Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) was able to reveal some new
information on the highly anticipated PlayStation 3 at a recent analyst
meeting. SCEA reports that final assembly of the console will start by month's
end. The company has already stated that it will have 500,000 units ready
for the November 11/17 Japan/US launch with each country getting 100,000 and 400,000
units respectively. European countries will being receiving their shipments in March 2007 once
production is stabilized.
SCEA was also able to provide additional details on the product
mix when the consoles finally arrive this November. US Retailers will receive
an 80%/20% split of premium/core
systems. As a refresher, the premium system features a 60GB hard drive,
HDMI support, multi-card reader and will retail for $599. The core system
features a smaller 20GB hard drive and does without HDMI or a card reader and
retails for $499.
Sony is also expected to provide more details on its online
service for the PS3 at the Tokyo Game Show later this month. Details have been
scarce up to this point with Sony only commenting that online multiplayer
would be free for everyone as opposed to Microsoft charging customers $50 a
year for an XBOX Live Gold
subscription to do the same.