Tokyo Yahoo Japan Corp., Softbank Corp. and Sony Corp.'s video-game unit have agreed to jointly provide broadband network services for Sony PlayStation2 consoles.
The companies plan to start offering services in Japan such as online auctions, financial services, sports information and news by spring 2002, they said Thursday.
The services will be offered through the broadband connection of "Yahoo! BB," started in September by Yahoo Japan and Japanese Internet giant Softbank.
The PlayStation2 is designed to connect to the Internet but needs attachments that aren't yet available.
Last week, Tokyo-based Sony and a unit of telecom giant Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. said they were teaming to offer broadband services in Japan, such as downloads of music and game characters for the PlayStation2 machine.
The service from NTT Broadband Initiative, slated to begin in April, will make broadband downloads on the PlayStation2 possible. Fees for the service have not yet been decided.
The downloads for PlayStation2 also are being promised as a service to subscribers of So-net, Sony's Internet-linking provider service, starting in April.
No plans have been announced for a similar service in the United States.