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European PS3 Launch Date and Lineup Confirmed

by Rainier on Jan. 24, 2007 @ 5:08 p.m. PST

SCEE announced that the PS3 will launch in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australasia on 23rd March 2007 at a price of EURO 599. Initially only the 60GB model will be available, and the 20GB model to follow later in the year dependent on demand. One million 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 Man, MotorStorm, Genji: Days of the Blade, Formula One Championship Edition and Ridge Racer 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 PLAYSTATION Network. These will include gaming icons such as Tekken: Dark Resurrection and Gran Turismo 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 Turismo 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 PLAYSTATION Network will be brainteasers such as Go! Sudoku and Go! Puzzle, and innovative games such as Blast Factor and flOw, 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."

PS3 LAUNCH TITLE LINE-UP

  • Resistance: Fall of Man - SCEE - Disc
  • MotorStorm - SCEE - Disc
  • Genji: Days of the Blade - SCEE - Disc
  • FORMULA ONE CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION - SCEE - Disc
  • Ridge Racer 7 - SCEE - Disc
  • Tekken: Dark Resurrection - SCEE - Network
  • Lemmings - SCEE - Network
  • Go! Sudoku - SCEE - Network
  • Go! Puzzle - SCEE - Network
  • Blast Factor - SCEE - Network
  • flOw - 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 Auto 2: Battle Lines - SegaEurope Ltd - Disc
  • Sonic the Hedgehog - SegaEurope Ltd - Disc
  • Virtua Fighter 5 - SegaEurope Ltd - Disc
  • Virtua Tennis 3 - SegaEurope Ltd - Disc
  • World Snooker Championship 2007 - SegaEurope 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

PS3 Peripherals Available at Launch Peripheral

  • SIXAXIS Wireless Controller - EURO 49.99
  • Blu-ray Disc Remote Control - EURO 24.99
  • HDMI Cable - EURO 24.99
  • AV cable - EURO 16.99
  • Component AV cable - EURO 24.99
  • S Video cable - EURO 16.99

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