Hoping to undercut demand for the popular Sega Dreamcast, Sony has released more details about its own next-generation gaming console.
Kaz Hirai, president and chief operating officer of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, called the PlayStation 2 “the most advanced entertainment platform in the world.”
Billed as an all-in-one entertainment console, the highly-anticipated device is expected to form the center of a new Internet-based electronic content distribution system Sony is planning that will let users download and access all sorts of multimedia content through high speed broadband networks.
The jet-black console will come with one controller and an 8MB memory card. Sony expects to ship 1 million units in the first week and believes that even that many will not satisfy initial demand.
The PlayStation 2 will be released in Japan next March at the same price the original version sold for more than four years ago. While the U.S. price has not yet been set, the original sold for $299 in the United States, where the new version will hit store shelves in the fall of 2000.
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