Sony of Japan has developed a new
laser device for "the PlayStation game machine" which is
able to read both DVD and CD formats.
June 8, 1999
A Reuters article reports that the
product, which Sony Corporation created with its Japanese
subsidiary, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc, has been devised for
use with a "PlayStation game machine".
Before that ambiguous revelation
sends PlayStation owners into a DVD frenzy, it's safe to assume
that the laser will be used with Sony's next generation
PlayStation 2 console rather than the current PlayStation
platform. The massively-anticipated console is set for release
according to the report "in Japan by this winter," which
presumably means that Sony is on target for the console's
previously-targeted March, 2000 launch date.
Before this new invention it was
only possible to play both digital video discs and compact discs
using separate laser pickups. However Sony's technology can
produce lasers of both wavelengths, which could lead to a
reduction of components in CD/DVD drives and an improvement in the