We got tired of playing ‘guess the launch date’ with the PS3 a long time ago, but some morsels of news are finally emerging – a big US retailer has set a pre-release date of 1st October for several of the machine’s games.
Using our international console launch translator, this strongly points to a UK launch a month later in November. It also dismisses Sony’s now laughable noises about a spring launch, which is now looking less likely than a special edition George Galloway iPod.
In all, Gamestop has listed 32 games, nearly all of which have the 1st October launch and a $60 (£35) price tag. The launch titles include eye-watering prospects such as Vision Gran Turismo, The Getaway 3, Tekken and Devil May Cry 4. One of the real flagship games, Metal Gear Solid 4, has been pencilled in for a December US release and – working on our assumptions - could miss Christmas over here.
They may seem like tenuous morsels to go on, but the timescale fits in with what we’ve suspected since Christmas – that Sony will use the E3 show in May to make an official announcement and gazump the Nintendo Revolution’s launch party, release the PS3 in Japan shortly afterwards, and give it a UK bow a month after a US autumn release.
Sony, of course, is keeping schtum on dates and seems to be practising a ruthless anti-leaks policy. A Sony Online Entertainment designer was recently fired for comparing the console to the Xbox 360, and reveals his incredulity at the decision in an interview with website PS3Week here.
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