You may want one, you may even be pleading for one but Sony refuses to nail down an official release date for the PlayStation 3. For the needy amongst you, however, a few scraps of interesting speculation were raised late last week.
Pinning its reputation on a highly headline grabbing statement, games website Next Generation claims it can exclusively reveal the PS3 will have a September launch in both Japan and North America. It also boasts that the PS3 will indeed sport an Xbox Live comparable online service called ‘PlayStation HUB’.
Next Gen even goes as far as to nail down 16 September as the date for arrival in Japan with the 21st penned in for the US. We hope they’re right… As for PlayStation HUB, the news builds on the story I penned last month saying that such a development was highly likely following the extensive questionnaire Sony had issued asking its beta testers what features it would like to see in such an offering.
Well, a subscriber service is what Next Gen claims to have knowledge of, with a monthly charge levied in exchange for a solution that offers similar chat, demo download and online gaming experiences as those already provided by Live. Digging around our sources we have found no-one who will back this data up, either on or off the record, so treat it with the usual caution.
If true, then – for once – we owe Microsoft a big pat on the back because without its entry into the gaming console market you can surely bet sure as eggs are eggs that Sony would not be making these moves. All of which confirms the holy manta many fan boys forget: A competitive market is a better market...