Oh, we’re back for the attack. The PS3, on the other hand, won’t be around for a few months longer than expected.
After a long but fruitful hiatus which included a trip halfway across the country, lots of Texan hotness and a good amount of loungin’, PS3week is back. We’re never leaving the blogosphere again!
So here’s a roundup of all the action since we’ve been gone — most notably, coverage from around the web of Sony’s announcement that the PS3 won’t hit the market until November.
The Big News: On March 15, Sony announced that the PS3 would make a worldwide launch in the first 10 days of November 2006. That means it’ll be late for Japan, which was originally expected to get the system this spring, though that hasn’t been realistic for some time now. It’s about on par for the United States, where it will debut just in time for the holiday shopping season. And it’s early for Europe, which until now wasn’t expected to see the PS3 until early 2007.
So, as we said last month, a worldwide fall launch — despite the fact that it’s a delay — really doesn’t hurt Sony that much, and is certainly a boon for European gamers. Sony also claims to be able to produce 1 million units a month by November, which would probably prevent any serious, Xbox 360-esque shortage. But considering how big the demand will be in the U.S. and Japan, and factoring Europe in the mix to receive a few hundred thousand units a month, the system will likely be sold out for quite some time. Get your pre-orders as soon as possible.
Here’s some more commentary we’ve dug up about the launch. Enjoy, and stay tuned for continuous updates… starting now!
Mercury News: Will the delay tank the industry?
CNN Money: Is the delay A good thing?