PlayStation 3 Delayed
Sony s original plan was to unveil its new
PlayStation 3 in Japan this spring, but due to difficulties concerning
its production plans, it seems that Japan will not see the new PS3
until August. One of the main production difficulties is related
to the Blu-ray Disc drive in each console.
According to a Sony spokesperson, the company
is waiting for the final specifications on some of the technology
that is being used in the PS3, which includes the Blu-ray drive
as well as input and output video and sound. Sony s stock took a
hit on Monday after Merrill Lynch released a research note last
week which indicated that the PS3 s launch may be postponed by six
to 12 months, and that the cost of materials used in the console
s production could be around $900 per unit at the outset.
Yuta Sakurai, a senior analyst at Nomura Securities,
estimates the price of the unit to be around 50,000 yen, which is
about $420. I don t think it matters when Sony launches in the U.S.
as long as it s in time for Christmas, he added. Sakurai expects
Sony to aim for an early summer launch, which would be in time for
the big selling season around July, which is when schools are on
Little is known for sure about the PS3 as of
yet. Price estimates by analysts in Japan vary greatly, ranging
from 40,000 to 300,000 yen. The console will allow up to seven players
to play at once, and will be powered by the Cell chip, which is
powerful than Intel s Pentium 4.
Other features include an enhanced graphics
chip, a built-in Ethernet port, and Blu-ray, which is a next-generation
DVD format that is backed by Sony. Since the technology specs for
the PS3 are being delayed, game developers are forced to develop
games with guesswork. Game makers are developing games according
to their guesses on what the final specifications might be, said
BNP Paribas analyst, Takeshi Tajima.
Sony s PS3 will compete with the likes of the
recently-released Xbox360 and Nintendo s Revolution console, which
is expected to be released later this year.
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