Sony: Arms open, mouth shut

The company, which recently rolled DVD Video player functions into the console, last week announced its hopes that other companies will soon start building support for PS2 gaming into their consumer electronics products.

SCEI offered no more details on the plan, disclosed at a Tokyo press conference on Thursday, except to say that it plans to sell the PS2 chip set - the brain of the PS2 machine - externally in the future. The plan could see a range of consumer electronics products, including televisions and set-top boxes, doubling as PS2 consoles in the future.

The press conference was held to announce plans to build a new semiconductor production line to increase capacity ahead of the launch of the PS2 in markets outside of Japan. Such an increase in chip output is also vital if SCEI is to satisfy any demand for the chip set from other companies.

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