Time – Mar. 16, 2006:

The worldwide launch of Sony’s PlayStation 3 has been delayed until early November, the company said yesterday at a press conference in Tokyo. Sony attributed the revised launch, pushed back from this spring, to a delay in the release of copy-protection software required for the PS3’s game and high-definition movie discs.

While few doubt that the PlayStation 3 will be a hot seller when it hits the streets, the delay gives Microsoft’s Xbox 360 a major head start—a full year in which it will compete mainly with two older consoles, the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo’s GameCube.

  1. Glenn says:

    sony is outta control

  2. Wanderley says:

    DRM is Sony’s suicide pill. I guess the R in DRM stands for “retarded”.

    But it’s ironic, isn’t it? That the thing they created to protect their market share is going to be the thing that will cause Sony to lose that market share.

    The only shame in this whole story is that Microsoft is also a strong proponent of DRM.

  3. gquaglia says:

    Just goes to show you how obsessed some of these companies are with DRM to the point, where they will allow a competor to get a leg up on them, just to protect their product.
    Sony is perticularlly obsessed and I only hope Sony goes down in a firey crash. I for one will never purchase anything with the Sony name.

  4. Veztar says:

    The average gamer never bothered to make illegal copies of their games and pass them around their friends.

    The hacker who plans on putting it on the Internet and burning hundreds of copies to sell out of shopping carts on the streets of China never cared whether their target was protected.

    So… what’s the point of the delay?

  5. Milo says:

    “So… what’s the point of the delay?”

    The point is a bunch of idiots saw a powerpoint demonstration that “proved” that this would work. You can’t argue with that. It has 3D shadowing effects and 8 colors!

  6. Alex says:

    Foisted by their own petard!

    Not that they will finally learn the right lesson. This is the same company that put a rootkit on their music CDs after all. I hope Sony goes out of business for all the stupid decisions they have been making. Punishing your own customers for using your products doesn’t seem like a particularly bright business practice.

  7. dD says:

    Well, at least in the delay it will give Sony plenty of time to iron out bugs and rectify flaws in the hardware / os for the PS3, so I actually think it’s quite a good thing in a sense. It will also enable the games developers to get more games ready for lauch, so Sony will have a very strong and thouroughly tested product backed-up with an extensive launch line-up of games.

    However in my opinion the Revolution looks like being the underdog that might win this generation out, by such a quirky product and having an entire back-catalogue of games to entice people with. It will be huge in Japan anyway at least, and perhaps Europe too.

    The US can keep its 360 (not a huge fan, the games are not my kind of games).

  8. mike derosa says:

    Might this delay be about not having a working hi def dvd playback module to plug in?

  9. jasontheodd says:

    Note to Sony,

    I understand that you are paranoid about people copying your property, and I understand that you are doing everything in your power to prevent your customers from misusing said property. I would just like to point out that if you piss off all your customers (root kit anyone) and then prevent them from forgiving you (delay based on what? another root kit?) you will reach your goal. Because nobody will want you crap anymore. I was a Sony fanboy before you started frying peoples computers.

  10. ET says:

    I predict that Nintendo is going to kill both the xbox 360 and PS3!! Everyone seems to forget about Nintendo when they talk about the console wars….



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