Looks like Sony’s attempt to muscle in on Nintendo’s dominance in the hand-held gaming market will be delayed until early 2005.
Sony has informed publishers, developers and retailers that while it still plans to launch its handheld gaming and entertainment device in Japan this holiday season, the PSP will not hit shelves in North America or Europe until calendar year 2005.
“The reason we pushed it out here is we wanted to be sure there’s a reasonable amount of software titles to launch with hardware,” said Teresa Weaver, a spokesperson for Sony Computer Entertainment.
This doesn’t come as a surprise to veteran gamers. New hardware from the Japanese makers is traditionally released in Japan first and a world-wide simultaneous launch held the specter of shortages if the unit is as popular as Sony is hoping it will be. As it stands Sony has had problems with shortages with hardware in the past under the staggered method traditionally used due to high demand so this is probably a wise move on their part.