Sony responds to c|net's Memory Stick article|
(Friday, December 13, 2002 - 18:32 EST)
We told readers earlier today about an article from the c|net website claiming that Sony would shortly be releasing a new Memory Stick format with higher capacities and faster performance.
The article suggested that the new format would be incompatible with some existing products, and noted that it was unclear what options would be available to current Memory Stick users to upgrade their products to be compatible with the format. c|net claimed to have spoken to Sony representatives who told them that an announcement was planned for some time that was "weeks away", giving the article an air of credibility since the rumor was not denied.
We have now spoken to Sony, who have given us a statement on the matter. Sony's response to the article is as follows:
"The information presented on CNET News.com regarding new Memory Stick Pro media has several inaccuracies which seem based on rumors and conjecture. We urge you and your readers to wait for the official Sony press release."
We know that Sony will be present at CES 2003, and has several press conferences scheduled - including one on Thursday, January 9th 2003 for its Memory Stick technology. We would expect that more will become clear at that time; in the meantime we'd ask readers to take the c|net article and the many rumors it has spurred around the Internet and in discussion forums with a grain of salt. An announcement is obviously in the works, but at least some of the information given by c|net has now been publicly stated to be inaccurate by Sony.