Reuters: Japan’s Sony will launch the high-end version of its PlayStation 3 (PS3) game console in Europe on March 23, but it said on Thursday it has no plan at the moment to offer the basic model there.
Last September, Sony delayed the European launch of the PS3, Sony’s most important strategic product this business year, to March from November due to a production glitch, missing the critical year-end shopping season in one of its key markets.
“We will focus on the launch of the one with a 60 gigabyte (GB) drive and have no plan now to introduce the 20 gigabyte model,” Sony Computer Entertainment spokesman Satoshi Fukuoka said. (…)
The electronics and entertainment conglomerate started selling both the high-end, 60 GB hard-disk drive model and the basic 20 GB model in Japan and North America last November. The high-end machine is already outselling the 20 GB console, whose storage capacity can be used up quickly with games featuring high-definition graphics, so Sony’s decision to concentrate on the 60 GB model is a natural move, analysts said.
It will sell for 599 euros, and will also become available in Africa, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand on March 23. (…)