So According to alot of sites, back in July Asustek had started to produce and ship PS3 units to Sony so that they would have enough units come time to sell them to clients in November... (See: Xbit Labs, Gaming Horizon, i4u, Forbes )
But apparently this was a bit premature and well... FALSE. According to the big cheese over at Sony (Kaz Hirai) when he did an interview with GameSpot this week, he mentions that the PS3 hasnt entered the manufacturing phase to date.
GS: So is the PS3 already being manufactured?
KH: We haven't started manufacturing yet. Some of our ops guys were actually just in China, and also in Japan just reviewing the [production] lines and everything else. But they are, again, preparing as we speak to get the manufacturing going. We've not announced and we haven't set really a specific date to say, "As of this day we're going to start manufacturing."
So lets's just clear something up here, it's 3 months to launch and NO PRODUCTION HAS BEGUN??? Am i the only one that finds this odd? Or am i greatly misunderstanding something here?