Sony unveil PS2 videophone

No longer will you be able to answer the phone while just wearing your pants

Sony's dream of a PlayStation-powered digital home is another step closer with news of a system that converts PlayStation 2 into a videophone.

At the sexily-titled IPv6 Business Summit 2004, which has just taken place in Tokyo, Sony demo'd a PS2 linked with a USB camera sending live video communication over the net.

However, the technology requires Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), the next incarnation of the networking protocol that forms the basis of the net, although at present IPv4 is still the most widely-used protocol. Hardware-wise, the necessary peripherals are already available in the shape of Sony's EyeToy USB camera and Sony's broadband Network Adaptor.

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