The video games unit of Sony will show off the long-awaited successor to its PlayStation game machine today, according a report yesterday in a leading Japanese daily newspaper.
The device marks the Japanese company's bid to stake a claim in a future of home consoles that merge entertainment fun with networked PC functionality.
A spokesman at Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) would not comment on the report in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper. The company will host an invitation-only event today where it is expected to outline the new machines' capabilities, sources familiar with the plan said.
The 32-bit PlayStation is the world's leading video game console.
The new machine, tentatively called PlayStation 2, was developed jointly with Toshiba and uses a co-developed processor based on the MIPS architecture from MIPS Technologies, a Silicon Graphics affiliate based in Mountain View, California, the sources said.
The machine is expected to be a home console that integrates 3-D graphics capabilities for playing games with features that to date have been found mainly in PCs, including 4.7Gb of storage and a DVD-ROM drive, according to the report.
The report also said the PlayStation 2 will support "movie quality images," and enable users to integrate sound and video into video games. The machine is expected to cost below 100,000 yen ($US839), the report said.
SCE, based in Tokyo, is at +81-3-5413-8686.