The PlayStation3 will launch in Japan in November, the Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun has learned. This news comes only a few hours ahead of Sony´s conference, where the announcement will be made official. 1up has the story.
There aren't many details out right now, but Sony says issues over the finalization of copy protection technology related to their Blu-ray disc drive is the cause of the delay.
When asked for a comment, a Sony Computer Entertainment America spokesperson only went on record saying that SCEI has not issued any official statement itself yet.
While Europe had expected the PS3 to launch here no earlier than 2007, gamers in the States will be shocked at the prospect of Sony´s console missing out on the christmas season. I have always been expecting a delay of the PS3, but I never would have guessed a launch in Japan as late as November. The late launch also suggests that it´s too early for Sony to announce a price yet.
Source: Nihon Keizai Shimbun , 1up
Thanks to: Extreme Tech