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PlayStation 3's Bluetooth gets go-ahead

Wireless feature approved by US

The PlayStation 3 has cleared another prelaunch hurdle after being approved by the US Federal Communications Commission.

Because the games console uses Bluetooth it requires approval from the regulatory authority before it goes on sale in the US. It received Wi-Fi certification in September and the most recent filing covers the Bluetooth wireless. It's due to launch in North America on 19 November, just over a week after the Japanese launch on 11 November.

Documents made public by the FCC don't reveal much. The regulator allows companies to request that certain details are temporarily held back to stop the leaking of information ahead of a product launch, so the user manual, for example, hasn't been made public yet. However they do offer a small nugget of data.

Mocks of the label that will be affixed onto the PlayStation 3 show two variants will hit the US. One is made in Japan by Sony EMCS Corp and the other in China by Maintek Computer, which is an affiliate of Taiwan's Asustek Computer.


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