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IT-Director: Games oust computers from cyberspace [PlayStation 2]

Feb 21, 2000, 16:56 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Technology products are launched daily, and few generate much excitement. Wrap up the technology as a games console and it can be a different story. As Sony demonstrated when their web server collapsed moments after it started taking orders for the new PlayStation 2."

"Why does it matter? The PlayStation is already the world's most popular games system and has sold 70 million units over five years. The new version has a very impressive specification, well ahead of the average PC. ... In fact, it's so impressive that Sony obviously have plans that go beyond games. Indeed, we know that Sony is lining up a variety of Internet based services that are intended to appeal to PlayStation owners in the future. Once the unit is installed, all it needs is a connection to the Internet, and the owner has a powerful web browser."

"It's all part of a wider trend. In consumer markets, the traditional computer has only limited appeal. Most people are uninterested in the details of technology, but are attracted by what it can achieve. The PC will no doubt continue for some time, but devices that hide the raw technology will soon dominate the consumer market."

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