Sony Computer Entertainment America, one the biggest competitors in the gaming world today, are the creators of the PlayStation 3. The PlayStation 3 was first released in Japan on November 11, 2006 at 07:00. According to Media Create, 81,639 PS3 systems were sold within 24 hours of its introduction in Japan. Soon after its release in Japan, the PS3 was released in North America on November 17, 2006. Reports of violence surrounding the release of the PS3 include a customer shot, campers robbed at gunpoint, customers shot in a drive-by shooting with BB guns, and 60 campers fighting over 10 systems. The console was originally planned for a global release through November, but the European and rest-of-the-world's release was delayed "until March" at the start of September. With it being a somewhat last-minute delay, some companies had taken deposit-based pre-orders, to which Sony informed customers that they were eligible for full refunds or could continue the pre-order. On January 24, 2007, Sony announced that the PlayStation 3 would go on sale on March 23, 2007 in Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Africa and New Zealand. The system sold about 600,000 units in its first two days. On March 7, 2007, the 60 GB PlayStation 3 launched in Singapore with a price of S$799. The console was launched in South Korea on June 16, 2007 in a single version equipped with an 80 GB hard drive and IPTV. Recently, Sony's PlayStation Network, was hacked by an unknown hacker, or group of hackers. They shutdown PSN Wednesday night to prevent any other intrusions or hacking of user's accounts. PSN has been down since then, and there has been no word on when it'll be back up. This has caused many users to give up on the PS3 and move on to alternate gaming systems such as the Xbox 360 or Wii. Quote from Sony: "We exclude all liability for loss of data or unauthorised access to your data, Sony Online Network account or Sony Online Network wallet and for damage caused to your software or hardware as a result of using or accessing Sony Online Network." We are requesting that Sony at least admit they are responsible. We trusted them with our personal information, to make sure it doesn't get leaked. We trusted them to make sure this won't happen. Yet, it did. We are requesting that Sony take responsibility for something that is their responsibility! And at least keep us more updated on what is going on! And possibly an ETA of when the servers will be back up! Thank you. Sincerely, PlayStation 3 Owners
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