Tech's New Headache: Feature Creep

Sony's PlayStation 3 and other hot items are experiencing major delays. Should companies keep stalling releases while they develop new features?

When Sony's (SNE) video games chief, Ken Kutaragi, announced in mid-March that the company's new PlayStation 3 console would be delayed, he offered what seemed a good excuse. Sony had risked far too much time and money to settle for anything but the top-of-the-line technology, he said. The main holdups were a copyright protection mechanism for the PS3's high-definition DVD player, and extra features that had been stuffed into the box. Who could blame him for making sure the console wouldn't be outdated the moment it arrived on store shelves?

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