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PS3 - Delayed 1 YR?

Sony's next-generation PlayStation 3 video game console might not appear in key markets this year and could cost the company $900 per unit to produce initially, according to Merrill Lynch analysts quoted in the Financial Times on Sunday.
Sony has indicated a spring launch for its console in Japan and the industry is not expecting a North American launch until November, the FT said.

But Hitoshi Kuriyama of Merrill Lynch in Japan said there are reports that the PS3 could be delayed by between six and 12 months, meaning an autumn launch in Japan and a late 2006 or early 2007 launch in the United States, the FT said.

Merrill Lynch analysts in San Francisco have estimated that the initial bill of materials for PS3 could approach $900, falling to $320 by three years after launch, the FT said.

The implications are that Sony could have to take a substantial loss on the PS3 through subsidies or risk low sales at the higher price and hand the advantage to Microsoft to be first to market with its Xbox 360 next-generation console, the FT said.

Sony is likely to reveal more on its plans for the console at the Game Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., in March and the E3 video games show in Los Angeles in May, the FT said.



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Looks like MS may be able to gain more marketshare. This has to have something to do with the fact Blu-Ray is not ready to be released as several HDDVD standards have yet to be agreed upon.




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If it's not out by Xmas, IMO, Sony is screwed. Everyone that is on the fence is going to stop waiting eventually. And when it does come out a year and a half after Xbox360, it better be something spectacular.
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Can you even get an Xbox 360 yet?? I know the litle teaser batch that they let out around Christmas but I have not seen ads for them or anything else indicating that stores actually have them again.

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Can you even get an Xbox 360 yet?? I know the litle teaser batch that they let out around Christmas but I have not seen ads for them or anything else indicating that stores actually have them again.
They have been coming in but you need to be on the look out or contact the store about shipments. I was in best buy one day when they were in but they don't stay too quickly.

Sony is more interested in pushing Blu-Ray as the next HDDVD standard than just selling another game console. It may come back to bite them in the ass..

Remember .....Betamax

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Can you even get an Xbox 360 yet?? I know the litle teaser batch that they let out around Christmas but I have not seen ads for them or anything else indicating that stores actually have them again.
I went into GameStop a couple days ago and they said they are taking preorders of the XBox 360s again. While they aren't readily available yet, probably by the middle of this year there will be a decent supply. Nobody should have a problem getting them for the holiday season this time.

Of course, this is all talking out my ass, I have no real sources

And I agree, the PS3 needs to come out this year (at least in Japan) or the finicky American crowd will give up. I know Microsoft plans on releasing Halo3 on the same day, but if it gets delayed too long, they will release it before that. They aren't going to sit on that gold mine too long.

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the thing to remember is that the manufactures DONT make $ on the actual console...they make $ on the software rights to make games...and as far as sony falling by the wayside when it comes to the video game segment....i dont think so...beta and vhs came out at the same time...but sony never pushed it like other companies did...

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Do not pre-order from Gamestop...they are scandalous and really screwed up the pre-orders from launch.

You can get them, you just have to be on the lookout. I can't believe you can't walk into any store and just pick one up yet, but they are out there.
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Yeah Betamax died in the home market cause it was expensive and people were to cheap to justify the better fidelity. Beta is still used in commericial applications today.

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I still remember when VCR's first came out, my Dad paid $900 for one in the early 80's, that was high tech back then. Remember when you would go to the video store and they would have a VHS and Beta section... funny shit.

Sony has lost marketshare since the first Xbox came out and they will lose additional marketshare due to this delay. Due to the costs for each console($500 average), less people will probably own both forcing a decision. With less marketshare comes less games sold which translates to less profit..

All is I can say is with a year delay, there better be a significant advantage over 360 when it comes out.




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Remember when you would goto the video store and they had laser discs
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HAHA Laser discs. My girlfriends dad still uses his.

I would bet with the introduction of Toshibas HD-DVD set top box that Blu-Ray is going to have a hard time to gain any ground.

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HAHA Laser discs. My girlfriends dad still uses his.

I would bet with the introduction of Toshibas HD-DVD set top box that Blu-Ray is going to have a hard time to gain any ground.
Laser discs..... They were the size of a record and you had to flip them half way through the movie...

The new Toshiba HDDVD players may not have the latest HDMI output which may prevent some of the features on HDDVD's from being used in the future. Hence, one of the reasons I believe PS3 is delayed... I am going to wait on this one...




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