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Our thanks to Register reader Matt for pointing out the uncanny similarity between Sony's cutting-edge PlayStation 2 and home computer pioneer Atari's never-shipped Falcon 040 from 1993. Atari Falcon 040The Falcon 040 was the follow-up to the Falcon 030, adding a 32-bit bus, Motorola 68040 CPU, and an alternative casing to the ST styling of the 030. Apparently, Atari only ever constructed a small number of Falcon 040. The machine never saw full-scale production -- Atari instead chose to focus its efforts on the ill-fated Jaguar games console. Sony PlayStation 2The similarity between the Falcon 040's styling and that of the PlayStation 2 is clear, even if the Sony machine comes in black -- its internals are obviously very different. Both are designed to lie flat or stand on their edges. ®

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