CA Video Game Expo PS3 Debut


Culver City, CA -- Sony Corp. will launch its new PlayStation 3 console in November, in two versions aimed at keeping the company's dominance in gaming.

The PS3 will launch Nov. 11 in Japan and seven days later in the United States and Europe, Sony officials said Monday night at a news conference.

There will be two versions: one sporting a 20 gigabyte hard drive for $499 and another with a 60 gigabyte drive for $100 more. Officials said they would have 4 million units ready by the end of 2006 and another 6 million by March 31, 2007.

Earlier this year, Sony delayed the system's release from the spring until the fall.

Most of the more than two-hour meeting was spent showing off new PS3 games, including a demonstration high-definition version of the racing game ``Grand Turismo'' and the sword fighting action game ``Heavenly Sword.''

The starting price of the PS3 is still $100 more than the current top-of-the-line Xbox 360.

But Sony executives touted what they claim are competitive advantages, such as the PS3's speedy ``Cell'' processor, the console's Blu-ray disk format for high-definition video and an online network that will include video chat and micropayments.

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