Japan, North America and Europe will all see a simultaneous worldwide launch of the PlayStation 3 console in early November 2006, according to an announcement made by Sony Computer Entertainment in Tokyo today.

PlayStation 3

Some one million PS3's will be produced each month, each of which will be capable of using 50GB-capacity Blu-ray discs, which Sony is claiming will allow "digital entertainment content such as games and movies at an unparalleled level of image quality", and will also make the jump to providing an HDTV output much like Microsoft's Xbox 360.

As had been previously announced Gigabit Ethernet will feature as a connectivity option for the console, although with home broadband connections being considerably slower than this, the true potential might not be seen by the vast majority of users - at least, not for a few more years.

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