Sony and Pioneer have quietly unveiled they will delay the commercial release of their Blu-ray players to August and September, respectively.
Sony has quietly changed availability date for the BDP-S1 player to mid-August at its SonyStyle web-site claiming that the device would be available “on or about August 15, 2006”. Earlier it was said that the device is expected to be available in June for the price of $999, which was a lot more affordable compared to Pioneer’s Elite BDP-HD1 Blu-ray disc player. The latter also faced the delay, according to Gamasutra web-site, till September, despite of Pioneer’s initial plan to ship the device in June. The good news, however, is that Pioneer will charge $1500 for the BDP-HD1, not $1800, as projected originally.