Sony has revealed more details about its beleaguered PlayStation 3 console which launches on 17 November in the US. Two versions will be available at $499 and $599 and 20 games will be released including titles by Activision and Electric Arts. Both games publishers are working on 50 more PS3 titles due for release in the next few months. The console also connects to the PlayStation Network which enables users to buy and play games online.
The PS3 launch has been hampered by delays in the manufacture of blue laser diodes needed for the Blu-Ray players. Sony prioritised the US and Japan for the first shipments of consoles but halved the number of units to two million. Europe and the rest of the world were slated for six million and then four million units by March 2007. Sony has said that it still may not reach those shipment targets. Its decision to give the console Blu-Ray capability naturally limited the number of units that could be made, according to Forrester analyst Paul Jackson. “The other makers have focused more on getting the maximum number of units into the marketplace as the holiday buying season comes, but Sony has gone the other direction, preferring to be more cutting-edge and developing a complex, next-generation product.” Though it might work in Sony’s favour for a while that hardcore PS fans will relish the hard-to-find new console, but it still has to compete with Nintendo’s Wii and the Xbox 360 over the Christmas season.
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This article originally appeared in MediaGuardian.