Officials from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) have moved to quash rumors spreading across the Internet that the launch of the PlayStation 3 in Europe is to be delayed beyond March 2007.
Rumors apparently stemming from UK consumer website CVG
, citing unnamed sources close to the company, had suggested that the launch could be delayed until April or even to as far back as September.
In fact, speculation on the launch, which has never been given a specific release date, has been rife since comments from Sony’s Phil Harrison
appeared to put a March launch in question.
When asked if the PlayStation 3 would definitely be out in March, he answered, “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.”
CVG, though, quotes a SCEE spokesperson as saying that “We’re 100 percent on track for a March release.” This statement is unlikely to quell the rampant speculation though, especially following the revelation that the North American launch received significantly less stock than was expected
, which would undoubtedly make any subsequent launch in Europe more difficult.