PS2 will be launched with a modem and hard drive in US.
Sony has announced that it will be shipping a modem and a hard drive along with its PS2 when the system hits the US. Did I mention that those two gadgets will be included with the PS2? Yep, a modem and a hard drive will be packaged a long with the system, so for about $300 not only will we be getting a DVD Player, CD Player, and an ability to play enhanced PS1 games, but we will also be getting a modem so that we can get connected as soon as possible, and a hard drive where audio, movie, and other files can be stored in. The possibilities seem to be endless with the PS2, we all thought that the DVD Player was as good as it gets, but now we have a modem and hard drive.
This little announcement obviously means that we will not be using T1 or cable modems, Sony has been waiting for broadband networks to arrive in the US but it was a no go since cable connections aren't so hot here in the US, so they decided that an analog modem is better than nothing. The specifications on both additions weren't announced yet but we expect to see a 56K modem and at least 3 gigs of hard drive space. The reason for the decision to add these features is probably due to Microsoft's announcement that they will be packaging a hard drive and a 56K modem along with their X-Box.
Sony's announcement is great but if they are unable to allow us to make the system upgrade to a faster modem, the US gamers will be behind the technological advances. Not only will the PS2 play games and DVDs, but it is now almost a home computer and your life for the next 7 years. Like Sony's president says, "it does everything but your toast".
4/15/2000 SolidSnake and Webmaster