Sony has announced the US release date for its PS2 network adapter. The product will go on sale in August for $39.99. The adapter itself will support a 10/100 Ethernet connection and a 56k V.90 modem connection. No date has yet been set for a European release.
After leading this industry for many years, we know our market and understand our core competencies are consumer-based hardware and in-home entertainment,” said Kaz Hirai, president and chief operating officer, Sony Computer Entertainment America. The world of online gaming and broadband-based network services, as it currently stands, is not a one-stop experience. Any company entering this space needs strong partners in various business areas to succeed. With the help and support of our partners, whether on the content or technology side, we will be able to offer online console gaming through PlayStation 2 that is consumer friendly and, most importantly, fun.
Sony also plans to launch a Linux kit for the PS2 that will allow customers to use the console as a desktop computer. The kit will include the Linux OS, monitor cable adapter, hard disk, network adapter, and USB keyboard and mouse.