Late PS3 launch isn't all doom and gloom

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Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of tech, and though I hear jilted UK PS3 fans wailing and gnashing on all sides, I fear not the delay of the PS3. Indeed, there's a prominent bounce in my step…and here's why.

Not for us, firmware version 1.01. The shiny PS3 you unwrap in March will have missed four months of bug-discovery, firmware updates and patches, boldly undertaken by our alpha-testing Japanese and American cousins. If the PSP is anything to go by, some new functionality will have uncovered too.

Not for us, feeble launch games lineup. By March, development studios will be dropping hot PS3 games on the market like cluster bombs. We'll spend the intervening months watching our bundle purchase decision getting harder and harder to make.

Not for us, the rushed-to-market third-party peripherals. You know, that bargain extra wireless controller with the 'turbo' button that makes your console crash, and the analogue sticks with a ten-hour spring life. (We've all been there…) We'll have a full catalogue of peripherals from established manufacturers that, once again, will have been rocked and rated by our foreign test team.

So, far from being impatient at the delayed Euro PS3, I'm going to enjoy the time between here and March. And, by that time, I'll have paid off the credit card bill for my Nintendo Wii. Maybe even completed Zelda: Twilight Princess.

Thank you, Sony. You couldn't have timed it better.