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Last Updated: Thursday January 25 2007 07:30 GMT

UK launch date for PS3 revealed

Sony's PlayStation 3

After months of waiting, UK gamers will finally be able to get their hands on a PlayStation 3 on 23 March 2007.

Sony announced it will release the bigger 60GB version of the console in Europe then - with the 20GB model to follow at a later date.

When the console went on sale in Japan and the US in November 2006, some fans queued for days and lots of places sold out in just a few hours.

The console, which lets you play other gamers online, will set you back 425.

Sony has said that one million of the consoles will be made available in Europe on the launch date, with around 250,000 going on sale in the UK.


Playstation 3 console
Playstation 3 console
The PlayStation 3 is one of a new generation of consoles, along with Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Nintendo's Wii, both of which are already on sale.

Its release was delayed after makers had a problem with producing enough parts for the machine's high-tech Blu-ray disc drives.

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