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delayed the launch of its PlayStation 3 game box in Europe but said it remains on track for the Nov. 17 launch of the PlayStation 3 in North America.

Sony revised its European launch date to March 2007, citing a "delay in the mass production schedule of the blue laser diode within the Sony Group."

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But in North America, "Our plans remain unchanged, and we are on track to meeting our goals with this important launch," said Sony Computer Entertainment Americas chief Kaz Hirai. "It is also important to note that the previously announced global PlayStation 3 shipment forecast of 6 million units within the fiscal year ending 2007 has not changed."