So the first of Sony’s three major PS3 launch dates (11 November) has come and gone and according to reaction from Japan – it’s most friendly of territories – all things went swimmingly with stock selling out in minutes.
Of course this is Sony’s reaction to the day and since there were only 100,000 units released to a country with a population boarding on 130 million it would be reasonable to expect such a response.
That said press feedback from the Far East has been generally favourable sighting the console’s strong build quality, quiet operation and stylish interface. All kinds of nutters fanboys have also taken it upon themselves to post videos of everything from gameplay montages and unboxing to disassembly and even modding.
The official US launch follows this Friday (17 November) where we can no doubt expect similarly enthusiastic sales (with greater supply?) though industry reaction could be a little less hyperbolic.
All of which makes we Europeans, Russians, Africans and Australasians feel rather like naughty little children since we won’t be visited by Sony-Santa this Christmas. Still, there’s always the Xbox 360 HD DVD drive… ;)
Update: The first PS3 official patch (v1.10) is out which primarily fixes the rather large bug discovered in v1.0: no access to the PlayStation Network... opps! Also included are increased screensaver options, PS store access and online manuals. Grab the Japan and US versions (via memory card obviously) here and here respectively.