Sony confirmed that it had to temporarily shut down its website today after receiving 100,000 hits in one minute, following the announcement that its Playstation 2 games console was available online.
The majority of hits came from Japan where the console has just been announced, with orders being taken ahead of Playstation 2's sale date of 4 March, said a Sony spokesman. The 128bit device, which comes with DVD player and internet access, will be launched in the US and Europe later this year.
Playstation 2 will go head to head with Sega's Dreamcast console and Nintendo's next-generation machine, codenamed the Dolphin, which will also be released this year.
Sony hopes Playstation 2 will become a pivotal player in the home digital entertainment market as well as for downloadable content. "You'll start seeing a lot of dot com divisions being set up by Sony around the Playstation," said one industry source.
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