Sony delays PlayStation 3Release of PS3 held back for eight months

15 March 2006

Electronics giant Sony has announced it's delaying the launch of the eagerly awaited PlayStation 3 (PS3) games console until November.

The release of the PS3 was due this spring; Sony blames hitches with its next-generation disc technology for the delay.

The head of Sony's video games division, Ken Kutaragi, made the announcement early today after reports of a delay began surfacing in the Japanese press. It's now expected that the PS3 will hit stores in Japan and North America in time for Christmas, but it's not expected to be available in the UK by then.

PlayStation 3 movies

Mr Kutaragi said that Sony was still trying to finalise the copyright-protection technology for the PS3's Blu-ray movie disc drive. It's predicted that the PS3 will allow users to download and view high-quality video from the internet on the console, as well as play games.

Sony has shipped nearly 204 million PlayStation and PlayStation 2 machines worldwide but the Japanese company is facing an increasingly competitive market.

Microsoft launched the Xbox 360 last December and Nintendo is also planning its own next-generation game console, to be called Revolution, later this year.

When Which? reviewed the Xbox 360 earlier this year, we were impressed with it, and found it good value (GBP 289 for the premium version, which comes with a hard drive and wireless controller, and GBP 209 for just the core pack). But our advice is to wait and see Sony and Nintendo's offerings before parting with any cash.