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Sony’s Phil Harrison claims that the company had “overreached” with it’s decision to include Blu-ray in the PS3 at launch. From the Eurogamer article:

Referring to the shortages of blue diodes that forced Sony to postpone the console’s European launch until March, Harrison told Eurogamer’s Rob Fahey, “we have overreached in production of the Blu-Ray component - I can’t deny that”.

“But that’s the price you pay for adopting brand new, leading-edge technologies that will be future proof. We will resolve those issues - we are already catching up.”

Well, I’ll say. If there’s any decision that ruined the PlayStation 3 in terms of potential sales, as well as production quality, it’s the Blu-ray drive. The thing is responsible for both the console’s high price and the shortage of units at launch, and the decision to include it in the console at this time was just a stupid idea. Personally I think that the right decision would have been to either not include the Blu-ray drive and have it as an add-on, or better still, wait until next year to release the console, after the Blu-ray drops in price. Sony has plenty of experience with successfully entering the console market late, so it’s not as though they couldn’t pull it off this time around, especially if the offering was that much better than their competitors for the same price.

At this point it’s too late to make any more decisions, what’s done is done. Sony will include Blu-ray at launch this month, far earlier than it would have been wise to include it. And they will be paying the price for it. It’s looking more and more like the Nintendo Wii is going to dominate the console race this round.

Sony ‘overreached’ including Blu-ray in PS3 - Harrison [Eurogamer via digg]


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