PS3 import tomfoolery

Sony has announced that it will use ‘the full scope of the law’ to stop retailers importing PS3s into Europe from Japan and the US. The P

Sony has announced that it will use ‘the full scope of the law’ to stop retailers importing PS3s into Europe from Japan and the US. The PS3 is scheduled for launch in Japan on 11th November and in the US on 17th November. Europe won’t get a sniff of PS3 until next March at the earliest. It all seems a bit unfair, so why not import PS3s from abroad, so gamers can get their PS3 fix a little early? Breakin' the law Apparently to protect consumers from machines that may comply with strict EU and UK standards. However, the lack of a kite mark is unlikely to phase someone who’s just soldered together his own step-down transformer just to play some hi-def PS3 titles he’d normally have to wait five months for. Sony also makes the point that import machines won’t be covered by a warranty. Ditto. So it seems regional releases are back, which can only be a bad thing for Europe, the second-biggest games market in the world. The fact that it won’t play EU DVDs or Blu-ray discs probably won’t put many people off, either, since they’ll be cheaper elsewhere anyway. Roll on March.