Sony released the PlayStation 3 a year later than the Xbox 360 because of a five-cent part

The PlayStation 3 reached the Japanese market on November 11, 2006, just as the Xbox 360 turned one year old. Microsoft has overtaken Sony by starting

the seventh generation was earlier, but history could have gone a different way if not for one five-cent part.

What is known

IGN conducted an interview with the general managerGoogle by Phil Harrison, who, before working on Stadia, managed to participate in the development of the PlayStation 3. Harrison said that Sony initially planned to release its third console earlier, closer to the release of the Xbox 360, but one detail got in the way - a laser diode.

PlayStation 3 was released with a built-in Blu-ray drive. Then Sony switched to blue diodes, which were simply not enough for large-scale production of the console.

"The thing that really slowed downiron production, a small component became a laser diode on a Blu-ray drive. Yes, it costs something like five cents. In this particular case, the transition from a red laser to a blue laser was a very important change in the operation of the optical laser,” Harrison said.

Despite the late release, the PlayStation 3 was able toovertake the Xbox 360 in sales. As of 2017, Sony sold 87.4 million consoles, while Microsoft sold 86 million. At the same time, both consoles were dominated by Nintendo, which sold 101 million Wii consoles.

Phil Harrison doesn't often shine at presentations,But he has 15 years as an executive producer at Sony and three years at Microsoft. At Sony Computer Entertainment of America, he was responsible for collaboration with third-party studios, and at Microsoft, he helped with the promotion of exclusive games. Since January 2018, Harrison has been working on Google Stadia in the role of product manager.

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