PLAYSTATION 2 LAUNCHES BIG IN JAPAN, TARGETS U.S.

TOKYO -- The next big thing in video games is on the horizon, and this one looks like it will have very long legs.Sony PlayStation 2, which is off to a strong start in Japan, is headed for U.S. store shelves later this year, possibly by summer's end. In addition to increased game rentals, retailers can also look forward to more DVD movie rentals and sales as the new game system doubles as a DVD player.

TOKYO -- The next big thing in video games is on the horizon, and this one looks like it will have very long legs.

Sony PlayStation 2, which is off to a strong start in Japan, is headed for U.S. store shelves later this year, possibly by summer's end. In addition to increased game rentals, retailers can also look forward to more DVD movie rentals and sales as the new game system doubles as a DVD player. The 128-bit device is also designed with Internet capability, but this will not be

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