Sony has confirmed that it is bowing to consumer pressure by working on a Linux-based operating system for the popular Playstation 2 (PS2) console.
The entertainment giant said that the add-ons for the system will come as a hard drive with a built-in 10Mbit ethernet socket that will plug into the PS2 PCMCIA slot, a mouse and a keyboard, as well as the newly developed PS2 friendly open source operating system. The PS2 Linux Kit will cost about £140 and will be available this summer.
But the downside is that the Linux Kit will only be available on the Japanese market, with no immediate plans for a US or European release unless there is further consumer pressure.
PS2 consoles are encoded by region so European consoles can only play games released on the European market and vice versa in Japan.
Sony has predicted a good financial year expecting shares to rise 15 per cent and operating profits to rocket by 33 per cent to £1.68bn.
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