Europeans 'Don't mind' PS3 delays, says Sony

Written by Wil Harris

October 6, 2006 | 12:59

Tags: #delay #european #launch #ps3

Companies: #sony

One of Sony's Europe VPs, Jamie MacDonald, has been speaking to GamesIndustry about the delay to the PS3 on European shores.

He seems to think that the PS3 will sell fantastically regardless of the delay, and that this fact means that consumers clearly aren't that worried about the delay in shipping.

The PS3 launches in Europe in March, but November in America and Japan.

"European consumers have shown that historically they don't mind [the delays], because they end up buying as many PlayStations, if not more, than the US and Japan.

In Europe, it doesn't seem that the release of our platforms after the US and Japan - in the long run - affects how consumers feel.

If we were sitting here in five years' time, I don't think we'd really think about or notice that PlayStation 3 was four or five months later in Europe. I think in the long run, PlayStation 3 will succeed because of the great product it is and the great software we make for it."

Wow. Is this another self-evident own-goal for Sony's catastrophic PR machine? Could well be. The fact that people buy PlayStations after delays doesn't mean they're not cheesed off, just that they still want one. Sony appears to care for nothing but its own bottom line, which won't sit well with hardcore gamers, who are swiftly losing interest in the Sony platform, especially given the WiiSixty Christmas that is on the horizon.

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