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Playstation®2 Gets Stunning New Look (Release from SCEI)

Smaller, Slimmer and Network Ready PlayStation®2 to Hit the Market Worldwide in November

Tokyo, September 21, 2004 - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI), announced today a completely new look for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system (SCPH-70000), which will become available in Japan, North America and Europe for the year-end peak selling season. The new model will be available in stores on November 1st in North America and Europe, and on November 3rd in Japan.

While inheriting the basic functions and design philosophy of the current PlayStation 2, the internal design architecture has been completely overhauled, resulting in a slimmer and more lightweight design. Internal volume has been reduced by 75%, overall weight has been halved, and thickness trimmed down to 2.8 cm (thickness of current model is 7.8 cm). Its size is almost as small as a hardcover book, making it easier to carry around and enjoy games and DVD videos anytime, anywhere.

Equipped with an integrated Ethernet port for network gaming, the new PlayStation 2 sets new standards in the fusion of design and functionality. In North America, approximately 40% (*1) of the PlayStation 2 on-line game users connect their PlayStation 2 to the networks through analog modem and reflecting the American users' preference, the North American model is equipped with both Ethernet and modem ports. The launch of the new network ready(*2) PlayStation 2 will further expand the universe of on-line gaming, as more and more on-line titles become available worldwide.

Gaining overwhelming support from a wide range of users from all over the world, more than 72 million units of PlayStation 2 have been shipped as of today. Strongly supported by software developers and publishers, PlayStation 2 is indisputably the most popular computer entertainment system in the world and the new design will position it for ever greater success over the next half of its life. In the run-up towards the launch, the new PlayStation 2 will be displayed at Sony Computer Entertainment's booth during the Tokyo Game Show 2004, held from Friday, September the 24th to Sunday, the 26th, 2004, at Makuhari Messe, together with a rich number of exciting and attractive new titles scheduled for release towards the end of the year.

With the new PlayStation 2, together with the lineup of forthcoming new game titles, SCEI will continue to expand the market and create a new world of computer entertainment.

(*1) According to SCEI's DNAS (Dynamic Network Authentication System) data.

(*2) Internet Service Provider and appropriate Internet access (e.g. ADSL, cable, fiber, etc.) required. For further details regarding network connection, on-line games and peripherals supported with the new model (SCPH-70000 CB), please visit our customer support website (http://www.playstation.jp/info/).

Product Outline (for Japan Model)

Product Name - PlayStation®2

Color - Charcoal Black

Product Code - SCPH-70000 CB

Release Date - November 3rd, 2004 (Wednesday)

Recommended Retail Price - Open Price

Dimensions - 230 mm (W) ×28 mm (H) ×152 mm (D)

*internal volume about 23% of the current model

Weight - Approximately 900g

*weight about 45% of the current model

Power requirements - DC 8.5V

Electrical current consumption - (power consumption) Approximately 5.3A(approximately 45W)

Compatible format - PlayStation format CD-ROM

PlayStation 2 format CD-ROM

PlayStation 2 format DVD-ROM

Audio CD

DVD-Video*

DVD-RW (VR mode)

*the term "DVD-Video" is used to refer to DVD-R, DVD-RW (Video mode), DVD+R and DVD+RW discs.

Interfaces Controller Port x 2

MEMORY CARD slot x 2

USB connector x 2

NETWORK connector x 1 (100BASE-TX/10BASE-T)

DC IN 8.5V connector x 1

AV MULTI OUT connector x 1

DIGITAL OUT(OPTICAL) connector x 1

Included PlayStation 2 console x 1

Analog Controller(DUALSHOCK®2) x 1

AV Cable (integrated audio/video) x 1

AC Adaptor (AC power cord included) x 1

Separately Sold Accessories (for Japan Model)

Product Name - Vertical Stand (for PlayStation®2)

Product Code - SCPH-70110 CB

Color - Charcoal Black

Release Date - November 3rd, 2004 (Wednesday)

Recommended Retail Price - I,500 yen (1,575 yen tax inclusive)

*The Vertical Stand for the current model cannot be used with the new model PlayStation 2 (SCPH-70000 CB), due to difference in design.

Product Name - Multitap (for PlayStation®2)

Product Code - SCPH-70120

Release Date - November 3rd, 2004 (Wednesday)

Recommended Retail Price - 3,600 yen (3,780 yen tax inclusive)

*The Multitap for the current model cannot be used with the new model PlayStation 2 (SCPH-70000 CB), due to difference in design. The new Multitap offers the same function as the current Multitap.

Product Outline (for North America/United States Models)

Product Name - PlayStation®2

Color - Charcoal Black

Product Code - SCPH-70011 CB (for North America)/SCPH-70012 CB (for United States)

Release Date - November 1st, 2004 (Monday)

Recommended Retail Price - 149 US Dollars

Dimensions - Approximately 230 mm (W) ×28 mm (H) ×152 mm (D)

*internal volume about 23% of the current model

Weight - Approximately 900g

*weight about 45% of the current model

Power requirements - DC 8.5V

Electrical current consumption (power consumption) - Approximately 5.3A(approximately 45W)

Compatible format - PlayStation format CD-ROM

PlayStation 2 format CD-ROM

PlayStation 2 format DVD-ROM

Audio CD

DVD-Video*

DVD-RW (VR mode)

  • The term "DVD-Video" is used to refer to DVD-R, DVD-RW (Video mode), DVD+R and DVD+RW discs.

Interfaces Controller Port x 2

MEMORY CARD slot x 2

USB connector x 2

NETWORK connector x 1 (100BASE-TX/10BASE-T)

LINE connector x 1 (modem : RJ-11C)

DC IN 8.5V connector x 1

AV MULTI OUT connector x 1

DIGITAL OUT(OPTICAL) connector x 1

Included PlayStation®2 console x 1

Analog Controller(DUALSHOCK®2) x 1

AV Cable (integrated audio/video) x 1

AC Adaptor (AC power cord included) x 1

*North America and United States models (SCPH-70011/SCPH-70012) come with built-in modem port in addition to Ethernet port.

Separately Sold Accessories (for North America/United States Models)

Product Name - Vertical Stand (for PlayStation®2)

Color - Charcoal Black

Product Code - SCPH-70110 UCB

Color - Charcoal Black

Release Date - November 1st, 2004 (Monday)

Product Name - Multitap (for PlayStation®2)

Product Code - SCPH-70120 U

Release Date - November 1st, 2004 (Monday)

Product Outline (for Oceania, UK and Europe Models)

Product Name - PlayStation®2

Color - Charcoal Black

Product Code - SCPH-70002 CB (for Oceania)/ SCPH-70003 CB (for UK)/ SCPH-70004 CB (for Europe)

Release Date - November 1st, 2004 (Monday)

Recommended Retail Price - 149 Euros

Dimensions - Approximately 230 mm (W) ×28 mm (H) ×152 mm (D)

*internal volume about 23% of the current model

Weight - Approximately 900g

*weight about 45% of the current model

Power requirements - DC 8.5V

Electrical current consumption (power consumption) - Approximately 5.3A(approximately 45W)

Compatible format - PlayStation format CD-ROM

PlayStation 2 format CD-ROM

PlayStation 2 format DVD-ROM

Audio CD

DVD-Video*

DVD-RW (VR mode)

  • The term "DVD-Video" is used to refer to DVD-R, DVD-RW (Video mode), DVD+R and DVD+RW discs.

Interfaces Controller Port x 2

MEMORY CARD slot x 2

USB connector x 2

NETWORK connector x 1 (100BASE-TX/10BASE-T)

DC IN 8.5V connector x 1

AV MULTI OUT connector x 1

DIGITAL OUT(OPTICAL) connector x 1

Included PlayStation 2 console x 1

Analog Controller(DUALSHOCK®2) x 1

AV Cable (integrated audio/video) x 1

AC Adaptor (AC power cord included) x 1

Euro-AV Connector Plug x 1 *SCPH-70003 CB, 70004 CB only

Separately Sold Accessories (for Oceania, UK and Europe Models)

Product Name - Vertical Stand (for PlayStation®2)

Color - Charcoal Black

Product Code - SCPH-70110 ECB

Release Date - November 1st, 2004 (Monday)

Product Name - Multitap (for PlayStation®2)

Product Code - SCPH-70120 E

Release Date - November 1st, 2004 (Monday)

For more information contact:

SCEE Press Centre

Email: scee_presscentre@scee.net

Tel:+44 (0)20 7859 5000

About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufacturers, distributes and markets the PlayStation® game console and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. PlayStation has revolutionized home entertainment by introducing advanced 3D graphic processing, and PlayStation 2 further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment. SCEI, along with its subsidiary divisions Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and Sony Computer Entertainment Korea Inc. develops, publishes, markets and distributes software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these two platforms in the respective markets worldwide. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is an independent business unit of the Sony Group. PlayStation and the PlayStation logo, PS one and PS2 are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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