launched in 1994. Sony has been working on a 6 year cycle, which IMO is way to long between cycles. Computers are advancing so fast these days and consoles need to keep up.

    I haven’t played my PS2 in a long time. The games just aren’t as good as the competition. This is what happens at the end of a cycle. A new machine should be released about the time this starts happening.

    Xbox 360 hit at the perfect time. The Xbox was being pushed to the limits with Doom 3, Half Life 2, and Far Cry to name a few. The new machine keeps better improving games coming to the gamers. The Xbox line never hit a wall (more of a speed bump)

    PS2 has been missing out on games like the above mentioned because the developers couldn’t cut enough out to maintain the same experience. They got axed.

    I understand why Sony didn’t launch 2005. They couldn’t. They started on Cell when Xbox was released in 2001. It just isn’t ready yet. Sony being a hardware company can push new technology to achieve a company wide goal. The PS3 needs the Cell in it so Sony can drive the price down to install Cell in everything from HDTVs to Cell phones.

    With the movie goers staying home and buying/renting more, they need the Blu-Ray player in every home. This next transition will most likely be the last for a hard format. Blu-Ray could last 10 years.

    The thing I hate is that gaming is not the sole purpose of the PS3. If gaming was the most important we would all be playing are PS3s right now. Sony needs to release info soon. E3 is too far away and many gamers will be able to pick up a 360 long before then. They think they can catch up but MS and Nintendo are hell bent on capturing the market. They both have great strategies that will hurt the PS3. A late launch with technical problems could destroy Sony if they are not careful.

  • It’s too bad you’re not enjoying your PS2 anymore. Recently I got two games – Guitar Hero and Lego Star Wars. Both are a lot of fun.

  • Isagani

    I think that Sony is more than likely to miss Spring launch in any territory because of the AACS problems with Blu-ray… I really could care less if they make it Spring 06 or not because it seems that most of the developers aren’t ready for a Spring 06 launch anyways. As long as Sony hits Japan and the US by Holliday 06 they’ll be fine. The games should look as good, if not a little better than 360 titles for that time period seeing as the “delay” would give developers to give ample time for making the games.

    PS2 is still selling well, developers have a good grasp for developing on it, it’s cheaper to develop for, there are millions for units worldwide, and don’t forget there are still AAA titles that are going to drop for the system this year. Sony is not rushing the PS3 as much for themselves as they are for the consumer. People pay good money for these systems are deserve adequate support while a platform is viable.