Volgens ZDNet zal de PSXII (dat ding waarvan wij PC gebruikers spontaan in onze broekjes zouden scheiten) op 23 januari 2000 gereleased worden:
Financial firm Merrill Lynch predicts that the PlayStation 2 -- Sony Corp.'s next-generation game machine -- will hit Japanese shelves on Jan. 23 at a hefty price of 45,000 yen (U.S. $391), according to a report published this week.
Even at that price, Sony will barely cover the cost of the parts needed to build the machine, ZDNN reported in a previous article. In addition, the machine will have to contend with Sega Enterprises Ltd.'s own game machine, the Dreamcast, which has been available in Japan for almost a year.
While Dreamcast machine will hit U.S. shelves Sept. 9 at a much more affordable $199, analysts have predicted that the PlayStation 2 will become the giant in the market.
Merrill Lynch's outlook is also optimistic. The report pegs initial shipments of the PlayStation 2 at 400,000 units with a total of 1 million consoles sold during the first three months of 2000.
[...] The aggressive plans will drain the company's coffers, according to the Merrill Lynch report, which predicted that Sony's PlayStation division will post a $110 million loss in the year ending March 2000.