Volgens de EETimes zal de japanse release van de Playstation II op 4 maart plaats vinden. De VS en Europa volgen een half jaar later. De prijs van het doosje zal 364 dollar zijn, evenveel als de introductieprijs van de PSX1 in '94:
When SCE [Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.] announced the outline of the game console in March this year, two major functions — communications and DVD-Video playback — were left undisclosed. Playstation 2 will have DVD-Video capability as a standard function and will connect to cable TV networks through an Ethernet interface provided in a PC Card.
[...] PS2 has a PC Card Type III slot in its back. The PC Card Ethernet Interface connects the Playstation 2 to cable modems.
SCE will aim at direct bit data distribution services and will begin to offer the interface card from 2001. "For downloading data with PS2, we are going to develop the technology assuming hard drives will be used as a storage, because its bit cost is dropping sharply, " said Kutaragi. Starting with the distribution of PS and PS2's digital content, SCE intends to expand the distribution of the content to much wider fields.
[...] While Sega Enterprises Ltd. positions Internet accessibility as the key feature for its new Dreamcast game console, and Nintendo Co. Ltd. also intents to add that function to its Gameboy, SCE has no intention to making Internet accessibility a main feature of PS2.
[...] In 2001, once PS2 connects to a cable TV network though the Ethernet interface, users will be able to access the Internet through CATV operators that also serve as information service providers. But until then, PS2 may not have any Internet connectability. [break] Volgens ZDNet verwacht Sony in de eerste introductieweek 1 miljoen speeldozen af te kunnen zetten (en ZDNet zegt dat de prijs $368 is ipv $364 bij EETimes): [/break] SNE announced on Monday that it had set the price of its much-awaited PlayStation 2 at 39,800 yen, or U.S. $368, for its Japanese debut in March 2000. The company expects to ship 1 million units in the first week, said company officials at Sony Computer Entertainment, according to a Reuters report.