Sony will launch an online gaming network in Europe in the spring for its PlayStation 2 game console, the company said Thursday.
Console makers such as Sony and Microsoft are making a big push into online gaming just as home penetration of high-speed broadband access has begun to hit a critical mass.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe said Thursday it will begin selling "a broadband gaming pack" for about $70 (44.95 pounds) in the United Kingdom.

The pack will include a game, a start-up disc and an Ethernet adapter to make the top-selling PS2 console Internet-ready.

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