Sony delays European PlayStation 3 launch to March 2007

TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp. said on Wednesday it would delay the European launch of its PlayStation 3 (PS3) video game console by about four months to March and cut its target for shipments this year by half.
Source: Reuters UK

This gives the Xbox 360 a two Christmas lead in PAL regions, and a four month lead for the Wii across the pond too.

At the expense of my Brit friends, this gives me a little more hope that the PS3 launch in the US will not be so bad. Yea right! It is still going to be hard to find a unit at launch.

Why do I want to get a PS3 you ask? Well, I don't want it, but I need it for review materials at Blogcritics. If it was not for my job there, I seriously doubt I would spend the $600+ for it. I would rather put that money to better use, like purchasing every single launch title for the Wii.

Now we have many questions, of course. Will software developers regard November as a soft launch, and use the extra four months to polish their games? That is the first thing that comes to mind.

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Special thanks to Andy for pointing this news out.

UPDATE: Joystiq is now reporting, via the International Harold Tribune, that the US will only get 400,000 units for launch, while Japan sees only 100,000. Those numbers just don't seem right. You would think that the US would get the shaft here, not Japan.

Comments (2)

LKM:
the US will only get 400,000 units for launch, while Japan sees only 100,000. Those numbers just don't seem right. You would think that the US would get the shaft here, not Japan.

Why? Sony probably considers Japan a done deal. The 360 is dead in Japan, and those people who can afford a PS3 can afford it even after buying a Wii - the two consoles may be different enough that Sony doesn't consider Nintendo real competition.

They probably concentrate on Microsoft, and Microsoft must be fought in the US, not in Japan.

Well this should be clearly filled under "shit i already know". Seriously any one with the most basic form of logistic knowledge would understand that 2 million units in 2 months simply isn't possible. Let alone 4 by the end of the year.

Once more Sony continues to blow their horn of lies and for some reason so many people swallow it. It's a sad day when Microsoft earns the title of being an honest company but that's pretty much how they've been with the 360. Yes we can go on and on about the questionable defect rate, but the fact is when it comes to hard facts Aony just keeps taking us all for a ride.

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