Honestly, if SE does release the PS3 version later then the PC version I believe it will be a big mistake on their part.
From day 1, they have been advertizing this from the PS3 standpoint and focusing less on the PC aspect. All of their major announcements have been at Sony newsconferences and they appeared to present FFXIV as a PS3 title that is also released on PC. With the PS3 version being delayed until 2011, they most likely will alienate some customers who were counting on playing it on their PS3 because they do not have the resources currently to upgrade or purchase a new PC. It's also important to remember a large portion of the FFXI userbase in japan still play FFXI on PS2 (some due to preference) and I would assume a decent percentage of these subscribers were expecting to play FFXIV on PS3.
What SE is doing by staggering the release days is giving those who have the ability to play on PC an unfair advantage when it comes to seeing everything first and being able to discover the new nuances of FFXIV. I believe this fact alone will turn off alot of those PS3 users from ever getting this game.
Uh, have you even been following alpha at all? This game has been coded, from the ground up, on the PC. You're merely *ASSUMING* that because FFXI was a terrible port from a PS2, that PS3 would end up being the mother platform and it isn't. At no point, at any time, did I hear about a statement where it was a primarily PS3 game. Sorry to burst your little daydream bubble, but this game has been built to work on the PC. It's being ported, via their Crystal Tools engine apparently, to the PS3 (and potentially 360 if they can iron out details). Considering the popularity of consoles versus PC in Japan, it wouldn't surprise me if they put more effort into a reverse "port" this time around, but the fact still remains.
If you want to vent at someone, vent at Sony for designing a console utterly horrendous to code for with no substantial results. This is ultimately what's causing the delay. Frankly, SE only cares about the now profits and not in the long-run, so they'll stagger the releases. If they were intelligent at all, they would have done a release at the same time.
Plus, this is SE we're talking about. The company that released FFXI, and after a few days of service took the game *OFFLINE* for nearly two months to fix server problems. This is the company that when their PlayOnline servers screwed up on launch and invalidated thousands of keys told their players that they'll simply have to purchase another copy of the game (Final Fantasy Chronicles disc debacle anyone?). This is the same company that prefers absolutely zero interaction with their own playerbase and simply assume that everything they put out into their games (read online) are implemented fine and dandy.
If this company actually gave a **** about long term profits, they would have straightened up earlier (and a **** of a lot more than they have done) in FFXI. Edited, Jun 30th 2010 3:43pm by StrijderVechter