Sony Won't Confirm European PS3 Launch
Given the chance to confirm a March 2007 PS3 launch in Europe, president of SCE Worldwide Studios, Phil Harrison, has declined the opportunity.
In an interview with the UK's official PlayStation magazine, Harrison said-
"Given that all of our previous statements about launching in Europe simultaneously with the US and Japan turned out not to be the case, I would not like to make any definitive statements on that. It's not my job to comment on hardware supply issues other than to say some very smart people are working very hard to catch up. In fact, the ramp up is already starting to happen in supply and output, just obviously too late for us to have launched in Europe at the same times as the US."
As for the PS3 launch titles, Harrison said he was "delighted" with the first batch of titles. "We're launching with a stronger line-up of first-party titles than we had with the launches of PS1, PS2 and PSP," said Harrison. "The difference this time is that more have come out of Sony's Worldwide Studios than before. Bearing in mind that we launched PS2 with Fantavision as a first party title - great game though it is - it's by no means the game on which you would rest an entire format. But look as PS3 launching in America with Resistance, Genji, NBA in full HD and Motortorm. Plus an F1 demo available day one as a download and retail games coming out very shortly after the launch. That's a pretty compelling line-up."
On the negative side, however, would-be PS3 owners might be disappointed to learn that the built-in browser won't allow users to download content from every website...downloads are only possible through Sony's online store. To elaborate, Harrison stated-
"Although it's built on the same technology as the open internet browser, it's a special version. That's completely understandable from a DRM point of view. But some streaming sites, such as music on MySpace, will work."
11/10/2006 Ben Dutka