Here is an exert from an email from my friend who
works for Sony i am not sure if this is old news
but it might enlighten some people, sorry for the spelling
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today announced that PlayStationÂ®3 will be launched in the PAL territories of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australasia on 23rd March 2007 at a price of â‚¬599 (GBP 425, AUD 999.95, NZ 1199.95).
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 PS3 units will be made available during the initial launch period.
SCEE also announced a stellar launch line-up of over 30 game titles for PS3, including eagerly awaited titles published by SCEE such as Resistance: Fall of Manâ„˘, MotorStormâ„˘, Genjiâ„˘: Days of the Blade, FORMULA ONE â„˘ CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION and Ridge Racerâ„˘ 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 PLAYSTATIONÂ®Network. These will include gaming icons such as TekkenÂ®: Dark Resurrection and Gran TurismoÂ® HD Concept; the fully-featured PS3 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 TurismoÂ® 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 PLAYSTATIONÂ®Network will be brainteasers such as Go! Sudoku and Go! Puzzle, and innovative games such as Blast Factorâ„˘ and flOwâ„˘, 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 PS3 will be issued.
Announcing the launch details, David Reeves, President of SCEE said, "Following the hugely successful launches of PS3 in Japan and North America , we are absolutely delighted to be able to bring significant numbers of PS3 to the SCEE territories. To be able to launch with over 30 titles across every genre shows that this is our strongest launch line-up in the history of PlayStation, and is what PlayStation fans in Europe have been crying out for."
PLAYSTATION 3 LAUNCH TITLE LINE-UP
PS3 Launch Title - Publisher - Network or Disc based
Resistance: Fall of Manâ„˘ - SCEE - Disc
MotorStormâ„˘ - SCEE - Disc
Genjiâ„˘: Days of the Blade - SCEE - Disc
FORMULA ONEâ„˘ CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION - SCEE - Disc
Ridge Racerâ„˘ 7 - SCEE - Disc
TekkenÂ®: Dark Resurrection - SCEE - Network
Lemmingsâ„˘ - SCEE - Network
Go! Sudoku - SCEE - Network
Go! Puzzle - SCEE - Network
Blast Factorâ„˘ - SCEE - Network
flOwâ„˘ - SCEE - Network
Super Rub'a'Dub - SCEE - Network
Call of Duty 3 - Activision UK Ltd - Disc
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance - Activision UK Ltd - Disc
Tony Hawks Project 8 - Activision UK Ltd - Disc
Gundam - Target in Sight - Namco Bandai Games - Disc
Full Autoâ„˘ 2: Battle Lines - SegaÂ®Europe Ltd - Disc
Sonic the Hedgehogâ„˘ - SegaÂ®Europe Ltd - Disc
Virtua Fighterâ„˘ 5 - SegaÂ® Europe Ltd - Disc
Virtua Tennisâ„˘ 3 - SegaÂ® Europe Ltd - Disc
World Snooker Championship 2007 - SegaÂ®Europe Ltd - Disc
NBA 2K7 - Take 2 International SA - Disc
NHL 2K7 - Take 2 International SA - Disc
Blazing Angels Squadrons of WWll - Ubisoft Entertainment SA - Disc
Enchanted Arms - Ubisoft Entertainment SA - Disc
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent - Ubisoft Entertainment SA - Disc
The Elder Scrolls lV: Oblivion - Ubisoft Entertainment SA - Disc
Def Jam: Icon - Electronic Arts Ltd - Disc
Fight Night Round 3 - Electronic Arts Ltd - Disc
NBA Street 4 Homecourt 2007 - Electronic Arts Ltd - Disc
Need for Speed Carbon - Electronic Arts Ltd - Disc
The Godfather: The Don's Edition - Electronic Arts Ltd - Disc
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2007 - Electronic Arts Ltd - Disc
Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom - Electronic Arts Ltd - Disc
F.E.A.R. - Vivendi Universal Games Intl SA - Disc
Gripshift - Sony Online Entertainment - Network
Source: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe