America Online, the world’s leading interface services company, announced that it is participating in a demonstration of a comprehensive broadband service for the PlayStation 2 system that shows AOL’s ability to bring its complete entertainment offering into the living room. The demonstration features a range of exclusive and original programming including games, music, movies, television, and radio, as well as “AIM Talk”, an application that allows PS2 owners with a headset to communicate using AOL Instant Messenger on either the PS2 or on a PC. Building upon an existing relationship between AOL and Sony, the demonstration will show the capabilities present in the internal hard disk drive for the PlayStation 2.
Mathew Bromberg, VP and General Manager of AOL Games remarked, “Together with Electronic Arts, we already provide the leading web-based playable games offerings to new platforms to help redefine how entertainment, communication, and gaming can come together in completely new ways.”
Amidst the full broadband entertainment offering available, of particular not is some original game programming that represents a new approach for AOL Games. The first installment of the “AOL Players Club” features in-game footage of AOL members executing their best moves in Sony’s Computer Entertainment America “The Getaway,” complete with music and voice over commentary. The program is the first of many to come from a joint production deal that AOL signed with g-NET, a pioneer in the creation of broadband programming for the gaming audience. AOL’s original games programming continues the momentum established by existing programming franchises like First Play, which offers exclusive premieres of the most anticipated video game demos, and Inside the Game, which features exclusive access to music, video, photos and cheat codes from today’s hottest new game releases.