It's all a bit of an anticlimax really. The March 23 date and £425 price point have been what people in the know have been saying for weeks, if not months, but now it's official. Also as expected, the 20GB model won't be available at launch, with Sony saying that it might arrive towards the end of the year, depending on demand. 1 million consoles will be available across Europe for the launch period, but no exact number for the UK has been released.

As for which games you'll be able to pick up with your new console, Sony claims that over 30 games will be on offer, although this is a mixture of retail and downloadable titles from the PlayStation Store. Titles confirmed for launch (note, that's not the same as day 1), include Sony's MotorStorm, Resistance and Formula One Championship Edition, plus games from Electronic Arts, Activision, Namco Bandai, Sega, Take 2, Ubisoft, Vivendi Games, and Sony Online Entertainment.

"Following the hugely successful launches of PS3 in Japan and North America, we are absolutely delighted to be able to bring significant numbers of PS3 to the UK," said Ray Maguire, SVP and MD of SCEUK. "To be able to launch with over 30 titles including retail versions and great downloadable gaming experiences across every genre shows that this is our strongest launch line-up in the history of PlayStation, and is what PlayStation fans in the UK have been crying out for."

PlayStation 3 software line-up for UK launch- Retail

  • Resistance: Fall of Man - SCEE
  • MotorStorm - SCEE
  • Genji: Days of the Blade - SCEE
  • FORMULA ONE CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION - SCEE
  • Ridge Racer 7 - SCEE
  • Call of Duty 3 - Activision
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance - Activision
  • Tony Hawk's Project 8 - Activision
  • Gundam - Target in Sight - Namco Bandai Games
  • Full Auto 2: Battle Lines - Sega Europe
  • Sonic the Hedgehog - Sega Europe
  • Virtua Fighter 5 - Sega Europe
  • Virtua Tennis 3 - Sega Europe
  • World Snooker Championship 2007 - Sega Europe
  • NBA 2K7 - Take 2
  • NHL 2K7 - Take 2
  • Blazing Angels Squadrons of WWll - Ubisoft
  • Enchanted Arms - Ubisoft
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent - Ubisoft
  • The Elder Scrolls lV: Oblivion - Ubisoft
  • Def Jam: Icon - Electronic Arts
  • Fight Night Round 3 - Electronic Arts
  • NBA Street 4 Homecourt 2007 - Electronic Arts
  • Need for Speed Carbon - Electronic Arts
  • The Godfather: The Don's Edition - Electronic Arts
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2007 - Electronic Arts
  • Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom - Electronic Arts
  • F.E.A.R. Vivendi Games

PlayStation 3 software line-up for UK launch - PlayStation Store (online)

  • Tekken: Dark Resurrection - SCEE
  • Lemmings - SCEE
  • Go! Sudoku - SCEE
  • Go! Puzzle - SCEE
  • Blast Factor - SCEE
  • flOw - SCEE
  • Super Rub'a'Dub - SCEE
  • Gripshift - Sony Online Entertainment

PlayStation 3 peripherals available at launch

  • SIXAXIS Wireless Controller - £34.99
  • Blu-ray Disc Remote Control - £17.99
  • HDMI Cable - £17.99
  • AV cable - £17.99
  • Component AV cable - £17.99
  • S Video cable - £12.99