CES 09: Audiovox Puts PlayStation 2s In Your Car, Dawg

Yo, dawg, Audiovox heard you like the PlayStation 2 and car ownership. So it co-branded with Sony on a PlayStation 2 for your car so you can play games while you drive.

Announced at today's Audiovox press conference at CES, the new entertainment system featuring an integrated PlayStation 2 and 16-channel wireless FM modulator is the first of its kind. Or so the press release says.

The premier model features a 16:9 aspect ratio, widescreen 10.2" display in an overhead drop down configuration, one that comes bundled with a wireless DVD remote, two wireless infrared headphones and two wireless PS2 controllers. A second dome-style version, sans screen, will also be offered.

A third model, designed for mobile video systems already integrated into car seat headrests, will also be available. And no, your eyes don't deceive you. That is a copy of ICO being played on the back of headrest. Someone at the Audiovox art department has taste!

Gaze at a bigger photo of the thing at Gizmodo or read on for the press release.

Audiovox Expands In-Car Mobile Entertainment Options Featuring PlayStation(R)2 Systems

New mobile entertainment systems from industry leader Audiovox extend the PlayStation experience beyond living room and handheld platforms to the streets and highways across the United States

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Audiovox Corporation (Nasdaq: VOXX) today announced the industry's first rear-seat, mobile entertainment system featuring a fully integrated PlayStation2 computer entertainment system. Leading the trend of mobile entertainment integration, Audiovox will unveil the new system along with concept models featuring PlayStation(R)2 systems at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, January 8-11, 2009, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The premier model debuting at the show is an all-in-one, overhead drop down system that combines the best of Audiovox's overhead DVD players with the added benefit of a built-in, fully integrated PlayStation 2 system and a 16-channel wireless FM modulator. This model features a full color 16:9 widescreen 10.2 inch display. The system will come with a variety of accessories, including a wireless DVD remote control, two fold-flat wireless IR headphones and two wireless game controllers.

"PlayStation is one of the most respected brands worldwide and has built PlayStation 2 into one of the leading entertainment choices for people of all ages," said Tom Malone, President of Audiovox Electronics Corp. "Audiovox is the undisputed leader in mobile video and has been since the category's inception. By combining our resources, consumers will benefit from a more complete mobile entertainment solution, and we will open up new channels to grow our sales and increase our presence at retail and in the automotive markets we serve."

Along with the premier model, Audiovox also plans to offer two additional systems: a drop down style PlayStation 2 without screen that has PlayStation 2 system built into the overhead unit with dome lights. The entertainment system allows users to simply tuck PlayStation 2 into the overhead for easy use. The system is compatible and plays through most factory and aftermarket headrest DVD mobile video systems. An additional option for consumers is a system that integrates PlayStation 2 into a Quick Connect Headrest Bracket for quick and easy mounting in most vehicles. It too is compatible and plays through most factory or aftermarket headrest or overhead mobile video systems.

For more information on Audiovox Corporation, please visit www.audiovox.com, or stop by the Audiovox booth (Central No. 10506, Central No. 11006) at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show, the world's largest tradeshow for consumer technology at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

About Audiovox

Audiovox (Nasdaq: VOXX) is a recognized leader in the marketing of automotive entertainment, vehicle security and remote start systems, consumer electronics products and consumer electronics accessories. The company is number one in mobile video and places in the top ten of almost every category that it sells. Among the lines marketed by Audiovox are its mobile electronics products including mobile video systems, auto sound systems including satellite radio, vehicle security and remote start systems; consumer electronics products such as MP3 players, digital camcorders, DVRs, clock radios, portable DVD players, portable GPS, flat-panel TVs, extended range two-way radios, multimedia products like digital picture frames and home and portable stereos; consumer electronics accessories such as indoor/outdoor antennas, connectivity products, headphones, speakers, wireless solutions, remote controls, power & surge protectors and media cleaning & storage devices; Energizer-branded products for rechargeable batteries and battery packs for camcorders, cordless phones, digital cameras and DVD players, as well as for power supply systems, automatic voltage regulators and surge protectors. The company markets its products through an extensive distribution network that includes power retailers, 12-volt specialists, mass merchandisers and an OE sales group. The company markets products under the Audiovox, RCA, Jensen, Acoustic Research, Energizer, Advent, Code Alarm, TERK, Prestige and SURFACE brands. For additional information, visit our Web site at www.audiovox.com.

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