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February 28, 2006 at 4:09 PM

Sony PS3 ship date leaked by Costco?

Sony isn’t saying when its new PlayStation 3 console will go on sale in the United States, but Costco wasn’t so bashful. The Issaquah-based retailer’s Web site on Tuesday said the highly anticipated console will be available in November 2006.

Retailers tend to guess when hot video game products will hit the shelves, but Costco moves a lot of Sony entertainment products so perhaps it has an early line on the PS3.

Costco listed the console specs and promotional information apparently provided by Sony. It didn’t list a price and it wasn’t taking pre-orders yet, as it did with Microsoft’s Xbox 360.

Costco’s forecasting was pretty close with the Xbox 360 — it took some pre-orders last fall, then said the product would be broadly available in spring 2006. Spring is coming, and Costco’s apparently confident enough in the supply that its Web site is listing a $489.99 premium bundle — with an extra controller and “Project Gotham Racing 3” — that’s available in limited quantities.

Update: Costco removed the information from its site after our calls to the company and Sony for more information resulted in the earlier post. Today (Wednesday), there’s a blank space in the game hardware section where the PS3 was on Tuesday.

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