The Japanese newspaper Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun has reported that Sony will delay the launch of PlayStation 3 until November of 2006. The North American launch date is still up in the air.
So, as rumored, not only did Sony miss their Spring launch, but the holiday shopping season in the USA as well. Apparently it’s due to issues surrounding the Blu-ray high definition DVD drive championed by Sony. Since the Xbox 360 launched in November 2005 (later elsewhere), Microsoft will have a year all by itself at the top of the market in most areas. More by following the link including a nice (stock) photo of a properly thankful Bill Gates.
Final confirmation will likely come at a meeting tomorrow in Tokyo for PS3 game developers which has now been opened to the press.
The Nikkei said consumer electronics makers and movie companies have been unable to reach an agreement on the development of the copy protection technology.