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Test driving the PS2
[Ontario Edition]
Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Date: Oct 12, 2000
Start Page: FF.03
Section: FAST FORWARD
Abstract (Document Summary)

Much like the Sega Dreamcast, Sony's PlayStation 2 (PS2) contains a 128-bit processor, up from a 32-bit processor in the original PlayStation system. But along with its advanced processing power (dubbed the "emotion engine"), the new machine can also play DVD movies, compact discs, and for the first time in the home console industry, it's backwards compatible so it will play older PlayStation I titles as well.

It hasn't been all smooth sailing for Sony and its all-in- one entertainment set-top box. A number of manufacturing problems plagued Sony's PS2 launch in Japan this past spring, causing them to fall short of its sell-through goal while triggering a number of returns at retail due to faulty components.

Furthermore, many videogame makers have been complaining about how difficult the PS2 development kit is to program for, likely one of the reasons why Sony's line-up at this past Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) was lacklustre, to say the least.

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