The launch of Sony’s PS3 console will be postponed until November, the company has revealed, indicating that many of the technical and copyright issues concerning its Blu-ray disc have still to be resolved.
Sony had earlier announced a spring release date for the games console, but continuing discussions concerning its anti-piracy technology and a number of technical details have invariably delayed proceedings.
Sony has now confirmed that the PS3 will be available worldwide in November and that all games titles would be shipped on Blu-ray to help prevent piracy.
Sony has also finalized the specifications of the machines, with one of its most exciting features being a 60GB hard disk, which the company says will be completely upgradeable and able to support the Linux operating system.
The delay will grant Microsoft’s Xbox 360 almost 12 months head start on the PS3 in the market, which could prove a decisive factor in finally unseating Sony from its games industry throne.