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European PS3 Launch Delayed!

Bad news for all you Europeans out there! Sony has delayed the launch of the PS3 in all PAL territories. Here is the press release:

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Announces New March 2007 date for European Launch of PLAYSTATION 3. No change in launch date for Japan and North America

London, Wednesday 6 September 2006 – Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced that it would revise the launch date of its PLAYSTATION® 3 computer entertainment system in the PAL territories of Europe, Russia, Middle East, Africa and Australasia from 17th November 2006, as previously announced to March 2007.

Launch dates for Japan and North America will remain the same, which are November 11th and November 17th respectively.

The revision of the launch date in the SCEE territories is caused by the delay in the mass production schedule of the blue laser diode within the Sony Group, thus affecting the timely procurement of key components to be utilised in PLAYSTATION 3.

The previously announced PLAYSTATION 3 shipment forecast of 6 million units globally within the fiscal year ending 2007 is not changed.

So, there’s a new March 2007 launch date for PAL territories. That’s a five month delay. While there have been a lot of rumours floating around about the blue laser diode thing, they were just that – rumours. Until now. I guess some rumours turn out to be true. I know two people especially who will be really ticked… 🙁

Thanks to Andreas for sending this in.

New March 2007 Launch Date for the PS3