Sony: Playstation 3 delay is possible
Sony has admitted for the first time that the Playstation 3 may not launch on schedule. Sony has continually denied a delay and maintained the PS3 would be ready for a Spring release, however, according to Japanese news site Sankei Web, Sony have now conceded a setback is possible.
A Sony spokesperson cited problems with the mass-production of Blu-ray drives as the chief concern to the Playsation 3′s release.
“The high-quality graphics of Blu-ray is essential to the Playstation 3. If the built-in [Blu-ray drive] is late, postponement is a possibility.”
Kouichi Hamamura, President of magazine publisher and game developer, Enterbrain, said it is very unlikely that Sony will be able to launch the Playstation 3 by Spring.
“If they don’t start accepting orders from retail stores at the beginning of this month, it will be difficult to release [the Playstation 3] during the long holiday period in May.”
The most likely scenario is that Sony will delay the launch of the PS3 until after October so they can take full use of the traditionally high-spending holiday season.
Previously, the Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) was also expected to be delayed, but Sony managed to release it on time. The current situation with the Playstation 3 appears to be much more severe though.