Sony's PlayStation 2 is officially a games console and not a computer, according to an English court judgment that denies the electronics firm a €50m (£34.2m) rebate for import duties.
Sony has been pursuing legal action for five years in attempts to have the machine classified as a "digital processing unit" and not a games console. Games machines attracted an EU import duty of 1.7 per cent in 2001, falling year by year to zero by 2004; but computers attracted no duty in that time.
i have heard that this is the exact same reason for the push on calling the PS3 a computer.
great moral business ethics Sony.
this strategy can work more with the ps3 cuz it already has linux in it
It could. Maybe. I think it hurts it's image of a game console more (gamers are getting another console because they want to play games and don't want to own a new PC kind of thing in the living room) then it helps Sony gaining a little bit of money this way with taxes.
It gives me a feeling if Sony has lack of money, solvability and liquidity of money must be a problem. That's not a good sign with an expensive to produce PSZero with much loss on every console. If BetaBluRay would fail to get standard, then the problems of Sony can get really bad. They could go bankrupt over this big bet and that's not very wise of them
Does this mean that Sony owe money on some sort of taxes over the years.
32 million dollars worth.