Something for the games fan who has everything
Saturday 01 April 2000
It's the Holy Grail of games consoles. But it has been found, in the murky depths of Colindale, north-west London. Go to a shopping centre called Oriental City, and you could be the proud owner of a brand new Sony PlayStation 2 console, one of the most sought-after pieces of consumer equipment in the world.
There's one big drawback: it could cost you between £700 and £1,000, four times the expected price when the British version is released in September.
Currently only officially available in Japan, Sony's new machine sold out within days of its first appearance on 4 February: the company said that one million were sold in the first week. There, they cost Â¥39,600 (about £230), and it is rumoured that Japanese customs and shipping companies are refusing to allow the export of the machines or related equipment.
However some are now on show in a shop at Oriental City, Colindale, a popular shopping centre with the local Japanese community. Yussuf Mowlah, manager of the shop, QTEC Systems, would not say how he got his hands on his consignment, and admits the consoles are costly. "Our main aim is not to actually sell them," he said. "We thought it would be nice for people to see something unique. They come in and they are shocked to see it."
A spokesman for Sony admitted: "It's not illegal to bring the machines here" and added that the company had no power to prevent their sale.
But besides the price, there are several drawbacks that could make it more tempting to wait for the British launch. The warranty will not be valid here, and games released here will not work on the Japanese version. Nor will the machine's DVD player play American or European films - at least, not without a special code.
And for obvious reasons, the consoles' instructions will be in Japanese - as will the games and their instructions.
As Voltaire once said, “Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal”
'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
West poised to join forces with Assad in face of Islamic State
Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'
James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – as hunt begins for killer
ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 1 Mother fed her daughter tapeworms to make her skinny for beauty pageant
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 Crystal Palace next manager latest: Palace consider Ally McCoist - EXCLUSIVE
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 5 Tim Sherwood column: 'It started as a three-horse race but turned into the Grand National'
£18000 - £30000 per annum + uncapped: SThree: Do you feel you sales role is li...
£20000 - £45000 per annum + uncapped: SThree: Key featuresA highly motivated ...
£30000 - £35000 Per Annum + 25 days holiday and bonus: Clearwater People Solut...
Highly Competitive Salary + Commission: Austen Lloyd: BRISTOL BASED - DEALING ...