PlayStation 3 Available in November.

Citing issues finalizing the copyright protection technology and other standards for the Blu-ray DVD disc, Ken Kutaragi head Sony's video games division let the world know today that the PS3 will (finally) ship in November worldwide.

"I'd like to apologise for the delay," Kutaragi said at a Tokyo hotel. "I have been cautious because many people in various areas are banking on the potential of the next-generation DVD."

Blu-ray preparations were initially to have been completed by last September, but now won't be finalised until next month, he said.

Having said that, here's the lo-down on what was finally announced for the PS3, thanks to Kotaku for the info.PS3:

- 60GB HDD 2.5” with pre-installed Linux OS will be included?
- Dev kit specs fix as of today
- Final PS3 development kits will be sent to developers in June
- 10.000.000 BD-ROMS manufacturing capability per month @ cost around same as 2-layer DVD
- Every PS3 game will be on a Blu Ray Disc, in an attempt to prevent piracy
- Price will not be less than 50.000YEN (~$425USD)
- PS3 will have HDMI support from launch
- Sony plans to produce 1 million PS3s a month; 6 million PS3s for FY2006 (by the end of March 07)
- Basic online service free, no details yet (could be XBLS for PS3)
- Full backwards compatibility, hi-res and texture filtering for all titles (akin to what the Xbox 360 does to Halo)
- The online service will be working off of GameSpy technology

My take, start saving up you pennies if you haven't started already.

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