Sony delay Euro PS3 launch

Sony have announced that the long-awaited PlayStation 3 has slipped to a March 2007 release date in Europe, missing the hugely important Christmas release window.

The PS3 boasts a Blu-Ray drive at it's core and we were expecting the console's launch to be a cornerstone of Sony's Blu-Ray release plans for Europe. This latest announcement will be a massive knock to Blu-Ray's already shaky prospects and the PS3 is now far more unlikely to make an impact when it ships next year, especially with a prohibitive expected price tag of £500.

Parts shortages, a delay in going into production and problems with producing enough Blu-Ray drives are all cited as reasons for the delay. The US and Japan releases are expected to go ahead as planned before Christmas with the European allocation being diverted to these territories to meet demand.

European gamers are left with the option of either Microsoft's X-Box 360 which is already on the market or Nintendo's curiously named Wii which is expected to appear in the next few months at a sub-£200 price tag.

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