In Japan wel te verstaan. Ik ben benieuwd of In ons landje de mensen ook uren in de kou gaan liggen voor de nieuwe entertainement system van Sony...Reuters is reporting that PlayStation2 fever swept Japan today as thousands of excited game fans who had braved the cold and queued through the night rushed to get their hands on Sony's new dream machine as stores opened. At 7 a.m., video game shops in Tokyo pulled up their shutters to reveal stacks of gleaming blue PlayStation2 boxes and let the eager but orderly crowds in to claim their consoles, one of the most hotly hyped electronic gadgets in history. ``Cold, tired, excited,'' said U.S. air force enlisted man Dan Champion, describing his emotions as he emerged from one store clutching a box. Many game fanatics, including some who traveled thousands of miles from Europe and North America, had camped out for two nights in Tokyo's Akihabara electronics district to make sure they would be one of the first lucky owners. The object of their desire, priced at around $360, is a console that many analysts say takes home entertainment to a new dimension with life-like animation and the capacity to play DVDs and surf the net. Its ``emotion engine'' processor has been billed as creating film-like quality, enabling it to depict the most subtle images and movements from hair blowing in the wind to sparks flying from the undercarriage of speeding race cars. ``The turnout is definitely above expectations. We've worked all night to ensure a smooth launch, but compared to Windows 95, when we had 500 to 600 customers lining up, this time seems to be four times as many,'' said Matsuda Nobiyuki, a spokesman for Sofmap, a big electronics shop in Akihabara. To ensure no one would be disappointed, customers were limited to one console each. PlayStation2 is due to be launched in the United States and Europe late this year.