“Sony will put off the release of its much awaited PlayStation 3 console until November from its planned spring debut because of delays in finalizing its next-generation optical disc technology, the company said Wednesday,” Yuri Kageyama reports for The Associated Press Writer. “Ken Kutaragi, the head Sony’s video games division, made the announcement at a hastily called news conference after reports of the delay surfaced in the business daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun and other papers. The PlayStation 3 is critical for Sony Corp.’s profits and brand image, so the delay is a major setback for the Japanese electronics and entertainment company as it struggles to mount a recovery after several years of poor earnings.”
“The new timeline means that the PlayStation 3 will still hit store shelves simultaneously in Japan, North America and Europe, just in time for Christmas. Kutaragi said Sony is still trying to finalize the copyright protection technology and other standards for the Blu-ray DVD disc, the format for PlayStation 3, and next-generation video for the company’s electronics gadgets in the works. ‘I’d like to apologize for the delay,’ Kutaragi said at a Tokyo hotel. ‘I have been cautious because many people in various areas are banking on the potential of the next-generation DVD.’ Blu-ray preparations were initially to have been completed by last September, but now won’t be finalized until next month, he said,” Kageyama reports.
“For decades, Sony symbolized Japan’s manufacturing power exemplified by the original Walkman. But in recent years, the company, which also has movie and music businesses, was battered by declining electronics prices,” Kageyama reports. “It’s only been in recent months Sony has made a comeback in flat-panel TVs using liquid crystal displays manufactured in a joint venture with South Korean rival Samsung Electronics Co. It has also come out with Walkman MP3 digital music players to catch up with the hit iPod from Apple Computer Inc.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Sony may have come out with Walkman MP3 players, but catching up to Apple’s iPod is another thing entirely. We wouldn’t lump whatever Walkman Sony has out today (could be canceled tomorrow, see Walkman Bean) in the “comeback” category, if, indeed, that was what Kageyama’s intent. As for the PlayStation 3 delay, isn’t November awfully close to Christmas? If that really the best Sony can do?
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