Hordes of delirious gamers filed into stores across the US at midnight last night to pick up their shiny PS3s, but line-cutters, supply issues and a shrinking games catalogue have cast a shadow over the console’s big day.The general mood has been festive, but things inevitably turned ugly in places. Fights erupted in a rain-soaked New York following line-cutting, and three campers were shot with BB bullets by jealous hoodlums in a Kentucky drive-by.PS3 shortages haven’t helped. Sony isn’t commenting on figures yet, but an analyst from US firm Lazard Capital Markets is claiming that today’s shipment is only 200,000 units – more than twice the number Japan shifted last weekend, but only half the number Sony had earlier predicted.This has left superstores like Best Buy unable to fufill their pre-orders and, according to reports, reduced to offering discounted Xbox 360s to soothe customers’ disappointment.To rub it in, three games from the original launch line-up – NBA 07, Sonic the Hedgehog and Full Auto 2: Battlelines – have either been cancelled or delayed until the new year.This hasn’t put hardcore gamers off – the 60GB PS3’s price on eBay ballooned to the $2000 (£1060) mark today, with the website restricting sellers to listing one console per account and banning shipments to Europe.Still, Sony has got some good news for us – a spokesperson has confirmed that, contrary to rumours, the PS3 is on track for a March 2007 launch in Europe. It’s a vague promise, but we’ll take it.
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