The European launch of the PlayStation3 has been delayed a full four months. Here´s the official press release SCEE sent me about three hours ago:
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Announces New
March 2007 date for European Launch of PLAYSTATION 3
No change in launch date for Japan and North America
London, Wednesday 6 September 2006 – Sony Computer Entertainment
Europe (SCEE) today announced that it would revise the launch date of its
PLAYSTATION® 3 computer entertainment system in the PAL territories of
Europe, Russia, Middle East, Africa and Australasia from 17th November 2006,
as previously announced to March 2007.
Launch dates for Japan and North America will remain the same, which are
November 11th and November 17th respectively.
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
The previously announced PLAYSTATION 3 shipment forecast of 6 million
units globally within the fiscal year ending 2007 is not changed.
Now, I believe this is disastrous news for Sony. Nintendo will now be able to launch their console a full four months before the PS3. I have always maintained that Sony has put all their money on the Blu Ray ticket. And this is becoming more visible now than ever before.
So, after Blu Ray takes yet another hit, where can the PS3 go from here? Either the PS3 will save Blu Ray - or Blu Ray will kill off the PS3. As of today, the latter seems much more likely.
EDIT It´s even worse than that for Sony. They will only be able to ship 500.000 units for the November launch in total, shipping 400.000 in North America and 100.000 in Japan, as Joystiq reports. This is, obviously, a ridiculously small amount and will inevitably lead to the PS3 being in third place.
Xbox360 is at around five million consoles sold and, if marketed well, Wii might have sold a similar amount by the time the PS3 becomes widely available. I doubt that will be until summer 2007. Although, Sony has not retracted from their original goal of shipping a total of six million units by March 2007.
Thanks to: Joystiq, ColdBlooder, M-M, Vista