According to a report over at CNN the PlayStation 3 won't be delayed, at least not in the U.S.
The suggested reason for this delay was the prohibitive cost of the PS3 – which Merrill estimated at a whopping $900 per unit, thanks to special memory chips required by the system and the PS3's Blu-Ray drive.
Granted, the possibility of a delayed PS3 launch and prohibitively expensive production costs make for some great headlines and message board chatter, but there are a few other realities to consider.
Perhaps the most important of those is market share. By pushing the PS3's launch beyond the 2006 holiday period, Sony (Research) would be giving Microsoft an enormous head start in the battle for consumers.