Source - Bloomberg (thanks Stuart)
Sony's plans to tightly integrate its suite of multimedia products - TVs, VCRs, DVD players and PCs - include the 30-million-selling PlayStation 2, Bloomberg is reporting, and the first step towards their goals is PS2 Memory Stick support. Shinichi Okamoto, SCEI's CTO and senior veepee, explained on Monday that Sony is "trying to make PlayStation 2 fit in digitalized consumer electronics products," and that the company "will take steps for that this year." PlayStation 2 can already play DVDs, and shortly Sony plans to connect it to the Internet. By providing Memory Stick support through an adapter, the company gives users the opportunity to store countless save games - current memory cards store only 8Mb, whereas Memory Stick can reach more than fifty times that capacity - as well as software and other data. Using the Memory Stick to store music is one suggestion - a clear hint at an Xbox-style game soundtrack solution.