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Analysts Doubt PS3 Launch Date And Availability

by Rainier on Jan. 17, 2006 @ 2:03 p.m. PST

Sony still has not revised its April 2006 PS3 launch date, but analysts are starting to doubt the next-gen console will make it, saying instead that a late 2006 release would be more likely. Analysts point to the fact that the PS3 was not present at CES, only a few thousand dev kits have been sent out, next-gen titles normally take about 18 months to develop, and complexities of mass producing the PS3's high-tech Cell chip. Pacific Crest Securities analyst Evan Wilson predicts the PS3 may only be available in very small quantities, 1 million for Japan, and another million for North America, with Europe possibly not seeing any units until March 2007.
Sony still has not revised its April 2006 PS3 launch date, but analysts are starting to doubt the next-gen console will make it, saying instead that a late 2006 release would be more likely. Analysts point to the fact that the PS3 was not present at CES, only a few thousand dev kits have been sent out, next-gen titles normally take about 18 months to develop, and complexities of mass producing the PS3's high-tech Cell chip. Pacific Crest Securities analyst Evan Wilson predicts the PS3 may only be available in very small quantities, 1 million for Japan, and another million for North America, with Europe possibly not seeing any units until March 2007.
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