Sony Delays Blu-Ray Player...Again
If you're one of those people who simply loves to interpret the news in a variety of ways, this little tidbit should set your mind spinning.
Sony has delayed the release of their stand-alone Blu-Ray player once again, and not surprisingly, the new date - or estimate - just so happens to fall after the PS3 launch. The player, technically titled the BDP-S1, was initially set for an October release. But now, it seems that Sony's website has listed the new release date as "on or about December 4, 2006." Hmmm...
We can only speculate as to the reasons for this particular delay, but the most logical one is fairly obvious: this is simply an effort to combat the well-documented blue laser diode shortages that are a constant threat to the PS3 launch. Although Sony stands firm in their aim to deliver around 1 million PS3s before December 31, they still remind everyone of these production issues that may or may not have a significant impact come November.
On the other hand, you could view it as just another shrewd business maneuver; pushing back the player in an attempt to persuade consumers to spring for the PS3. After all, even the Premium ($599) is dirt cheap compared to the $999 BDP-S1, so it's a deal, right? Whichever reason you believe, the correct one is probably...well, a little of both. Either way, Sony has indirectly (or directly...?) given consumers another reason to own a PS3 on November 17, especially if you're a tech-junkie.
10/24/2006 Ben Dutka