-_-*~Sean*~-_- (magination) wrote in digitalinsanity,

~*YAY*~ ((From the Sony Playstation Site...))



Hardware Evolution to Enhance Consumers Overall Online Entertainment Experience

SAN FRANCISCO, September 16, 2003 Continuing to extend the capabilities of PlayStation2 through technology and content, industry leader Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. today unveiled specifics on its internal Hard Disk Drive (40GB) (for PlayStation2) and while also announcing an impressive line-up of first and third party online-enabled titles that will be available for the holiday season and beyond.

The Hard Disk Drive is a further step toward a new era of digital in-home entertainment, creating a total living room experience that includes games, movies and music. True to its business philosophy of delivering technology when the market is ready and with full content support, the Hard Disk Drive will take advantage of the active PlayStation 2 online community by providing consumers an extended world that is dynamic through expanded applications and downloadable content.

The Hard Disk Drive will come pre-installed with Square Enixs highly anticipated massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), FINAL FANTASYXI, allowing cross-platform play between the PlayStation 2 and a personal computer. In addition, the company plans to include sneak-peek product demos as well as PlayStation 2 titles, to be announced, pre-installed as part of the product package. Other product features or benefits include 40GB of storage, faster loading times, saving CDs to create a personal jukebox, and the ability to download content levels, missions, characters, and much more.SCEA Gamers Day 2003 Announcements

Soon-to-be-released PlayStation 2 titles SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs and Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain, published by Sony Computer Entertainment America, will be among the first to utilize the Hard Disk Drive with new content for consumers to download.

In addition to the gaming content, the internal Hard Disk Drive will also include a customized media player specifically designed for PlayStation 2. The media player offers a myriad of entertainment options to the consumer including playing MP3s, storing CDs, further expanding the functionalities of the top-selling console. The media player will also incorporate a photo manager allowing users to store, display and edit digital photos, as well as a games manager to organize and browse games stored on the drive.

Available in March 2004 for $99 suggested retail price (SRP), the internal Hard Disk Drive attaches to the Network Adaptor (Ethernet/modem) (for PlayStation2), which connects to both broadband or dial-up networks, and rests in the expansion bay of the PlayStation 2 console.

With the battle for console supremacy decided, we are departing from the status quo in an effort to broaden the in-home entertainment market with the release of the Hard Disk Drive for PlayStation 2, said Andrew House, executive vice president, Sony Computer Entertainment America. The online world is dynamic and constantly changing, and with the Hard Disk Drive consumers can truly capitalize on the fusion of content -- whether it be gaming applications, communities, digital media delivery -- and refresh and expand the experience infinitely.

New Online Titles for PlayStation 2

As the PlayStation 2 online community nears critical mass, with more than 800,000 connected gamers to date, the industry leader is set to create one of the fastest growing business areas, allowing the company to transition online console gaming from an early adaptor to a mainstream proposition. Sony Computer Entertainment America has established itself as the leader in the online console gaming market, earning this distinction by empowering the largest online gaming community with choice, value, easy access and the best online games available. In keeping with these promises and with the knowledge that content is king in continuing to lead consumers online, publishers are preparing to roll out dozens of new first and third party online titles for PlayStation 2. Consumers will be able to choose from an impressive line-up of more than 50 online-enabled titles by year-end.

Validating the companys approach of giving third party publishers flexibility and control in order to create compelling content and control the customer relationship, more than 20 publishers are developing online-enabled titles for the PlayStation 2 platform. Electronic Arts, the worlds largest videogame publisher, continues to make its best-selling sports franchises PlayStation 2 online exclusive, including Madden NFL 2004, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004, NBA Live 2004, NASCAR Thunder 2004, and more. In addition, Electronic Arts is also bringing other key franchises to PlayStation 2 online including The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, SSX 3, Medal of Honor Rising Sun and The Sims Bustin Out, the widely popular role-playing game from Electronic Arts due out in December 2003.

Other highly anticipated titles set to launch by year-end include Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior from THQ, XIII from Ubi Soft and Tony Hawks Underground from Activision.
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