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  Sony unveils online gaming for PS2
Updated 08 March 2002, 11.51

Sony is launching online gaming for the PlayStation 2 in America in August.

It means that American kids will be able to play against other gamers in real time, as well as download enhancements to existing titles.

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Sony will sell an adapter to get the PlayStation 2 online.

This will also allow users to browse the net, send e-mails and download mp3s and video streams.

They'll announce the new games for the platform in the next few months.

Battle stepping up


It's the latest round in the battle of the games consoles - which steps up with the European launch next Thursday of Microsoft's Xbox.

Xbox has an advantage over its rivals because it won't need any additional adaptors when it launches its online gaming service later in 2002.

Nintendo haven't said anything so far about online gaming for the GameCube, which launches in May.

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