Looks like Sony is trying to put some pressure on Microsoft by making a formal announcement that they will not only have a PS3 for display at next year’s E3, but that it’ll be playable as well.
Sony’s game-business head Ken Kutaragi said it planned to unveil a playable version of the new console at next year’s E3, the annual video-game trade show scheduled to take place from May 18 to 20 in Los Angeles.
“There has been some talk that development is not going well, but we expect to have a playable version at E3. We are pushing ahead with that schedule in mind,” Kutaragi told a meeting of developers, suppliers and media.
This isn’t that surprising as Sony hopes to launch the PS3 in 2006 putting the E3 unveiling roughly a year ahead of the launch just like with the PS2. Some industry analysts have suggested that development delays could force the PS3 into a 2007 launch date, but Sony is claiming that’s not going to happen though they’re not setting an official launch date either. Microsoft continues to claim they’ll release the “Xbox Next” before Sony hits shelves with the PS3 and likely will show it off during next year’s E3 as well.