PS3 March European Launch a Maybe, and Restricted Download in PS3 Browser

Phil_Harrison.jpgOver at the kinda-sorta official Sony blog Three Speech, they have some excerpts from an interview that UK’s official PlayStation magazine held with Phil Harrison, president of SCE Worldwide Studios.

In the interview, Mr. Harrison drops a few minor bombshells. First, when asking if the European launch of the PS3 would definitely take place in March of 2007, Harrison is quoted as saying…

“Given that all of our previous statements about launching in Europe simultaneously with the US and Japan turned out not to be the case, I would not like to make any definitive statements on that. It’s not my job to comment on hardware supply issues other than to say some very smart people are working very hard to catch up. In fact, the ramp up is already starting to happen in supply and output, just obviously too late for us to have launched in Europe at the same times as the US.”

The other piece of news that came out of this interview is that the PS3’s internet browser will not give individuals the ability to save anything to the hard drive. Players will be able to stream content from the internet, however the only downloading that will take place will be done through Sony’s online store. To me this is a bit odd, considering that the PS3 is running a version of Linux behind the scenes and it will come equipped with either a 20 or 60 gig hard drive. More than likely, this was done in order to ensure that Sony would be able to limit the homebrew community as well as be the gatekeepers for new content.

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