UK preorders start for PS3

Although the launch date is still uncertain, one Brit retailer is offering gamers a chance to reserve a unit.

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Department store and online retailer Littlewoods has started taking preorders for Sony's PlayStation 3 console on its Web site. Customers can choose from a variety of bundles, all for the 60GB PlayStation 3, starting at £549 (approx. $1,086) for a PS3 and the Motorstorm game.

Other bundles include a £609 ($1,204) bundle that matches the console and two games--Resistance: Fall of Man and Call of Duty 3. The most expensive bundle is going for £699 ($1,383) and includes four games--Genji: Days of the Blade, Motorstorm, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Tony Hawk's Project 8.

Extra controllers can be bought for £39 ($77). Twelve games are listed, and can be bought for £55 ($108) each. Other game titles include Singstar, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas, and Pimp My Ride. The Web site promises delivery "within 17 weeks."

The store is also offering preorders for the Nintendo Wii--due to be released in Europe on December 7--although the delivery time for the consoles could be up to nine weeks.

When asked if it was going to start preorders, a Woolworths rep told GameSpot, "It is too early to take PS3 preorders. It is vitally important to have visibility of stock levels before taking customer orders to avoid disappointing any customers." A spokesperson from Argos said, "All I can tell you is that we will be [offering preorders] in the near future but the date has yet to be finalised." And one retailer who requested anonymity said of the Littlewoods preorders, "Are they mad?"

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