PS3 gets price and launch date

Sony bigwig Kaz Hirai has announced that the PS3 will go on sale in Europe on 17th November, and revealed more about its price and controller.The rele

Sony bigwig Kaz Hirai has announced that the PS3 will go on sale in Europe on 17th November, and revealed more about its price and controller.

The release date is scheduled to be a week after its Japanese debut, and is the same as the US launch.

There’ll also be two versions of the console: one with a 20GB hard-drive going for $500 (£270), and a 60GB model that will ship for a not inconsiderable $600 (£325).

Sony’s clearly hoping that the incorporation of Blu-Ray – which is the reason why it’s been delayed from the original Spring launch – will persuade people to stump up $100 more than the most expensive Xbox 360.

There was also surprising news about the replacement for its ‘boomerang’ controller. Instead, the PS3 will come with a gyroscopic affair which senses movement, which sounds remarkably similar to the Wii’s wand. It looks like Nintendo isn’t so left-field after all.

Sony’s also promised to avoid the supply problems that dogged the Xbox 360’s launch too – 2 million units will be available for the worldwide launch, with another 2 million to follow by the end of the year. That should mean a reduction in the number of disappointed kids and adults peering into their stockings come Christmas time.