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November 14 2006

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STEP INTO THE SPOTLIGHT WITH SINGSTAR™ ROCKS! FOR PLAYSTATION®2

Battle on the Microphones Alongside Contemporary and Classic Artists Such as Fall Out Boy, Coldplay, Gwen Stefani, Aretha Franklin, and More

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Nov. 14, 2006

STEP INTO THE SPOTLIGHT WITH SINGSTAR™ ROCKS! FOR PLAYSTATION®2

Battle on the Microphones Alongside Contemporary and Classic Artists Such as Fall Out Boy, Coldplay, Gwen Stefani, Aretha Franklin, and More

FOSTER CITY, Calif., November 14, 2006 – Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) announced today the release of SingStar Rocks!, available exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.  Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s London Studio, SingStar Rocks! is an innovative new title that invites players to step into the spotlight and exercise their vocal chords in an engaging, social experience that encourages even the shyest singer to unleash their inner rock star.

SingStar Rocks! is a hip, competitive singing game with a sophisticated interface featuring real songs and music videos from original artists. SingStar Rocks! comes packed with two microphones that plug into PlayStation 2™ via a special SingStar USB converter, offering an instant multi-player experience.  Unlike any other singing game on the market, SingStar technology analyzes the player’s vocal skills, based on their pitch, tone and rhythm and provides feedback based on how well or badly they have sung. The game is also compatible with the EyeToy® camera allowing players to actually see themselves singing within the game.

“Because SingStar Rocks! features actual songs and videos recorded by popular artists, it adds an element of realism never before seen in a singing game,” said Sarah Stocker, Senior Producer, SCEA.  “Couple that authenticity with the wide variety of songs and adjustable levels of difficulty in SingStar Rocks!, and you have the perfect party game for any get-together.”

Whether hosting a girls night in, or meeting up after a night on the town,
SingStar Rocks! serves as the perfect game to keep the party going, with an addictive multiplayer experience for up to eight players.  Battle Mode enables two players to challenge each other and sing for the highest scores, while the Duet Mode calls for two players to each sing one vocal part of a duet, and then combines their scores into a total. “Pass The Mic” team games, featuring a variety of different singing challenges – solo rounds, combined duets, medleys and surprise singer selections – ensure that everyone at the party has a chance to show off their superb singing skills.

SingStar Rocks! features 30 fully licensed music tracks from a wide variety of artists and also includes footage of the original videos for each song.  The songs span several genres from chart-topping rock, pop, hip-hop and legendary artists, including Fall Out Boy, Gwen Stefani, Coldplay, Jet, Scorpions, KT Tunstall, The Killers, Blur, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and many others.  Players can save their favorite performances to Memory Card for future playback, and customize and enhance playback with numerous audio effects.

Marketing Support

SCEA will support SingStar Rocks!  with a national television and online advertising campaign, national promotional tour featuring a SingStar Rocks! branded van and trial kiosks, dedicated point-of-purchase displays and merchandising support, broad-based public relations support, and an immersive and interactive Web site.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated Singstar Rocks! "E-10+" for "Everyone 10 and older.”  For more information about the ESRB visit www.esrb.org.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PS one™ game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP®(PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system and the upcoming, much-anticipated PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.

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 PS one game console, PlayStation 2™ computer entertainment system and PSP™ handheld entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif.  Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as regional headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

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