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May 13 2003

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NCAA® FINAL FOUR® 2004 TAKES IT TO THE RIM FOR ANOTHER COLLEGE HOOPS SEASON ON PLAYSTATION®2

Press Release - E3 Final Four 2004 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NCAA® FINAL FOUR® 2004 TAKES IT TO THE RIM FOR ANOTHER COLLEGE HOOPS SEASON ON PLAYSTATION®2

Redesigned Player Models and New Online Mode Make 989 Sports®’ Latest Installment of the College Basketball Franchise the Best Ever

LOS ANGELES, May 13, 2003 – Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today that NCAA® Final Four® 2004 from the 989 Sports® development team will hit stores in November 2003, marking the release of the latest installment of the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system college hoops franchise. Featuring redesigned player graphics and the all-new Online Mode, NCAA Final Four 2004 captures the spirit and pageantry of college hoops like never before.

With the recreation of more than 70 new player models, each consisting of more than 4,500 polygons, NCAA Final Four 2004 hoopsters are recreated in jaw-dropping detail. From muscle definition to tattoos to afros, players are more lifelike than ever before as gameplay features allow the performance of over 30 new dunks including reverses, follow-ups and tomahawk jams. “Motion-blending” technology creates seamless transitions in every animation, and ultra-smooth player control, as true-to-life details like the backboard and rim shaking after a crowd-pleasing dunk, epitomize the adrenaline-pumping action of the college hoops game. All-new online technology, which includes message boards, user mail and buddy lists, brings gamers together from all over the nation to compete and challenge each other’s college basketball skills.

“NCAA Final Four 2004 captures the true spirit of college hoops with unmatched realism,” said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. “Combining a redesigned graphics engine with all-new online technology, NCAA Final Four 2004 is the most authentic and exciting college basketball game available for PlayStation 2.”

With more than 303 Division IA teams from every big and small conference including the Pac-10, Big 12, SEC, and Atlantic 10, NCAA Final Four 2004 brings to life the exhilaration of college hoops all in remarkably recreated authentic arenas. Whether sharpening a jump shot in the Practice Mode, building a powerhouse collegiate program over multiple seasons by recruiting freshmen to replace graduating seniors in Dynasty Mode, or starting as an assistant at a small school and attempting to climb the ranks to major university head coach in Career Mode, NCAA Final Four 2004 provides every imaginable option for the ultimate in college hoops action.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates NCAA Final Four 2004 “RP” or “Rating Pending.” For more information about the ESRB visit www.esrb.org.

About 989 Sports

989 Sports® is the sports software brand of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. Known for its top-selling sports franchise titles such as NFL GameDay™, MLB™, NBA ShootOut, NHL FaceOff™, NCAA® Final Four® and NCAA® GameBreaker™, 989 Sports is committed to developing authentic and innovative sports games to appeal to both the professional athlete and hard-core sports videogame fan.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one™ game console, and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era.
Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console and the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.