PlayStation 3 delayed, to launch in November

Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEI) will launch its next generation PlayStation 3 console in November this year, according to its president, Ken Kutaragi.

The console will go on sale in Japan, North America and Europe at the same time, Kutaragi said. That would make the PlayStation 3 the first console that SCEI has launched simultaneously in major markets.

The company will aim for production of 1 million units per month to satisfy launch demand.

Including units produced ahead of the launch date, SCEI expects to have about 6 million consoles in the market by March 2007, Kutaragi said.

SCEI has previously said the console would be launched in "spring" but the delay doesn't come as a surprise. Rumours had been rife in the gaming industry regarding the delay, which was blamed by Kutaragi on the late development of key standards related to high-definition video copy protection and the interface between the console and television.

"There were many things going on and it was rather frustrating but now it is more clear," he said of the delayed development of new technology. "Now we have decided early November is the time for the launch."

Kutaragi said the date had been chosen to coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday season in the US and the end of year shopping season in many other countries.

The copy protection system, called Advanced Access Content System (AACS), is being developed by a group of eight companies including Sony and was due to be completed last year but talks are still going on. A preliminary version of AACS, designed to allow manufactures to begin making first-generation Blu-ray Disc players, was announced earlier this month.

The late launch will also allow SCEI to include the latest version of the high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) standard into the console. HDMI is a digital interface for high-definition video.

Connectors for the format are already found on many new high-definition televisions and a new version of the standard, with support for more colors and higher speed, should be ready by June, Kutaragi said.

The delay means that Microsoft will have had a one-year head-start in the high-definition gaming market by the time the PlayStation 3 launches. Microsoft launched its Xbox 360 in North America on November 22, and followed with launches in Europe and Japan in the two weeks later.

Kutaragi also presented some of the main specifications for the PlayStation 3 although he held off on offering specific details.

"This is not the time to make the product announcement," he said. "This is for me to apologise for the delay and confirm what we are going to do."

The PlayStation 3 will boast legacy compatibility with PlayStation and PlayStation 2 content, support for the Blu-ray Disc video disc format, compatibility with television resolutions from standard to full HD, the latest version of the HDMI interface, a broadband network connection, wireless connectivity and a 60GB hard-disk drive, Kutaragi said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?