Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have scrapped their plans for this November's worldwide PlayStation 3 launch due to manufacturing difficulties, which will see European gamers forced to wait until next spring.

The announcement came just days after speculation had started to circulate across the internet that Sony were having difficulties in producing enough units, and the official statement has gone some way to confirming this by pinning blame on "the delay in the mass production schedule of the blue laser diode".

Japan and America will continue to get their previously announced release dates, with the machine arriving in Japan on November 11th and the USA some six days later, whilst British gamers will be made to wait patiently (or look towards eBay) for around four months until March 2007 when the machine will also launch in areas such as Russia, Middle East, Africa and Australasia.

The delayed launch is a massive blow to British gamers, who had been promised the simultaneous global launch for several months now, echoing the similar worldwide campaign which Microsoft managed to achieve (albeit with problems including mass shortages) last Christmas with their rival Xbox 360 format.

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