The PlayStation 3 was first released in Japan on November 11, 2006, at 07:00.[9] According to Media Create, 81,639 PS3 systems were sold within 24 hours of its introduction in Japan.[31] Soon after its release in Japan, the PS3 was released in North America on November 17, 2006.[10] Reports of violence surrounded the release of the PS3. A customer was shot,[32] campers were robbed at gunpoint,[33] customers were shot in a drive-by shooting with BB guns,[34] and 60 campers fought over 10 systems.[35]
The console was originally planned for a global release through November, but at the start of September the release in Europe and the rest of the world was delayed until March.[36] With it being a somewhat last-minute delay, some companies had taken deposits for pre-orders, at which Sony informed customers that they were eligible for full refunds or could continue the pre-order.[37] On January 24, 2007, Sony announced that the PlayStation 3 would go on sale on March 23, 2007, in Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Africa and New Zealand.[11][12] The system sold about 600,000 units in its first two days.[38] On March 7, 2007, the 60 GB PlayStation 3 launched in Singapore with a price of S$799.[39] The console was launched in South Korea on June 16, 2007, as a single version equipped with an 80 GB hard drive and IPTV.[40]

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