Thursday, October 26, 2000

Get ready to wait for PlayStation2

By William A. Weathers and Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Matt Westfall, 15, of West Chester, was prepared Wednesday night for an overnight wait to purchase his PlayStation2. He brought a cell phone, beach chair, radio and his homework to the Best Buy store in Springdale.

        He arrived at 3:30 p.m. and claimed the first place in line. Sony's new PlayStation2 goes on sale at 10 a.m. today at the store.

        “It has a DVD player and its graphics are a lot better,” Matt, a sophomore at Lakota West, said when asked why he was prepared to camp out all night.

        At a suggested retail price of $299 per unit, this heavily hyped videogame console is Sony's latest upgrade and has millions worldwide begging to open their wallets.

        PS2 is already out in Japan, where supply has had trouble keeping up with demand. Sony says about 2 million have been sold.

        The console officially goes on sale today, but at about 3 p.m. Wednesday, lines had also begun forming outside the Meijer in West Chester.

        The game went on sale at the 24-hour megastore at 12:01 a.m. today. No preorders were accepted.

        There were about 20 people in line at Best Buy Wednesday night.

        GameStop in Blue Ash has been taking orders since January. It has 200 orders and was getting only 30 machines.


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