PlayStation 3 launches in JapanSony games console finally debuts

10 November 2006

Sony's much delayed PlayStation 3 (PS3) finally goes on sale in Japan tomorrow ahead of a UK launch in the spring.

The launch of the games console has been plagued by production problems and the electronics giant has supplied only 100,000 PS3 machines for the Japanese debut.

It is due to go on sale in the United States on 17th November but shortages of key components, such the Blu-Ray DVD drive, has meant that the sales date has been pushed back in Europe until March.

The PS3 uses Blu-ray discs - a high-definition replacement for DVDs – and the console delivers nearly movie-like graphics and a sense of reality in gaming.

Delayed launch

The more expensive model, with a 60-gigabyte hard drive, costs about 60,000 yen (£270) or 600 dollars (£315) in the US.

The machine was initially promised for worldwide sales for spring this year but was postponed to November.The European sales date was then delayed by another four months.

Sony says it has ambitious plans to ship 6 million PS3 machines worldwide by the end of March next year.