Electonics giant Sony has delayed the European launch of the PlayStation 3 (PS3) until next spring.
It says delays in the production of a component for the PS3’s new disc technology have forced it to postpone the planned November launch. The PS3 uses Blu-ray discs – a high-definition replacement for DVDs. The PS3 is now set to hit shops in March 2007.
This is the second time Sony has had to delay the launch. The console was due to debut in the spring this year but the launch was delayed due to production problems.
The next-generation games console will still go on sale as planned in Japan and North America on November 11 and November 17 respectively.
However, far fewer machines will be available for these launch dates because of the production problem.
Sony Computer Entertainment President Ken Kutaragi said: ‘We decided to focus on the Japanese and US markets. I am so sorry not to be able to answer to all the expectations. We’ve been working hard to try to tackle the problem, but we see the delay is inevitable.’
Which? will be testing the PS3. We expect to publish our results before the UK launch.