PS2 game consoles ‘might be just the beginning’
By Rajesh Ramanathan The world’s first console to offer a ‘digital lock’ to prevent the playing of copyrighted content has been announced.
A new device called the PS2 Game Console by Sony, the new machine allows users to play a game on their PS2, the first system to allow this.
The device is a digital lock, meaning that users cannot play copyrighted material on it.
It has been developed by Sony in collaboration with Philips and Panasonic and is being marketed as the first-ever PS2 console with digital lock capability.
“This will be the first time in history that any video game console can have a digital locked state, a feature that allows users on both sides to be in control of the content on the device,” said David Fusco, a vice president at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, adding that it is not yet clear when users will be able to use this feature.
The PlayStation 2 was launched in 1998.
The first consoles to feature a digital locking feature were the Atari 2600 and Atari Jaguar in the US, and the Sega Genesis and Sega Saturn in Europe.
In Japan, Sony had previously been working on a similar device that would allow users to watch copyrighted content on its PS2 system, but was not made available to the public.
Sony said that while this device is unique, similar products will come from other developers, including Panasonic, Sharp, Philips and others.
“With the introduction of the PS 2, we are making it easier to access and enjoy video games on your smart TV,” Fuscom said.
“As this new technology develops, we look forward to bringing more innovative products to consumers.”
The device has not yet been officially announced by Sony and is currently available for pre-order at its website, while Philips is offering the device to retailers for $699.
The company also says that the device will be available in March in Japan, and that it will ship in March or April.
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