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Sony PS3 a likely 2006 launch, with an HDD?

by: John -
The folks at Ars Technica have an article dissecting Sony's CEO interview with the Hollywood Reporter. In the interview, Howard Stringer of Sony says that the PS3 will launch in the U.S. a year from now giving the Xbox 360 an almost year headstart. In Japan, the unit will launch in March. With the article mentioning that the PS3 will be preloaded with material, Ars thinks the console will be bundled with a hard drive. Would Sony take the backlash on all the consumers complaining about the lack of HDD in the Xbox 360 and turn it around by putting it in the Sony as a standard? That's possible and I wouldn't get past them to do it. It's all speculative until the release of the machine in March and even then they could change what's released in the States compared to the machine in Japan six months later.