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Sony's New Playstation 2 Hopes to Receive Rave Reviews by Kids, Parents

Aired October 25, 2000 - 1:57 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Well, this is probably the biggest deal for kids since the last "Harry Potter" book was published. Sony's Playstation 2 is being rolled out this week,

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Yes, Natalie got together yesterday, if you were watching this program.

He was the programmer, wasn't he?

ALLEN: He invented the whole football game.

WATERS: He was the big guy on Playstation 2.

Today our technology correspondent Rick Lockridge gets together with the kids. Here's what he found.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Touchdown!

RICK LOCKRIDGE, CNN TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A demo of the new Playstation 2 scored big with the Lucas family.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's really sharp.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The detail kind of amazed me, and the variety.

LOCKRIDGE: Even little Meg was ready to rumble.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Usually when it has better looks, it's funner.

LOCKRIDGE: A supercharged graphics chip called the Emotion Engine drives the PS2, pumping out up to 75 million picture elements every second.

Compare: old Playstation, new Playstation.

LAUREN FIELDER, CRITIC, GAMESPOT.COM: The games look fantastic. They play fantastic. You don't have the loading times you had before. So, from a gamer's point of view, you can already see the results. LOCKRIDGE: Gamespot.com's Lauren Fielder did find a couple things to criticize about the PS2. Its relatively high $299 price tag and a few, kind of, lame games. But on a scale of 1 to 10...

FIELDER: I'd say a seven.

LOCKRIDGE: The PS2 doesn't want to be just a teenager's toy. With built-in USB, Firewire and Ethernet ports, and a slot for a future hard drive, this Playstation has the specs of a workstation. Sony hopes that over time, the console, which can also play DVD movies and music CDs, will evolve into a family's main digital entertainment device. But the new games alone have been a knockout aboard Sony's rolling arcade, and many a young gamer is already saving up.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Work, second jobs, I guess.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They have to work their butts off between now and Christmas, get good grades and then maybe.

LOCKRIDGE: The Playstation 2 may cost twice as much as its only 128-bit rival, the Sega Dreamcast, but it'll also offer many more games: 26 at launch, 50 by Christmas, more than 270 altogether.

(on camera): Now, Sony has about a year to build market share before Nintendo and Microsoft enter the fray with 128-bit systems of their own.

Rick Lockridge, CNN.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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