- Since Sony has
now 500 000 units for the North American market
do you have any specific numbers for Canada?
Butch - The
exact numbers for Canada can not be disclose
right now but I can tell you that we will have
our fair share not just a token of it.
LD - What can you
tell us about your distribution channel in
Butch - All
big chain store are the one that has priority
because of their demographic reach and support
that they have giving us in the past among them
are Wallmart, Zellers, Toys'r Us, Microplay,
Electronic Boutique, Canadian Tire. Also
Blockbuster and Rogers were given some so they
can rent it to the consumers that will not get
the chance to buy one.
LD - I have heard
that some stores are required the consumers to
buy 2 or 3 games in order to be able to get the
console also, is it Sony or the store that has
set this requirement?
Butch - Sony
has no requirements of that sort, it the store
doing not us.
LD - What exactly
is the breakdown of the 270 software that are the
Presently 301 content developers and publishers
are working on 270 titles which we will be 26 at
the launch and 50 for the Christmas time to make
a total of 150 titles for our year end fiscal
year on March 31.
LD - Which title is
being developed for the north American market?
Butch - Our
first party game called FantaVision
LD - I
notice that no 989 Studio's titles were announced
in the line up do you know when they will com
Butch - Yes
all the popular 989 Studios titles are in
development right now and should be available
LD - Concerning the
launch titles their was no titles like Spyro gear
to the young crowd of gamers, is there a reason
Butch - Yes
there is. We have 2 different strategies one for
each market, the PlayStation 2 is geared toward
the adult gamers and the PS one is geared for the
younger gamers like that we are dominating the
living room by covering both markets with our 2
consoles. Still you can play if you want Spyro on
the PlayStation 2 since it is backward compatible
with all the 800 titles already out on the
LD - Which
operating system is in the new PlayStation 2 ?
Butch - Sony
has created a new operating system called the
Emotion Engine which will give the games more
realisms and more definitions to the graphics.
What is the length of play for the PlayStation 2
Butch - We
have now 2 distinct businesses, so our new
strategy is to gear up the PlayStation towards
the younger crowd and the PlayStation 2 will be
more like a family Entertainment Unit. With the
Multi Tap Adaptor you will be able to play with
up to 8 players at the same time and it also has
the ability to watch movies on it. We plan to
dominate the living rooms of the world with our 2
LD - Will the new
Multi Tap where we can play up to 8 players at
the same time be available at launch?
Butch - Yes, the
new Multi Tap, Stands, Memory Cards and DUALSHOCK
2 Analog Controller will be available at the
LD - Silent
Scope from Konami is best played with a visor and
a gun will you have that too at the launch?
Butch - No
those will not available for that launch.
LD - Do
you have a date already set to announce your
Internet online Network?
Butch - We are
still working on the Internet Network and I have
not yet received a definite date for the
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