Sony have officially announced
the launch date of the PlayStation 3: November 17, 2006 (in North America), with two different configurations available with the following estimated prices (US dollars):
Equipped With Blu-ray and Pre-Installed HDD United States:
. US $499 (20GB HDD)
. US $599 (60GB HDD)
There is a stack more information on the press release page, including more technical specifications.
Also just announced is the following about the controller:
The controller for PS3 has been created by refining and improving the world's most popular PlayStation(R) controller that has shipped more than several hundred million units worldwide, while inheriting its basic concept and design. The controller for PS3 employs breakthrough technology of high-precision, highly sensitive six-axis sensing system that does not require any devices other than the controller itself for seamless interactive operation, thus eliminating additional settings to TVs. With this technology, ways to enjoy PS3 will be further enhanced by accessing PS3 through the network, while retaining the six-axis sensing capability.
In addition to the "3-posture-axis" of roll, pitch and yaw, "3-dimension acceleration information (X, Y, and Z)" can be detected in high-precision and in real-time. In addition to standard key input available in existing controllers, more natural and more intuitive play will become possible as if the controller has become part of your body.
More information on the controller is in the press release
. Sounds a little like the Nintendo controller to me! There are no photos of it just yet (at least, none that I've got).