Sony to Show PlayStation's sequel

After selling up a storm with its lower priced PlayStation consoles in recent months, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) showed off the latest version of its popular PlayStation game machine last week , according a report 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 SCE would not comment on the report in last weeks Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper. The company hosted an invitation-only event where it outlined 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 4.7G bytes of storage and a DVD-ROM drive, according to today's 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 (A$1350), the report said.