Analyst: PSP may miss March 2005 launch

[UPDATE] American Technology Research's PJ McNealy says "internal issues" at Sony may delay its portable's launch, a charge Sony adamantly denies.

Sony executives got a jolt of adrenaline with their caffeine this morning when they read the latest memo from respected game-industry analyst PJ McNealy. The memo's title says it all: "Sony PlayStation Portable Launch at Risk?" In the memo, the American Technology Research analyst outlines his reasons for suspecting that Sony's upcoming portable may not make its March 2005 release window. "We continue to monitor the status of development for the upcoming Sony PlayStation Portable and believe that wide publisher support may be challenging for a North American launch in the March 2005 quarter."

One reason for McNealy's supposition is that Sony has not sent out the PSP yet. "From a developer's perspective, they would have ideally already had an SDK [software development kit] for a March 2005 launch, as the later the arrival of an SDK into July or August, the odds of having a game ready drop," read the memo.

News source: GameSpot

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