Just before it
reached the point of comic absurdity (alright, it might have already hit that point) Sony has acquiesced: the
PlayStation 3 isn't shipping in the next three months, despite what their website says to the contrary. The Nihon Keizai
Shimbun newspaper is reporting that the PlayStation 3 is being delayed until "early November" in Japan
due to complications with the AACS copy protection system being implemented into the Blu-ray specification.
The unsourced story broke in Japan this morning, hours ahead of the 3pm (1am EST) Sony conference where we imagine this--and other--PS3 unknowns will be eliminated. With a November release in Japan, Sony would need to coordinate a simultaneous launch in the US in order to capitalize on the lucrative--and strategic--holiday shopping season. A simultaneous launch would be a first for Sony, who have historically launched in Japan first, with US and European launches following.
We're sure you're all as shocked as we were to hear the news. Seriously, we're just glad that soon, maybe by this time tomorrow, we won't have to bring you daily updates about the PS3 being delayed, not delayed, definitely delayed, still on track, not in manufacturing...
[Thanks to everyone that sent this in!]