PS3 Launches

As you read this Japanese gamers will be ripping open their new PS3 console, putting on soft white gloves to avoid finger prints, and placing it next to their high definition TVs. Yes, that's right, being in the rest of the world sucks right now, because the PS3 has officially launched.

Gamespot has posted pictures of last nights escapades with queues of eager gamers hoping to snag one of the few PS3 consoles on sale. Gamespot wrote: "The first place GameSpot checked out was the Shinjuku Yodobashi Camera store, where back in 2004 Sony Computer Entertainment president Ken Kutaragi showed up to celebrate the official launch of Sony's first foray into the portable gaming market, the PlayStation Portable. Though one would expect to see a line of gamers forming as early as 4 or 5 p.m., security guards were constantly breaking up any groups of people, telling them that they were not allowed to loiter during business hours as it creates problems for neighboring stores. But as time passed into late evening, crowds nonetheless began to gather around the store, and by 8 p.m., the mass eventually grew to over 300 people. Approximately an hour later, Yodobashi staff began directing the crowds into an orderly line, and were expected to start giving out numbered tickets for rights to a PlayStation 3."

News source: Gamespot


"A similar scene was spotted at the Akihabara Yodobashi Camera store, but in a larger scale. At 9 p.m., the store was already teeming with more than 600 people. Although the store staff was not ordering people to create an orderly line, customers took the duty into their own hands and were already lined up around the block waiting for the store to open--the line was organized into orderly rows of two people side by side. Here, there were a considerable number of homeless people lining up as well. Most likely, they are being hired by scalpers to pick up PS3 units."

Check back throughout the weekend for initial reactions to the PS3 launch, and any reports of overheating, short supplies and dead consoles that plagued the 360 launch.

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I don't know about you guys, but I don't think it sucks to be in the rest of the world. I couldn't care less about that console, at least until FF XIII comes out for it.

I didn't get a chance to play the PS2 at Best Buy, but the re-designed L2 and R2 buttons should be perfect for racing games. The graphics on one of the RPG demos were OMFG! The NBA game another dude was playing looked pretty damned slick.

From what the sony rep at our store was telling us. Theres a bad rumor that 60% might be bad. Said they had a batch that was missing some diaodes.

wouldnt that in effect be stealing and thus an offence. There would be a verbal contract that would dictate the terms of the trade.

Check back throughout the weekend for initial reactions to the PS3 launch, and any reports of overheating, short supplies and dead consoles that plagued the 360 launch!!??!?!?, the 360 is still plagued by dead conoles and over heating ones!, just less than 2hours ago(4.20pm uk time), in my local branch of woolworths i witnessed 3 ****ed off families bringing back their newly bought 360's, i only heard what two of them had said, 1, the smell and the grinding noise then a mini bang from within, the 2nd family ...just said there was nothing - no picture no sound just a faint whiring sound.....
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