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The Family Room Entertainment Box

Boot Camp feature for Friday, March 24, 2000

They aren't just playing games anymore. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a ThirdAge.com report on computers and technology. The curtain is about to go up (sound) on a new battleground in the family room. The battle is for the space next to that big screen TV. Will it belong to Sony or Microsoft or Nintendo or Sega. The new machines which will begin arriving in the United States this Fall... .will play DVD movies... .connect to the Internet... .and play a whole new breed of video games. Sega's Dreamcast has a head start on that end of the market... .(sound) but will have to add DVD capability to keep up once Sony launches the PlayStation II. And next year, Microsoft is getting in the game, so to speak, with a device it has code-named... the X Box. Microsoft's Don Coyner...

"It has a 4X DVD drive that will also play DVD movies, four game controller ports in the front, an expansion port on the back, proprietary AV connectors on the back and an Ethernet connection to allow you to use DSL or cable modem or satellite to connect to the Internet."

It should be quite a show. Microsoft and Sony going toe to toe. You can find us on the Web at ThirdAge.com. Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin for CBS News.