The release date, as should be expected, coincides with the Japanese release, so technically, if you do some crazy overnight air, you could get your PS3 a few days early. Recall that the region encoding nonsense is the same for Japan and the US, so the PS3 units are really the same. At the very least, you can snag an extra SIXAXIS since stores might not get too many in (or else they'll get way too many... not sure yet). This is good news for those of us who couldn't go out and grab a preorder and for those who don't want to camp out the night before. Anyone considering this option?