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September 08 2004



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For Immediate Release

Additions of Jak II™, Ratchet & Clank®: Going Commando, Rise to Honor™, SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs and
ATV Offroad Fury®2 Validate PlayStation®2 Offerings as the Best Value in Interactive Entertainment

FOSTER CITY, Calif., September 8, 2004 Demonstrating the massive appeal of the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and its software library, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. today announced five additions to its PlayStation®2 "Greatest Hits" lineup: Jak II, Ratchet & Clank®: Going Commando, Rise to Honor™, SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs and
ATV Offroad Fury®2 . Today's announcement marks a total of 87 "Greatest Hits" titles for PlayStation 2.

To qualify as a PlayStation 2 "Greatest Hit" a title must have sold 400,000 copies, proving to be a driving force in driving software sales and heightening the demand for the hardware that supports it. PlayStation 2 "Greatest Hits" games are available in stores for as low as $19.99, providing an incentive for casual gamers.

"We are proud to deliver the most impressive, compelling gaming experience to millions of consumers around the world," said Andrew House, executive vice president, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "This holiday season, we are excited to introduce our latest 'Greatest Hits' titles, presenting users with the best entertainment experience they can imagine, all while further extending the PlayStation 2 value proposition."

The success of Jak II, Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, Rise to Honor , ATV Offroad Fury 2 and SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs validate Sony Computer Entertainment America's leadership position in both the online and offline gaming market. Through games like SOCOM II and ATV Offroad Fury 2, Sony Computer Entertainment America has claimed the largest online console gaming community in North America. In fact, SOCOM II is one of the most widely played online titles, garnering more than 370,000 player hours per day. In addition, more than 30,000 simultaneous users are logging on each day, far more than any other console title on the market. SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs fans are able to access the games' online community at no extra charge, using the broadband service of their choice a feature that can only be offered by a company that's committed to providing innovative content and the greatest degree of access at the best value.

About Recently Added "Greatest Hits" Titles:

  • ATV Offroad Fury 2 provides intense, free-roaming offroad racing gameplay, packed with additional courses, large environments, extra modes, mini-games, ATVs and all-new online gameplay for an immersive racing experience.
    Rated "E" for Everyone.
  • Jak II combines adventure, action-platform, puzzles, strategy, racing and exploration into one vast, epic interactive experience. Winner of numerous awards and one of the hottest titles of the year, Jak II stuns players with its innovative character designs and animations, superior technology and spectacular graphics.
    Rated "T" for Teen.
  • Ratchet & Clank : Going Commando takes consumers on a high flying, inter-galactic, sci-fi, action-shooting adventure filled with plenty of explosions and devastation. Featuring brand new experienced-based character growth and weapons upgrade systems, beautifully diverse environments, an engaging storyline and a unique arsenal of the coolest weapons and hi-tech gadgets ever imagined .
    Rated "T" for Teen.
  • Rise to Honor represents three years of collaboration with Jet Li and acclaimed action director, Cory Yuen to produce the grand master champion of action-fighters.
    Rise to Honor incorporates a unique 360° fight system that puts players in the center of the action by allowing them to simultaneously battle multiple enemies. In addition to hand-to-hand fighting, players will engage in intense gunplay, single-player fighting sequences, contextual action and the opportunity to use single and double-stick weapons, all featuring unique and dynamic animations.
    Rated "T" for Teen.
  • SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs is one of the most popular online games of all time, selling over 900,000 copies in its first 100 days on store shelves. SOCOM II places you in the role of an elite SEAL commander whose team's orders are simple strike targets of importance within 12 all new intense international missions ranging from Algeria, Albania, Brazil and Russia.
    Rated "M" for Mature.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation and PS one game console, and the PlayStation2 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.