Launch of PS3 may be Delayed
Speculation is rife that the launch of Sony’s eagerly-awaited, Gen-Next PlayStation 3 (PS3) video game console might be delayed, if industry specifications for some of Sony’s technology are not finalized soon. A spokesperson for Sony reportedly said that the company is aiming for a spring launch, but that it hasn’t announced specific regions. The spokesperson said that Sony is waiting for final specifications on some of the technology it uses in PS3, such as those related to the Blu-ray DVD drive and input and output video and sound.
The Sony spokesperson added that the company is waiting for these specifications until the last possible minute, but that the launch could be pushed back if the specs are not decided soon. The spokesperson further said that if the PS3 is not ready in time, Sony will choose the next best timing for the launch.Meanwhile software developers such as Konami, Bandai Namco and Capcom have committed to launching games for PS3; while refraining from committing to a spring launch. Developers like Square Enix have gone on to say that they have no plans to launch titles for PS3 this spring.
Not surprising… since Sony has been promising a spring launch of PS3 all along, while deliberately keeping mum about the exact time of the launch.
Considering Sony’s PS3 will be competing with the likes of Microsoft’s already launched Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s upcoming Revolution, analysts feel that a delay to the launch of PS3 might actually jeopardize Sony’s dominant position in the video games market – giving its rivals that much desired boost.