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PS3 Launches Stateside. Costs Sony A Fortune.

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Four days ago Japan got its hands on Sony’s troubled yet much anticipated PlayStation 3 and today it is the Yanks’ turn.

Once again supplies were extremely limited and with fanboys queuing up to three days in advance of the launch consoles again sold out within minutes.

In fact, frustrations grew so large for disappointed punters that spates of violence erupted outside some stores with reports of fists thrown outside a Best Buy in Michigan, a Walmart store forced to close in Southern California, police being called to an outlet in New York, a spate of muggings, shots fired in (where else) Texas and gunman robbing a California store of its PS3 stock. I don’t remember reports like this in Japan…

As for American press reaction to the PS3 – as predicted – it hasn’t been quite as all exultant as the ever loyal Japanese but reviews have been favourable with most stating it is worth the high price ($600) considering the raw horsepower on tap and the Blu-ray drive. That said issues have already come to head after it was discovered the console doesn’t upscale DVD content to HD and there are issues running many PSOne/PS2 games. Furthermore it is widely accepted that the console lacks a killer launch title.

Still since it has been reported that Sony is losing $241.35 on every ‘premium’ PS3 sold and an even more massive $306.85 on the 20GB version perhaps we can finally cut the company a break... then forget it when we remember our four month wait.

Update: And now someone's been shot in Indiana... words fail me.

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