Having not let down enough fans in the U.S. and Japan, the PS3 is finally launching in Europe. After a 4 month delay, on March 23rd, more than 1 million units are supposed to be available for the PS3 launch, 250,000 of those going straight to the U.K. The system price will be 599 Euros or 425 British Pounds, with the 60GB version being the only one available at launch.
Initial manufacturing problems with the systems Blu-Ray diodes were cited for the console’s delay from its spring 2006 launch. In a recent statement to the BBC, Phil Harrison, director of Sony Computer Entertainment, said the reason for the European delay was because, “Sony felt it was better to delay in one market rather than risk failure in three markets and ending up disappointing everybody.” Hopefully the European launch will go a bit better, at least for the sake of the fans.
Though frustrating for European enthusiasts, the console will launch with over 30 titles. Instead of not wanting to buy anything except Resistance, you can now consider Oblvion – if you haven’t already played it, beat it and sold it to a friend – or Motorstorm – if you don’t want to download the demo and essentially play the full game for free. Hey, who knows, maybe more than one of the titles will be worth buying to you! However, I wouldn’t hold your breath.