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Harrison: New Custom PlayStation 2 Controllers Coming?

Talking to Gamasutra during Tokyo Game Show, Sony's Phil Harrison has further hinted at the future of the PlayStation 2, revealing the company has more custom game controllers along the lines of the Buzz and EyeToy peripherals coming to the

Brandon Sheffield

September 24, 2007

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Talking to Gamasutra during Tokyo Game Show, Sony's Phil Harrison has further hinted at the future of the PlayStation 2, revealing the company has more custom game controllers along the lines of the Buzz and EyeToy peripherals coming to the PS2. When asked about In2Games making third party motion control peripherals (the RealPlay Wireless series), and asked whether Sony would ever do internal projects to turn the PS2 into a motion-sensing competitor to the Nintendo Wii, Sony Worldwide Studios head Harrison replied: "Well, I can't answer your question directly because I'm not familiar with what you're referring to, but we put USB ports on the PlayStation 2 for a reason, which was to support open technology. So anything that is based around USB can be plugged into a PS2 and could add some unique experience." The Sony executive continued of custom controllers for the PlayStation 2: "We've done that well, Buzz controllers, EyeToy, Singstar, but there are others as well coming. We're by no means done with PS2. We can't make enough PS2s at the moment, which is a fantastic situation to be in eight years into the lifecycle." During last week's TGS keynote, SCE president Kaz Hirai, while mainly concentrating on the revitalization of the PlayStation 3 system, revealed that the PlayStation 2 has sold over 120 million units after eight years on sale. In addition, the PS2 made its previous goal of 100 million units sold in six years after its launch.

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Brandon Sheffield

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Brandon Sheffield is creative director of Necrosoft Games, former editor of Game Developer magazine and gamasutra.com, and advisor for GDC, DICE, and other conferences. He frequently participates in game charity bundles and events.

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