PlayStation 3 will be released worldwide in early November, it will be 100% backwards compatible with PS2 and PSone games and will feature an online service. That's the big, straight-from-the-horse's-mouth news to emerge from a PlayStation briefing in Tokyo today.
Sony Computer Entertainment head honcho Ken Kutaragi also stated that PS3 will require a 60GB hard disk drive. He did not state whether the storage device will come bundled with the console, but a US Sony rep has confirmed to GamesRadar's companion magazine PSM that it will, at least in the US.
Above: PS3 will see a worldwide release in November - let the pre-order pandemonium begin!
As previously outlined by Sony, high-definition gaming is fully supported, with HDMI inputs to allow connection to HDTVs, while all PS3 titles will come on the new, high-definition Blu-ray Disc format. PSone and PS2 titles will also be displayed at high-definition resolutions.
For its online service, Sony revealed only a few details, namely that it would feature lobby matchmaking and voice chat, as well as offering downloadable content. It did announce, however, that its basic service would be free of charge.
In terms of availability, Sony plans to supply one million PS3 units per month from the November launch, with six million machines promised by March 2007. No announcement has yet been made as to how much the console and games will actually cost.
For more details, check out our feature story on the announcements or our profile of the PS3's hardware.
March 15, 2006