The launch of Sony’s PlayStation 3 games console in Europe has been delayed until March 2007. Ken Kutaragi, head of Sony’s global computer entertainment division, said the machine would still be launched in November 11th in Japan and November 17th in the US.
Mr Kutaragi blamed the European delay on problems in mass producing elements of the high-definition Blu-ray disc drives in the machines. Sony Group’s production schedule couldn’t come up with enough blue laser diodes. Sony said it still aimed to ship six million new PlayStations by March… just not in Europe 🙁
This unfortunate turn of events doesn’t only affect Europe, the same delay counts for other PAL territories Australasia, Russia, the Middle East, and Africa. So much for that repeatedly promised worldwide PS3 release. Via BBC
Ray Maguire, managing director of Sony Computer Entertainment UK, was quoted as saying “We are extremely disappointed at news of this delay. We can truly empathise with everyone who was looking forward to PS3’s imminent release. We will however be working tirelessly to ensure that the March 2007 launch is the biggest and best in the company’s history.”