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SONY has rocked the games world with news of the successor to its massively popular PlayStation.

The supercool machine, which hasn't yet been named, will hit Japan around Christmas and the rest of the world the following autumn.

"PlayStation II", as it is being provisionally called, is the most advanced games system ever. It is more powerful than the latest PC and uses DVD- ROM discs which store around five gigabytes of data.

It's also likely you'll be able to use the new machine to connect to the Internet and watch DVD movies.

The heart of the PlayStation II is the new graphics synthesiser and the emotion engine. The graphics synthesiser gives the new machine unparalleled graphics capabilities and enables the creation of vividly detailed worlds and complex simulations. For example, a character's hair and clothing could be blown by a digital wind.

PlayStation II also has artificial intelligence via its emotion engine, which cost millions to develop. For the first time video game characters and environments will behave as they would in the real world.

The machine will also be backwards-compatible with the 3,000 PlayStation titles currently available.

Sony hasn't announced how much its new system will cost, but developers have already begun work on new titles.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 13, 1999
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