Sony Computer Entertainment Integrates Java Capabilities Into PlayStation® 2

Millions of Java Network Content Becomes Available on PlayStation 2 Computer Entertainment System


Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI), the global leader in the computer entertainment world, announced today that it would integrate the Java platform developed by Sun Microsystems Inc. (Sun) into the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system to be available by the end of 2001. This is SCEI's further step to realize the company's overall strategy to lead the broadband-networked era.

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By integrating Java technologies into PlayStation 2, its ability further extends to downloading new applications and services dynamically from the network in a highly secured manner. Through this, PlayStation 2 owners will be able to access to millions of Java applications that exist on the current Internet.

The availability of Java on PlayStation 2 also enables the easy connection and communication with other Java enabled clients such as wireless handsets, PDAs, interactive televisions and other network devices. It will become possible to enjoy various Java based applications including simple games, such as those available on mobile phones, on a cross platform basis.

"SCEI aims to create a new world of entertainment by merging games with communication," said Shinichi Okamoto, senior vice president and CTO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "It is a clear solution that PlayStation 2 supports Java. By collaborating with Sun, we hope to accelerate bringing in the open and secure network communication into the future."

"SCEI's plan to integrate Java technology into PlayStation 2 represents a significant milestone in the adoption and availability of Java technology for the global home entertainment market," said Patricia C. Sueltz, executive vice president, Software Systems Group of Sun Microsystems Inc. "The combination of Java technologies and PlayStation 2 forms a powerful platform which will allow consumers to easily and safely access a wide array of network applications and services in their homes."

With PlayStation and PlayStation 2, Sony Computer Entertainment will create and develop a new world of computer entertainment for the broadband era through the fusion of game, music, movies, and broadcasting.

About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufacturers, distributes and markets the PlayStation® game console and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. SCEI, along with its subsidiary divisions Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., develops, publishes, markets and distributes software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these two platforms in the respective markets worldwide. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is an independent business unit of Sony Group.

NOTE: PlayStation and the PlayStation logo, PS one and PS2 are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.



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