Namco Bandai president Takeo Takasu has gone public with his knowledge, or lack thereof, of the PS3's launch date. Takasu told Bloomberg, "Without any announcements so far, the spring release is impossible." In response, Sony issued a vague rebuttal, stating, "Nothing has changed with our plans." But if Namco Bandai, a company that helped boost the PlayStation brand in the past, is still in the dark, then it's safe to assume (as recent certification setbacks have implied) that the PS3 will not launch in Japan within the next few months. But Takasu isn't necessarily concerned, just as long as Sony's next-gen console hits retail by the winter shopping holiday season.
I for one, am tired of Sony's "Just wait a little longer" marketing strategy. But then again, how else would they prevent all those people from growing impatient and running out to buy an XBOX360?
It's becoming clear how far Sony is behind Microsoft in the next generation (graphics) development. I mean, even from the real-time footage circulating on the web, I really dont see that much of a difference to warrant a release that far behind a competitor. Source: Joystiq