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IT-Analysis: The Linux-PlayStation double whammy

Sep 29, 1999, 15:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Unicorn)

"There's been a steady stream of news recently on moves in the computer games market. So what? Two distinct consumer devices are being equipped with heavy-duty computer power. Both will sell in vast numbers to consumers. One is games consoles and the other is wireless devices. These look set to be the dominant forms of ubiquitous computing device..."

"If Sony has positioned its new product correctly, it could become the top selling unit that delivers digital capabilities into the domestic environment. It could be the gateway between the consumer and the wired world. Sony has already taken the lead in the games console market, with the original PlayStation selling over 60 million units. The new product is being launched in Japan with plans to sell a million units in the first week..."

"One way or another, the consumer space is likely to be linked with the Internet. It's looking as if the Sony PlayStation and Linux based wireless devices could be the two principal technologies that dominate that space. The importance of eCommerce growth means that they will have an impact on enterprise computing..."

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