Sir Howard Stringer Spills Guts on PS3

This guy looks happy doesn't he? That's because he doesn't have to wait to find out exactly when we'll see the PS3. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Sony's dandy CEO Howard Stringer (that's sir to you) mentions that the next generation PlayStation console will be ready for the U.S. for the holiday season of 2006. In the meantime, Sony has some video surprises to tide us over — and steal attention from the Xbox 360.

In a demonstration of the swift collaborative response to consumer-driven marketplace changes that a revitalized Sony can deliver, the company soon will unveil a line of compact, portable video devices to fill the time gap before PlayStation 3 launches in Japan in March and in the U.S. a year from now.
Sounds like these video units will use memory sticks, and this could be the answer to that riddle about a PSP2 that is supposedly coming out for the holidays.

As for whether there will be a hard drive in the PS3, Stringer had this to say:

PS3 will be bundled with a selection of preloaded films, TV programs and games and sell for between $300-$400.
Obviously, the word to look at here is "preloaded" which makes one believe there would have to be something to load those things onto.

Sony PS3: a 2006 holiday launch likely [Arstecnica]