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Playstation 3 Delayed in Europe

Just in case you didn't catch the news, Sony have delayed the PS3 European release as well as vastly reducing their unit estimation from a projected 2 million over 3 territories during the first 3 weeks, to half a million over 2 territories (Europe being the one that takes it in the ass ...again.) The PS3 is now going to be almost a year late in Europe.

Amusingly, the reason behind this is STILL reportedly because of Sony's hilarious inability to build its own components. It's been said that less than 1 in 6 Cell Processors and Blu-Ray drives are actually working out of the gate. Blu-Ray PC drives are being co-opted for use in PS3s, so bad is the shortage.

I don't want to be accused of Nintendo fanboyishness, but as someone who was going to give the PS3 a miss due to the ridiculously high price, I can't help but laugh at Sony. The funniest thing is probably that the first generation PS3s will, by the sound of it, be even less reliable than the usual first wave of console releases...

Wow, a while blog post about the PS3 without mentioning Sony's comedy appearance at E3. Is the curse lifted? (No.)

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It seems that all games companies treat Europe like shit though. The extra wait for DS games like Metroid Prime Hunters and Animal Crossing, let alone Electroplankton, was really annoying.

By Jake Monkeyson
September 06, 2006 @ 4:17 pm

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The stupid bastards *still* can't seem to make hardware that's actually nice to code for, either, as developers are pulling out left right and center as their glorified sandwich toaster apparently carries all the faults that made the last two such a pain in the arse for developers. I can only hope their market share is sufficiently shafted by this.

Even Microsoft are preferable market dominators to Sony, as they actually sell excellent hardware.

By Cappsy
September 06, 2006 @ 5:27 pm

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Between losing GTA and Assassin’s Creed exclusivity, not chucking in a HDMI cable, high price, HD-DVD's lower disc production cost and now this, I gotta say the future isn't looking great for the PS3.

Makes the 360's backwards-compatibility mess look tiny in comparison!

By Andrew
September 06, 2006 @ 6:59 pm

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The Wii all the way! Maybe Sony's dominance will finally come to an end after all (even though PS2 is currently outselling the Xbox 360 worldwide, pretty much proving that the HD visuals it offers mean jack shit when all's said and done, it's the games that count). The GTA thing is actually quite important, just check the sales Vice City and San Andreas clocked up for the PS2.

Anyone who doesn't consider getting a Wii is crazy. It's the most essential console purchase in years. Now that the PS3 isn't coming to the UK for Christmas the Wii will dominate.

By performingmonkey
September 06, 2006 @ 10:31 pm

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The thing is though, despite all the problems, I have to get a PS3 if I get any next gen console at all.

Reason? Final Fantasy. If a system has a certain game franchise you adore, you're trapped.

By John Hoare
September 07, 2006 @ 3:00 am

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>If a system has a certain game franchise you adore, you're trapped.

I agree, but thankfully all of mine belong to Nintendo. That's basically because 9/10 of the pleasure I get from video games is nostalgia-induced, though. I still get a kick outta that little plumber guy in the overalls.

By Philip J Reed, VSc
September 07, 2006 @ 1:02 pm

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