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March 14, 2006

Xbox gets a free year, Sony PS3 delayed until November?

Posted by David Hunter at 5:28 PM ET.

Daily Tech:

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.

Update: Reuters:

The Nikkei said consumer electronics makers and movie companies have been unable to reach an agreement on the development of the copy protection technology.

Filed under Blu-ray, Coopetition, Hardware, Microsoft, Sony, Xbox

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One Response to “Xbox gets a free year, Sony PS3 delayed until November?”

  1. Rumor confirmed - Sony PS3 stumbles in the gate -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Yesterday’s rumor of Sony delaying the PlayStation 3 game console until November was confirmed today by Ken Kutaragi, president of Sony’s game unit, in a hastily call press conference in Tokyo. Yukari Iwatani Kane and Sachi Izumi at Reuters: Sony Corp. said on Wednesday it would delay the release of its new PlayStation 3 video game console until early November because development of some of the technology was behind schedule. [...]

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