PlayStation 3's Europe Launch Date and Prices Revealed

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe says that PlayStation 3 will be shipping in the PAL territories of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australasia on 23rd March 2007 at a price of EUR599. Responding to retail and consumer demand, SCEE confirmed that initially only the 60GB model would be available, with the 20GB model to follow later in the year dependent on demand. An expected one million PlayStation 3 units will be made available during the initial launch period.

Sony also announces a stellar launch line-up of over 30 game titles for PlayStation 3, including such titles published by Sony as Resistance: Fall of Man, MotorStorm, Genji: Days of the Blade, Formula One Championship Edition and Ridge Racer 7. An exceptional Range of titles in every genre will also be available at launch from the world's leading third party publishers, including Electronic Arts, Activision, Namco Bandai, Sega, Take 2, Ubisoft, Vivendi Universal, and Sony Online Entertainment.

In addition to games on disc, an exciting range of fully-featured downloadable games will debut on the PlayStation Network. These will include gaming icons such as Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection and Gran Turismo HD Concept; the fully-featured PlayStation 3 debut of the best-selling franchise Gran Turismo, realised with full HD (1080p) visual quality. Created by Polyphony Digital Inc and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, Gran Turismo HD Concept has been downloaded by more than 350,000 users since it was released in December 2006 in North America and Japan.

Also available on the PlayStation Network will be brainteasers such as Go! Sudoku and Go! Puzzle, and innovative games such as Blast Factor and flOw, designed exclusively for PlayStation 3 and delivering on the promise to provide original content created by non-traditional developers and publishers. Concurrent with the European launch, a new System Update to further enhance the entertainment potential of PlayStation 3 will be issued.

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