Sony Computer Entertainment, Tokyo, is running into some glitches with its much ballyhooed new PlayStation 2, even though it sold more than 1 million of the new game consoles within 12 days of launch. The most serious setback came from reports that users may be able to alter PS2 to play DVDs from overseas. This would violate an international copyright agreement made to ensure that DVD players made for a certain market can play only videodiscs made for sale in that market. Other problems, including an admission from Sony that some games for the original PlayStation can't be played properly on the $300-plus PS2 as promised, have led to Sony's share price falling in both Tokyo and New York. PS2 is set to hit the U.S. and European markets later this year.
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