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The release date wars have begun

Sony Computer Entertainment has gone on the record in Japan to state it has brought forward the planned release of PlayStation 3, which may bring it ahead of Xbox Next in 2005.

At a conference this week, Sony CTO Kenshi Manabe said: “We intend to launch the successor to PlayStation 2 ahead of our initial schedule, which was drawn up some years ago. This, we believe, will bring us ahead of Microsoft, which is planning a new console towards the end of 2005.”

With Microsoft repeatedly insisting it will be first out of the door and Nintendo recently confirming it will release alongside the competition, the fight is firmly on.

That’s three new consoles being released at the same time. Better start saving some pennies…

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