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Sony Japan says earthquake will not delay NGP

By Dan Pearson

Thu 07 Apr 2011 7:37am GMT / 3:37am EDT / 12:37am PDT

Spokesman says Tretton comment in Bloomberg report was "wrong"

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A Sony Japan spokesperson has denied reports that the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan will delay, or at least stagger, the release of the NGP later this year due to damage to production facilities.

Comments to the effect that the release would be delayed had been attributed to SCEA president Jack Tretton in an interview with Bloomberg.

In that interview, Tretton said that the earthquake "may be the straw that says 'maybe we get to just one market by the end of the year'".

However, SCEJ spokesman Satoshi Fukuoka has now claimed that the disaster has not affected production, saying "So far we see no impact from the quake on our launch plan" and calling Tretton's assertion "wrong" in a statement to Nikkei.

Nonetheless, it would appear that a staggered launch, beginning in Japan, might have been the plan all along, with Fukuoka seeming to imply that that plan would still go ahead.

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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game

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A large staggerred launch window will do Sony no favours, when Nintendo had such a much shortet gap this time round. For the PSP, a lot of excitement died down in the west between the Japanese launch and it's European launch nearly a jear later. By the time it was released, not only did DS have a foothold, but everyone was saving pennies for the 360. Would it have gained more traction in the west had it been released ready for the previous xmas?
Likewise, the PS3 lost a year of sales to the Xbox 360, adding nearly 6 more months in Europe didn't help. And it's one thing a console being delayed as it's not ready for release, but when it is out in Japan and North America, the delays just grate. Especially when Microsoft released the Xbox 360 globally in about a month. Ok, there were shortages, but lets face it, higher demand than supply can handle looks pretty good, and did neither the 360 or Wii any harm.

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