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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

March 14, 2006 at 4:12 PM

PS3 launch delay looking likely

Are they breaking out the champagne over at Xbox HQ today? Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun is reporting in its Wednesday morning edition that Sony will delay releasing the PlayStation 3 console until November. The delay is related to problems with the copy protection technology for the Blu-Ray video disc player in the console, the report said.

Sony had been promising a spring launch and isn’t officially responding to the newspaper report. Expect more details late tonight or tomorrow morning, after Sony Computer Entertainment chief Ken Kutaragi speaks to a group of media, analysts and developers.

Lots of issues in the air at this point, if the Nikkei is correct. Would a November launch mean just in Japan, or would Sony attempt a multi-regional launch as Microsoft did with the Xbox 360? Microsoft ran into serious supply issues, brought on in part by the ambitious multi-region launch. Can Sony afford to give Microsoft two full holiday seasons? And speaking of afford, how much is this thing going to cost?

Sony will be explaining itself next week in San Jose at the Game Developers Conference. Phil Harrison, the worldwide studios president for Sony Computer Entertainment, is scheduled to give a keynote address March 22.

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