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Sony Confirms WorldWide PS3 Launch In November 2006

by Rainier on March 15, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m. PST

At its PlayStation business briefing in Tokyo Sony's Ken Kutaragi confirmed that the PlayStation 3 is coming in November 2006, plans for a worldwide launch with an initial availability of 6 million units, and an additional million units each month thereafter. Taking aim at Microsoft's Xbox Live, Sony plans for a similar online service (including lobby, voicechat etc.) with the basic formula being free. All PS2 and PSOne titles will be compatible and playable in HD. A price estimate for the console, or its titles, was not disclosed.

PS3 incorporates the final specifications of BD (Blu-ray Disc), and with the overwhelming computing power of PS3, it enables to playback BD software at a high bit rate. With a maximum storage capacity of 50 GB (dual layer) and robust security, BD is a highly anticipated storage medium that delivers digital entertainment content such as games and movies at an unparalleled level of image quality.

PS3 is compatible with a vast lineup of television sets currently out in the market, from standard-definition TV to full high-definition TV.

Users can also connect PS3 to high-speed broadband network through Gigabit Ethernet and comfortably enjoy a wide-range of rich and exciting content and services over the network.

SCEI, together with the support and cooperation of game content creators around the world, will strongly promote the creation of a new world of computer entertainment available on PS3.

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