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Playstation 3 in 2005?

  Although Sony continues to keep secret their plans for the future of the gaming industry, especially in regards with the Playstation 2 and it's successor, a spokesman from Sony has been kind enough to indulge us with some interesting information.

   "We're not thinking about hardware," said Kenichi Fukunaga, spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment. "The ideal solution would be having an operating system installed in various home appliances that could run game programs. We've started with boxes--making boxes to do specific things. But if you have a chip this powerful, you can add functions to any box. It's reverse thinking."

   Rumors are flying about this so-called Cell project that is expected to be completed in 2005. Sony, IBM, and Toshiba are the expected companies to be involved and hope their four-year project is extremely successful, as they believe the gaming industry is headed in a new direction. Apparently, the "Playstation 3" (unofficial) would possess ultrafast Internet connections that would enable numerous applications, such as video and sound distribution.

   "It's possible PlayStation 3 would come out in 2005, since that's when Sony's Cell project will yield something," said Kazuharu Miura, an analyst at Daiwa Institute of Research. He added, "by 2005, Japan's broadband infrastructure for high-speed Internet service will be largely complete, and Sony will likely have a clearer idea of what kind of online games people want to play."

   PSX Extreme will continue to focus on this story, so stay tuned for all updates.

9/6/2002 Matt Stensrud

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