Despite us reporting yesterday that more than "10,000 people have pre-ordered the PlayStation 3", Sony has officially confirmed via a press release that more than $20,000,000 worth of PS3 hardware has been pre-ordered in Australia, and a quick calculation appears to indicate that equates to around 20,000 consoles.
Last night, over 500 retailers opened their doors at midnight to celebrate the launch of the console. One of the first purchasers of the PAL PlayStation 3 was Danny Darka, who was first in line at Myer Sydney. Sony's local managing director, Michael Ephraim, and Myer CEO Bernie Brookes personally handed the console to the new PlayStation 3 owner.
We've also included a few other photos of the midnight launch, which appears to have gone off without stolen consoles and injured parties. Sony should release sales figures for the console next week, so we'll report back once they let us know how well the console has gone in Australia.