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.