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SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT ELEVATES ITS ROLE IN THE DIGITAL ERA WITH PLAYSTATION(R)2

NEW COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM TO DEBUT ON
MARCH 4, 2000 IN JAPAN,
FALL 2000 IN EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA

TOKYO, September 13, 1999 -- Heralding in a new age of digital entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. today announced the launch details of its revolutionary computer entertainment system, PlayStation2. Building on the success of the worldwide best-selling PlayStation game console with hardware shipments exceeding 60 million units, PlayStation2 is designed to bring together movies, music and games to form a new world of computer entertainment.

PlayStation2 will launch in Japan on March 4th, 2000 with an unprecedented initial weekÕs shipment of one million units. Supporting both the audio CD and DVD-Video formats, PlayStation2 offers consumers a wide range of music and video entertainment options. The new system is backwards compatible with the original PlayStation, bridging the gap between the two systems while legitimizing consumers' investment in their existing PlayStation software libraries.

Sony Computer Entertainment announced the following details of the new system:

 

Product Name: PlayStation2
Suggested Retail Price (Japan) $39,800
Available: March 4th, 2000
Accessories included: "Dual Shock"2 analog controller
High capacity 8MB Memory Card
PlayStation2 Demo Disc
AV Multi cable
AC power cord
Dimensions: 301mm (W) X 178mm (D) X 78mm (D)
12" x 7" x 3"

Weight: 2.1Kg(4lbs 10oz)
Media: PlayStation2 CD-ROM, DVD-ROM
PlayStation CD-ROM

Formats supported: Audio CD, DVD-Video

Interfaces: Controller port (2)
Memory Card slot (2)
AV Multicable output (1)
Optical digital output (1)
USB port (2)
i.Link (IEEE1394) (1)
Type III PCMCIA card slot (1)

"PlayStation2 is charting a path toward the future of networked digital entertainment," said Ken Kutaragi, President and CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "Just as the PlayStation brought interactive gaming to an unprecedented mass market, PlayStation2's combination of breathtaking digital graphics, superb sound and DVD video will open the doors to a new computer entertainment experience in the home."

The PlayStation2 computer entertainment system will be available in Asian markets in the Summer, 2000 and in Fall, 2000 in Europe and North America.

 

PlayStation(R)2 Basic Specifications and Features
CPU
System Clock Frequency
Main Memory
Memory Size
128 Bit "Emotion EngineTM"
294.912 MHz
Direct RDRAM
32MB
Graphics
Clock Frequency
Embedded Cache VRAM
"Graphics Synthesizer"
147.456MHz
4MB
Sound
Number of Voices
Sound Memory
SPU2
48ch plus software
2MB
IOP
CPU Core
Clock Frequency
IOP Memory
I/O Processor
PlayStation CPU+
33.8688MHz or 36.864MHz (Selectable)
2MB
Disc Device
Device Speed
CD-ROM and DVD-ROM
CD-ROM 24 times speed
DVD-ROM 4 times speed

Copyright (c)1999 Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., All rights reserved.

 

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