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PS2 Hard Drive details arrive.

  A 40-gigabyte storage device has been announced for the PS2ís Hard Disk Drive (HDD) in Japan. SCE has stated the system will provide scratch disk space for games that choose to use it and eventually will store data downloaded via the PS2 network adapter. Priced at 19,000 yen, $153 (US), sales will begin on July 19 for the newer versions of the PS2, as older versions will require an external version costing 18,000 yen, $145 (US).

  SCE has also announced pricing and release information for the official PS2 USB mouse and keyboard, which will be released in September. The mouse will be priced at 3,000 yen, $24 (US), and the keyboard will be priced at 4,000 yen, $32 (US).

So far, the HDD has been announced to work with the following games, mainly for data caching and option storage:

  • A-Train 2001 
  • Atelier Lillie
  • Final Fantasy X
  • Train Kit for A-Train 2001 (this expansion requires the HDD)
  • Tamamayu Story 2
  • Beatmania IIDX 5th Style New Songs Collection
  • Capcom Vs. SNK 2
  • Gitadora (Guitar Freaks 4th Mix and Drum Mania 3rd Mix)

The details on the various peripherals are summarized as follows:

HDD 40 GB External type
Works with: SCPH-10000, SCPH-15000, SCPH-18000
Price: 19,000 yen ($150)
Release: July 19

HDD 40 GB Internal type
Works with: SCPH-30000, SCPH-35000GT
Price: 18,000 yen ($135)
Release: July 19

Vertical Stand for external HDD
Price: 1,500 yen ($9)
Release: July 19

USB Mouse
Price: 3,000 yen ($19)
Release: Mid-September

USB Keyboard
Price: 4,000 yen ($29)
Release: Mid-September

7/5/2001 Matt Stensrud

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