Rumours out of China suggest that a large launch of Blu-ray players may not happen even this year, as Sony nabs all the critical parts for its PS3 console.
, which is a Chinese newspaper, says that Sony is wary about the capacity it has to produce laser diodes for the next-gen optical drives. Sony supplies the diodes to Benq, Philips and Lite-On.
Potential shortages could hamper the availability of the PS3, which has a Blu-ray drive built in, and Sony is allegedly more keen for the PS3 to be a hit than it is for its manufacturing partners to have enough components to build drives that, technically, compete with the PS3.
Although Samsung has already shipped a batch of players, there doesn't appear to be a stream of new units being shipped to stores, leading to questions about shortages already.
Sony has committed to shipping 2 million PS3s before Christmas hits, an incredibly ambitious target given the complexity and cost of manufacturing the machines.
Do you think the PS3 is now going to be the first readily available Blu-ray player we'll see? Will PC drives based on the format be not much more than a spectre in the meantime? And is HD-DVD making the most of the headstart it has? Let us know your thoughts over in the forums.