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Sony announces online gaming and open-source assaults for PlayStation 2, and Microsoft is on the receiving end of customer complaints related to its Xbox console.

Sony announces moves to online gaming and open-source programming for PlayStation 2, and Microsoft is on the receiving end of customer complaints related to its Xbox console.

Sony starts selling Linux kit for PS2
The company hopes that with the kit for the PlayStation 2, hobbyists who tinker with the gaming console can become top-notch game designers.
March 7, 2002

Holes found in Sony's online game plan
Analysts wonder whether the company's business plan for bringing online access to its PlayStation 2 console will pay for software developers.
March 7, 2002

Xbox trouble tests Microsoft support
The software giant is scrambling to placate Japanese customers complaining about the company's Xbox video game console scratching game and movie discs.
March 7, 2002

Microsoft addresses Japan Xbox gripes
After complaints about scratched discs in its game console, the company offers to repair or replace any defective products. "We do not consider this a recall," Microsoft says.
March 7, 2002

PlayStation 2 getting online options
The electronics giant takes its next strategic step in the U.S. video game market, saying it will launch online services for its market-leading PlayStation 2 in August.
March 7, 2002