We’ve been reporting for some time that all is not well in the PlayStation 3 camp and that was finally confirmed today as Sony announced a major delay to the console’s European launch.
March 2007 is the huge four month setback for all PAL editions shipped to Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Africa and Australasia and it will only gall gamers further to learn Sony still intends to ship the PS3 to Japanese and US territories on its original 11 and 17 November dates.
What is the cause? Well, we have heard repeated rumours that Cell processor yields have been poor but the official Sony line reveals another culprit:
“The revision of the launch date in the SCEE territories is caused by the delay in the mass production schedule of the blue laser diode within the Sony Group, thus affecting the timely procurement of key components to be utilised in PLAYSTATION 3.”
Whether this is the only factor remains to be seen but the company does still promise to ship six million units globally by the end of 2007. Of course this will do absolutely nothing to appease those in affected areas and it is certainly infuriating that these regions are consistently treated as the lowest priority despite always paying the highest price.
Still, the biggest loser in all this is likely to be Sony itself. The company will now miss the key Christmas period allowing not only the Xbox 360 and Wii to capitalise but also dealing a major blow to its Blu-ray format in the process. Get a grip fellas…