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Sony has confirmed that Europe will indeed see the PlayStation 2 later than originally scheduled.

Europeans eager to get their hands on the console will now have to wait the best part of a month for one, now the release date has been put back to 24 November from 26 October. That's a week further back than sources yesterday claimed the console's European debut had been rescheduled to.

Sony's reason for the change: "This revised launch date allows us to provide increased quantities to retail [from] day one," according to Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's president, Chris Deering.

The move from the earlier release date - which would make for a simultaneous launch in the US and Europe - also allows Sony to focus on the US market while ramping up production for territories this side of the Pond. Traditionally, US and European roll-outs have been separate, so users shouldn't be too put out by the delay - which also gives them a chance to get potentially faster NTSC versions on import before their chums pick up official PAL models. ®

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