Sony sticks to spring launch for PS3

Publishing giant reiterates original release plans, EA CEO still isn't buying it.

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Despite widespread industry speculation to the contrary, Sony is sticking to its plans for a spring 2006 launch for the PlayStation 3, newswire service Reuters reported today. An unnamed Sony spokesman is cited in the article as saying that the company is still targeting the release window it officially announced in May at the Electronics Entertainment Expo.

However, others aren't convinced. Reuters reports that as recently as last week, Electronic Arts CEO Larry Probst said he didn't believe the console would be ready before fall 2006.

Spring 2006 is also the projected rollout for two competing high-definition disc formats, Sony's Blu-ray (which the PlayStation 3 will use in its disc drive) and Toshiba's HD-DVD. A spokeswoman for the backers of Blu-ray said the group was on track to launch its technology on time, while an HD-DVD rep hinted that both formats might be a little late to shelves.

"It's not going to be much of a battle until both sides are actually on the field," HD-DVD spokesman Mark Knox told Reuters, "and we have a sneaking suspicion that that won't be for quite a while."

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I'm getin it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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sony better release it by spring or else

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sony better be releasing the ps3 in spring or l'll be pissed.

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i'm going to wait for DX10 video cards and better windows then think about PS3. i

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<< LINK REMOVED >> hahahahha lol sooo old ha

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> ya well i never did buy a PS3...

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I really hope that Sony stick to their word, because i am looking forward to get my own playstation 3.

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It better come at least this year or im gonna be very very dissapointed.

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The fact is anything that has been said officially from sony has been a lie or they haven't told us everything like they are not confident in the product itself. The developers have also been showing a little hesitation when they are asked about it. It seems like the developers are very enthusiastic about the 360 and the revolution.

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Hope they don't get banana-controllers...

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I'm getting really tired of Sony, why don't they just say something.... truthful

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I think PS3 will be greatwork but it will be like Xbox360

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Has Sony delayed consoles in the past? I seriously don't know if they have....

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Marketing has proven that no matter how many people say they will buy a 360 if PS3 isn't out in spring, you'll all end up buying the PS3 when you can anyway. Tough talk but you won't stick to it.

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Its gonna be worth it but its not gonna be spring. There hasnt been chatter for quite a while. Unless theyre crazy enough to tell us a day before and have 2300 fatalities on the day of release as we hurt, maim and kill each other for yet another consumer product...

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i don't really care when it comes out, as long as it comes out and is worth it. if they rush production to make the launch leaving some massive bugs and poor quality ill be more disappointed then waiting for someting epic.

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i hope they dont stick to there workd lol i dont have any money saved up yet to get the console. towards the holidays would be sweet cause i should hgave about 500 bux by then maybe more and then i can get it with eaz proubly even pre order it soo i dont have to wait 3 mounths just to get my hands on it at a store.

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I spoke to the playstation rep at my store and he told me november street date but i will come with a game, movie, and a cd. to get you started

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I just hope it dosent tkae too long

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I agree with him!

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if they donot stick to there word then i am buying xbox-360

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I think Sony will deffiantely beat out the XBOX 360. But I don't really care about the release date. I know Sony wants to get it on the shelves as soon as possible. But if they need a little longer to make it better then I would rather them release it later. If i were going to pay that kind of money for a great system like the PS#, then i would want a quality job. I don't think Sony has any idea of when they are really going to release the PS3 though. I've heard that they are changing the style of the controller again to make it more comfortable.

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Even if it comes out i am going to wait for the price to drop by that time there should be no more bugs and i could actaullly aford it

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and XBOX is lame... sony will pwn the microsoft nubs the only good thing that came out of microsoft is XP and office 2k3

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do you guys want some piece of crap that might nnot work now?? or wait a little longer and get the best freakin thing ever since barbara striessand..?

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The PS3 is out in 2007, geez. Go find some Asian game magazines like Game Weekly and Game Station. It clearly stats that Sony Japan already said its going to be out early 2007.

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Its gonna be at least November 2006. Sony would like to get in on the Holiday season, but this new technology, and trying to keep costs down will possibly push it to early 2007. If you buy and X-Box 360, you can enjoy it while saving money for the PS3 when it does arrive. How many people here actually only had one console from the last generation, anyway?

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At this point whats another 6 months.

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Question for you guys. Do you guys just hate the 360, and only like the sony stuff.

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Stop the suffering! What are you waiting for? buy a XBOX 360 and say yes to true fun. "In XBOX we trust"

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i live in the UK so i might have to wait longer, dammit

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Sigh, the longer it takes for it to come out the longer it's going to take for the price to go down. I'm not getting one unless the price is about $400-$500.

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I just hope it comes out in spring i would like to get it in the fall.

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well if not in spring then when damnit... i sure hope they stick with it and release it in the SPRING

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Sony has made a lot of empty promises in the past 1 1/2yrs. The system most likely will not make it this spring condsidering it is spring right now. The 360 has fight night which looks just as good as the ps3 demo they showed some months ago and said it will be on ps3 only. Also Ghost Recon coming out in a couple weeks shows the support and power of the system right now. They are building up a library and are gaining all the right support for the 360. The ps3 better live up to all expectations or it will be a long battle back to the top. Also the price has been expected to be around seven hundred dollars as of right now which sounds about right. I wonder if they can still be the powerhouse the once were, being they are in some earnings trouble as of late.

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I hope they stick to there word

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my ass its coming out in spring. we wouldve heard much more about the system if it was in fact doing well in its progress. i bet it comes out late this year at the earliest companys always pull this crap.

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The controllers still look horrible

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Just got the big screen T.V to go with the new playstation better be soon.

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But jotapedos i agree with you on the Nintendo thing, their longterm plan of content over dazle(flash) will win out in the end.

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Hey jotapedos, spring hasn't even officially started yet, so no it is not ending soon. Yeah, i agree with most people, the PS3 won't see a launch before E3, not enough hype if they do that, plus the more they hold off the PS3 the long micro$oft will hold off Halo 3 and the less xbox360 that will be sold.

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knowing sony they will say spring release but they will say ooops we meant 07 not 06 we were going to release the release date on spring of 06. they always do that. their marketing team must be a sleazy bunch to make us wait and wait and push back and push back to make us really want hype up the system and as I can see from this message forum seems to be working really well.... oh and btw if you find the release date for halo3 you'll find the release date for ps3 lol i heard that from a little angel over there in microsoft.

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they are not realising the ps3 this spring have u guys read the article that the stock prices when't 3.6 percent down and they say that the ps3 could cost up to $900 perconsole and it will be aiming this christmas or spring 2007.... this is true the article is in this website search for it... this sux so no spring 2006 realase for north america

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Hope Sony does realese ps3 this spring....

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I Dont know man, but i think that XBOX 360 is going to be better than the PS3, im not saying that PS3 is a crap, but x360 is better...

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haha here in Bahrain we get consoles as soon as they relaease ANYWHERE, government dont really care, so i will be playing next month hahahahahahaaaaaaa

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No way is it the spring sony will release thier ps3 fall in the usa at the earlyest, here in Europe (uk) it will be next year sob ur hearts out sony fanboys ,by which time i will have been playing next gen games for over 1 YEAR . . . . . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . . .. . . . . .. . . SONY=HYPE CENTRAL consumers wake up.

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Too late to be true. We are in February and spring will end soon. PS3 does not have an official release date. They are worried about Ninty plans because they know Ninty can shake the industry in this next-gen. They are trying to copy the original proposals from Ninty as they have always done, but unfortunately they promised a release date before Ninty. It is great Ninty is not giving any new details of Revolution till E3 to make Sony nervous. They did not expected a DS success over PSP and they are scared of the REV proposal. It seems this new generation of gaming experiences is not going to be about Hi definition not blue-ray DVD or terabytes... but about gaming experiences and true disrupting technology.

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I'm switching to PS3 and am kind of worried about it...because a lot of sony's best successes are third party titles with game after game after game (Devil May Cry, Metal Gear Solid) and I'm out on storyline, no matter I'll try to just hook on when i get my ps3

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I hope this is true, don't know how much longer my PS2 will hold together : )

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