WSJ.com - Sony Offers Peek at PlayStation 3 As Videogame Battle Heats Up: "The Japanese electronics giant showed the PlayStation 3 -- a sleek, curved box in white, silver and black -- on a movie production stage here in advance of the E3 game expo. The company said the console will be released in spring 2006 but didn't specify a sale price. That release date will be months after Microsoft Corp. releases the Xbox 360, its next-generation videogame console.
Sony said its new console will permit a range of multimedia functions, including downloading of music, movies and videoconferencing. The console will be able to play games from both the original PlayStation and PlayStation 2, Sony said."