The PlayStation 3 was first released in Japan on November 11, 2006 at 07:00.
According to Media Create, 81,639 PS3 systems were sold within 24 hours of its
introduction in Japan.
Soon after its release in Japan, the PS3 was released in North America on
November 17, 2006. Reports of violence surrounding the release of the PS3
include a customer shot, campers robbed at gunpoint, customers shot in a
drive-by shooting with BB guns, and 60 campers fighting over 10 systems.
The console was originally planned for a global release through November,
but the European and rest-of-the-world's release was delayed "until March"
at the start of September. With it being a somewhat last-minute delay,
some companies had taken deposit-based pre-orders, to which Sony informed
customers that they were eligible for full refunds or could continue the
pre-order. On January 24, 2007, Sony announced that the PlayStation 3
would go on sale on March 23, 2007 in Europe, Australia, the Middle East,
Africa and New Zealand. The system sold about 600,000 units in its
first two days. On March 7, 2007, the 60 GB PlayStation 3 launched in
Singapore with a price of S$799. The console was launched in South Korea
on June 16, 2007 in a single version equipped with an 80 GB hard drive and IPTV
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