Sony’s Dream World Comes to Europe

Having tested the waters with smaller, more focussed events such as The PlayStation Experience in London, the Sony group of companies will be showcasing their entire entertainment offering at the Sony Dream World exhibition in Paris this weekend.

The two-day event will feature Sony’s main consumer divisions: Sony, Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

This is the second Dream World event – the first, last September in Yokohama, attracted 50,000 visitors.

Expected highlights of the show will be the European debut of the SDR-4X bipedal robot, the new Blue-ray disc recorder and the latest addition to the popular Clié PDA range, the PEG-UX50 with integrated wi-fi and Bluetooth to add to the ranges already solid multimedia capabilities.

The PSX, the PlayStation “2.5” will be seen for the first time outside Japan – a true convergent appliance, the PSX features a TIVO-like hard disk recorder for storing off-the-air and home video, as well as the established DVD-playing and games console functions.

Of special interest to the is the Network Media Receiver, a device for streaming video content around the home, and the PC-TV – a combined device that lets viewers browse the web and use a PC, but which is still a fully functional TV.

Sony hopes that the 7000m2 exhibition at the Palais des Congrès will capture the lifestyle of their customers and demonstrate how their products integrate into digital life.

Sony Music artists will be performing at the event – Galleon, Cedric Atlan, Julie Zenatti, Anne Warin and Dadoo. They must be popular in France, because we’ve never heard of them. Well, that’s the excuse we’re using.

Details of the programme of events and ticket information are available from

Press release:
Images from Sony Dream World 2002:

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Fraser Lovatt

Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?