PSP US Launch Still in Danger of Delay?

Activision talks of June '05 release.

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PSP US Launch Still in Danger of Delay?
Various speculative reports have been filtering through from Wall Street this morning, where games industry analysts are once again suggesting that Sony’s PSP handheld is likely to suffer delays, possibly pushing the machine’s launch back into Q2 2005. These fresh rumours were instigated by Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision, stating matter-of-factly to investors that the PSP would not launch until Q2 2005. Even if that doesn’t turn out to be true for the console itself, it suggests that Activision won’t be preparing any PSP titles for release before that point.

Ubiquitous industry specialist PJ McNealy has reiterated concerns he first voiced back in Febuary, when the first delay was confirmed: “We have maintained that it has been at best a 50-50 proposition that Sony will make its scheduled holiday 2004 launch, and any delay in the Japan launch would likely push the North American launch out of the March quarter.”

Sony, however, have disputed this, with SCEA’s PR director Molly Smith stating, “We have not discussed or given any indication that an adjustment to the PSP launch window is on the horizon”. An official update to the PSP’s production status is expected at the Tokyo Game Show this September.

If and when Sony make a change to the scheduled US release date of March 2005, read it here.
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ohms 19 Aug 2004 14:21
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As cool as it looks, and the undoubted potential that's there, I've pretty much given up on the PSP.
Firstly because there's no way it'll be affordable, for me. Secondly, if I manage to get the £200 (or more?) together to buy it, I'd just end up playing it at home where I wont get mugged for it.

I may as well stick to playin' PS2, save my pennies for PS3 or whatever.

Joji 19 Aug 2004 14:33
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And once more the plot thickens. PSP is gonna run into trouble because Sony are not reasonable when it comes to prices for there consoles.

Couple this with all the silence, and some publibshers/developers now questioning certain aspects that aren't so crystal clear, and this might turn out to be Sony's first console death by misadventure. They are gonna have to move mountain on the price to convince me to buy it.
Ben Furfie 19 Aug 2004 22:35
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Joji wrote:

>And once more the plot thickens. PSP is gonna run
>into trouble because Sony are not reasonable when
>it comes to prices for there consoles.
>
>Couple this with all the silence, and some
>publibshers/developers now questioning certain
>aspects that aren't so crystal clear, and this
>might turn out to be Sony's first console death
>by misadventure. They are gonna have to move
>mountain on the price to convince me to buy it.

What I think people have missed out on noticing is that the PSP is going to be the eqivalent (sp?) for the PSone for the PS2.

I won't buy it, it;ll be the next iPod, popular as all hell but a status symbol that screams mug me, i'm a muppet!

With the home bound thing it won't really be affected too much, I mean we've all heard the GBA referred to as a toilet console.

As for the price point, unlike the Playstations One and Two which were manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment, the Playstation Three and PSP are being manufactured by Sony's Home Entertainment division who have been responsible for all of Sony's TV's, DVD Players, VCR's etc etc.
The signifigance? SCE quite happily sold their product at a loss to increase market share, even if it was from the off, Sony's Home Entertainment department are notorious for once saying if we were to produce the Playstation console we don't care how important it is to sell at that price point, we won't sell at a loss for no-one...
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