Format War ’06: Sony says “What Blu-Ray player? Oh *that* Blu-Ray player.”
By Dan Moren, Macworld
It’s been some time since I’ve cranked out a good
Format War ’06 piece. We’ve covered the delay of Sony’s BDP-S1 Blu-Ray player not
twice . The release date has gone from June to August to October and now
it’s been pushed to early December. Anybody want to take bets on that date slipping? Anyone?
What’s the hold-up anyway? Well, we know that Sony’s been having a
shortage on the blue-lasers that give its optical format its colorful name—that’s also the reason behind
the extremely small number of PS3s that will be available at launch. And, one suspects, the high visibility of the PS3 outweighs the standalone player that costs half-again as much, and doesn’t even play games.