Sony preps a PS3 party

Here are the details we've all been waiting for. Hardcore gamers eager to get their mitts on the first Euro PS3s will be able to join the throng at Vi

Here are the details we've all been waiting for. Hardcore gamers eager to get their mitts on the first Euro PS3s will be able to join the throng at Virgin’s Megastore on Oxford Street in London to snare a precious box on the stroke of midnight next Thursday.To avoid scenes of Thermos clasping die-hards snaking round the block, Virgin's turning the lower ground floor of the store into a queuing campsite from noon on Wednesday.The most dedicated will be rewarded with official PlayStation goodies while everyone can enjoy free entertainment, refreshments and 'surprise' events.Meanwhile spare a thought for poor coppers who'll have to look after hoards of fans carrying home expensive consoles at the dead of night.It's telling gamers not to carry cash, to pack a mobile and use unmarked bags. Or better still, pre-order and get your console delivered, mugging free.

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