Sony's woes continue with PS3 delay

Poor Sony. Last week, it detailed the problems behind the millions of defective, prone-to-combustion laptop batteries it's recalled, which is costing the company $429 million.

Now today, according to reports, it's going to be shipping 20,000 fewer PlayStation 3 video-game units than it had originally announced, due to a delay in part production.

That delay won't affect shipments in the U.S., which is slated to get 400,000, as opposed to the 80,000 units now scheduled to drop in Japan.

Notably, the company is already planning to sell the units at a loss, with the 20GB model priced at $430. That's not an uncommon practice for game-system vendors, though, who make up the loss through software and licensing sales.

Sony is currently running at a 94% profit loss this quarter, due to the battery recalls and troubles in its gaming division.

By the way, if you think discussing video-game consoles is too end-user-y for an enterprise IT blog, well, you may be right.

But then again, have you seen the specs on the high-end system? In addition to having Blu-Ray optical drive and built-in 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, it will be the first commercial device powered by the Cell processor, a 3.2GHz chip that Sony developed with assistance from IBM and Toshiba. Boasting seven SPEs, the chip is said to perform at 218 gigaflops. Maybe there'll be a place for one in your server room?

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