Move aims to build market for Playstation 2
TOKYO — Japanese electronics giant Sony is pacting to provide broadband services and games for arcades run by gamemakers Sega and Namco.
Move is aimed at helping build a market for Sony’s PlayStation 2 console and expand the network capabilities of a product that has cost Sony enormous sums to develop and market.
Under the deal, Sony Computer Entertainment will build an advanced PlayStation 2 unit for arcades that will be connected through broadband networks.
Initial service will start at the end of 2001, with nationwide service scheduled for 2002.