The European PlayStation 2 to ship with YABASIC.
We've learned that the European version of the PlayStation 2 will ship with YABASIC (Yet Another BASIC). Apparently the language is to make it possible for users to devise and create simplistic programs which can feature 3D in a limited fashion. The programs gamers create can then be saved to their memory cards.
Some experts believe that there are two main reasons for including the programming language with the European PlayStation 2. One being that one of Sony's goals is to take the PlayStation 2 beyond what we typically consider a game machine, and giving the system programmability is one step towards achieving that goal.
The other is economic, but still on the same token. In order to import game systems, a 2.2% tax must be paid, while that tax does not apply to PCs. Sony may be attempting to give its console some of the properties of a personal computer, hence attempting to evade the import tax requirements.
11/7/2000 Bryan Keers