Feeds

Sony delays PlayStation 3

Global roll-out in November

Reducing security risks from open source software

Update It's official: Sony has delayed the roll-out of the PlayStation 3 to early November from the late March timeframe the consumer electronics giant had originally pegged for the product's release. However, it confirmed the console will launch in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan simultaneously.

The exact reason for the delay isn't clear at this stage. Reports coming out of Japan, where Sony made its announcement this morning, point the finger at problems with the console's Blu-ray Disc drive.

Sony hinted before that troubled getting the next-generation optical disc technology ready might hinder the PS3's release, but with a so-called 'interim' version of the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) copy-protection mechanism in place, the broader BD roll-out is going ahead in May. AACS is essentially complete - the interim version just lacks the Managed Copy feature, which allows users to duplicate disc content on a variety of devices, the Blu-Ray Disc Association said last week.

AACS' lack of a Managed Copy facility also affects HD DVD, BD's rival as the successor to today's DVD format. Sony said it expects AACS to be finalised in April.

But it's not just AACS - Sony is waiting for the second generation of the HDMI interface to become available, something it doesn't expect to take place until June after the HDMI 2.0 details are finalised in May. These are target dates - the spec could be delayed, leaving Sony in a tricky spot if it says PS3 will debut in, say, July. Better to leave it until later in the year.

The timing sets the PS3 up for the year's big Thanksgiving and Christmas sales period - provided, of course, it's not forced to delay the release again. It also gives the company time to build product - the better to avoid the shortages that have hit the rival Xbox 360 over the past four months. ®

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax
Without representation, too. Time for a Boston (Lincs) Macbook Party?
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.