Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Playstation 3 delayed in Japan until November, opens the door for Revolution

Just before it reached the point of comic absurdity (alright, it might have already hit that point) Sony has acquiesced: the PlayStation 3 isn't shipping in the next three months, despite what their website says to the contrary. The Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper is reporting that the PlayStation 3 is being delayed until "early November" in Japan due to complications with the AACS copy protection system being implemented into the Blu-ray specification.

The unsourced story broke in Japan this morning, hours ahead of the 3pm (1am EST) Sony conference where we imagine this--and other--PS3 unknowns will be eliminated. With a November release in Japan, Sony would need to coordinate a simultaneous launch in the US in order to capitalize on the lucrative--and strategic--holiday shopping season. A simultaneous launch would be a first for Sony, who have historically launched in Japan first, with US and European launches following.

Link to story

I don't see Sony having a simultaneous launch in Amercia and Japan, they are having enough problems just releasing the system at all. I do believe that the Playstation 3 will miss the holiday season in Amercia now and leave the door wide open for Nintendo to create a mass following of the Revolution during this time. Not only that but Sony will be even further behind the Xbox360 in sales and image saturation. Of course this is great news for Revolution fans. How do you think Nintendo can really use this to their advantage besides just advertising?

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