As Sony Computer Entertainment America is starting to reveal more details about the impending release of the PlayStation 3 console, Europeans are getting hit with ads for a promised console that’s no longer coming when expected.
Sony intends to have about a half million PS3s ready for the Nov. 11/17 Japan/U.S. launches. Japan will get 100,000 of the ready consoles while the U.S. will get the remaining. The European launch, which was supposed to be during that timeframe, has been pushed to sometime in March.
The consoles that will ship to the U.S. will have an 80/20 split of premium versus core systems. The premium console comes with a 60GB hard drive, HDMI support, a multi-card reader and more for $600. The scaled down console with a 20GB hard drive will sell for $500.
More information is expected to release during the Tokyo Game Show later this month.
In the meantime, the folks over at Pro-G have noticed some big ads featuring the PS3 logo around the grounds for the Champions League matches for Chelsea, Liverpool and Barcelona. They’re questioning whether this is just advanced hype for the now-delayed launch or a forgotten campaign that should have been removed.
What’s interesting about the Pro-G piece is the sentiment. “The advertising will seem like a stab in the heart to all European gamers.”
Will Sony ever get its act together?