May 21, 2007 - Sony Korea announced today final details on the upcoming PS3 launch in South Korea. The system will be available in one package on 6/16, at a price of 518,000 won ($554).
Catching our attention more than the date and price, however, was the configuration of the system. The Korean model PS3 will ship with a 80 gig hard disk as standard. This is 20 gigs higher than the current high end system that's available in Europe, North America and Japan.
The kimchee isn't all fresh, though. Sony confirmed that the Korean model PS3 will be based on the new chipset that launched with European version of the system. That means no Emotion Engine, and presumably shakier backwards compatibility when compared to the US and Japan, whose systems still include the PS2 chipset in full.
As it did in Europe recently, Sony is giving the PS3 a big launch lineup for the Korean launch. Early adopters will be able to chose from 15 titles: Ridge Racer 7, Resistance, Genji, Motorstorm, Virtua fighter 5, Armored Core 4, Untold Legends Dark Kingdom, Blazing Angels, Gundam: Target in Sight, The Godfather, Def Jam Icon, Need for Speed Carbon, Fight Night, Call of Duty 3, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance. These games are already available in other territories.
Sony will also have PlayStation Store content available from day one. Currently, videos of Lair and Warhawk are confirmed for launch day, along with a playable demo of Resistance. Games like Blast Factor, flOw, Super Rub a Dub are listed by the publisher as TBA.
Details on a possible launch in nearby North Korean were not announced today.