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Sony Japan considering summer shutdown

But will the NGP launch be affected?

Sony is considering shutting down some of its offices in Japan this summer, in a move to conserve energy amid ongoing power shortages in the country.

Last week Japan's government set energy-saving targets, asking manufacturers to reduce consumption accordingly.


Sony is looking to do its part by bringing forward various national holidays, giving its workers two weeks off during the summer when demand for electricity typically peaks. Staff will then make up time later in the year, the BBC reports.

"We are looking to provide two weeks of holidays to workers to alleviate the electricity consumption," Sony's George Boyd told the BBC. "We are likely to bring the work hours forward to cut electricity usage on a day-to-day basis as well."

Several Japanese game companies, including Square Enix and Konami, have already moved to save power following the recent earthquake disaster.

However, as the shortage looks set to continue for months, concerns are growing over whether Sony will be able to meet its planned NGP launch this year.

SCEA boss Jack Tretton said earlier this month the disruption brought by the earthquake might delay the handheld's release, only for a Sony spokesperson to insist the company sees "no impact from the quake on our launch plan".

[ SOURCE: Edge-Online ]