Sony Announces New PS2 Bundle

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vansau:
Sony Announces New PS2 Bundle

It's tempting to write off the PS2 as a hopelessly-outdated system, but I have a number of friends who still get a lot of fun out of the console, especially when they're using it for party games or playing some of the more iconic titles like God of War and the Jak & Daxter series. For $99, the bundle is certainly a solid deal.

Source: Eurogamer

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What about Ratchet and Clank? Best PS2 game series.

I still have a PS2 plugged into my tv. FFX, FFXII, Jak 2&3 + R&C are all still on the rotation.

Gotta love R&C

Not a bad deal I guess. The PS2 is still suprisingly quite popular. I still buy games for it.

Soviet Heavy:
Good. I need a new PS2 after my old one got cookie crumbles in the drive somehow.

Might want to get that checked out for invading Cookie Monsters. They can be a real bitch to get rid of.

Not G. Ivingname:
Sounds like a good deal, but could they of picked a better game then Toy Story 3? I loved the movie but even Pixar tie in games are terrible.

Apparently this particular game was quite good.

I would buy a new PS2 if the one I have now stops working, so only good that I have the option.

$99 for a PS2 and Toy Story 3? That's not great...

I love the PS2 and all my favorite games are from that console, but, $99 is way too high a price in my opinion.

Good for Sony, though.

Shame they didn't make it the fat model. :(

Nice to see they're still trying to keep it alive, I don't know what I'll do if that PS2 game playing device for the PS3 they patented has region protection on it.

Crunchy English:
On the one hand, companies supporting their old products is something we don't see enough of in technology-based indsutries. Kudos to Sony for realizing that yesterday's customers are no less valuable than today's. PS2 games are still being played, so PS2 Consoles should still be produced new if possible, albeit in smaller amounts. Nothing is worse than telling someone that the AC Adapter to their N64 is going to be difficult to replace after their cat ate the cable.

On the other hand, if Sony could just have found a way to keep backwards compaitbility in the PS3 at an affordable price, none of this would be necessary profitable.

Fix'd that for you.

OT: I love all my PS2 games. It's just a crying shame I have to switch out my PS3 for the PS2 whenever I want to play some Jak & Daxter or old-school Ratchet and Clank. I still have one fo the launch model PS2's, and it has never, ever died on me, still works fine to this day. In contrast, both my 360 and PS3 have kicked the bucket since I got them, one of them 3 days after purchase. No joke.

PS2 for the win.

I hate the fact that the PS2 is this successful. Don't get me wrong its probably one of the greatest consoles of all time, but the fact that Sony dropped BC for PS2 games on the PS3 so that they could profit more with the PS2 is just........argh!

:(

Treblaine:

Not G. Ivingname:
Sounds like a good deal, but could they of picked a better game then Toy Story 3? I loved the movie but even Pixar tie in games are terrible.

Apparently this particular game was quite good.

Really? I been trying to find the Metacritic rating for the PS2 versian to no avial.

Though the rest of the versians are in the mid 70's range, which is far better then the 42 given to Walle.

From a Business standpoint the removal of PS3 back-compat. makes much sense, because of what we are reading here: many people still play and are willing to buy a PS2.

Also, we must not forget that there are diferent markets all over the world. Many parents buy PS2 for their yonger kids, there is a large variety of party and junior games available. People with less income started gaming more often due to the lower console and game prices. In South America, for ex., the console sells very well.

All in all, its wonderfull to see an older console still having such support, i own a PS3 and a Xbox360, but i still buy PS2 games. It makes me happy the PS2 was the greatest gaming investment i have ever made, in terms of bang-for-the-buck ofc.

P.S.- talking about different markets and consumer needs, a fun\sad fact: Eastern Europe skipped the NES generation due to the Iron Curtain, but still gamers found a way, in pirate systems.

Behold: The Ending-Man!

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I like this idea, but I want them to re-release the PS1 so that I don't have to buy a new one every two months because the ones I buy are half broke to start with.

Not G. Ivingname:

Treblaine:

Not G. Ivingname:
Sounds like a good deal, but could they of picked a better game then Toy Story 3? I loved the movie but even Pixar tie in games are terrible.

Apparently this particular game was quite good.

Really? I been trying to find the Metacritic rating for the PS2 versian to no avial.

Though the rest of the versians are in the mid 70's range, which is far better then the 42 given to Walle.

It's a good bundle game as it's Familiar to adults (Pixar) with no ambiguity that the content isn't suitable for kids. This seems like a good review:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rVWc83JpEU

Seems like a good starter game for kids who might be new to gaming.

I also think that $99 is the sweet spot. Any less than that for a tech product like a console and unless I knew better (and as the average parent I wouldn't about video games consoles) I'd think I'm getting some cheap tat. Either add more stuff (more games, extra controller, etc), but don't sell for less than $99.

Actually for $99 that would be my complaint, it should come with two controllers and two games. Then it would be ideal. Only the problem is there are so few games being released for PS2, this year only a handfull of mainly Sports games that are little more than token updates of last year's game with new stats.

PS2 is on it's last legs, buying one now one better not expect many if any new releases.

My PS3 sat in its box under my bed for months, before I finally sold it. Until and unless the PS3 gets a kick-ass exclusive title, my PS2 is the only Sony I need in my life. :)

Not G. Ivingname:
Sounds like a good deal, but could they of picked a better game then Toy Story 3? I loved the movie but even Pixar tie in games are terrible.

Believe it or not, they did a good job on Toy Story 3.

LightspeedJack:
Come on Sony let it die. Put PS2 games on the PSN Store and I will be happy.

shadowstriker86:
or here's an idea: make ps2 games downloadable on the psn!

Not possible, PS3 lacks PS2 backwards compatibility.

Cleril:

LightspeedJack:
Come on Sony let it die. Put PS2 games on the PSN Store and I will be happy.

shadowstriker86:
or here's an idea: make ps2 games downloadable on the psn!

Not possible, PS3 lacks PS2 backwards compatibility.

That's the point of putting them in the store....

So is this the real reason they scrapped BC? They still think there are sales in the old system?

ianrocks6495:

Cleril:

LightspeedJack:
Come on Sony let it die. Put PS2 games on the PSN Store and I will be happy.

shadowstriker86:
or here's an idea: make ps2 games downloadable on the psn!

Not possible, PS3 lacks PS2 backwards compatibility.

That's the point of putting them in the store....

I don't see how making PS2 software digital will make it run on the PS3. :P

I'd buy it if only to play Kingdom Hearts over again along with The Getaway and a number of other playstation titles. Given that the PS3 isn't backwards compatible, I can't play these games. Which is a point I have to give to the 360, although the games you can play may end up with bugs and other issues... At least you can play them.

Zachary Amaranth:
So is this the real reason they scrapped BC? They still think there are sales in the old system?

And they are possibly right. The PS2 has a large library of games which are enjoyed by a lot. To some people there's a lot of nostalgia value there. The PS2 is nearly ten years old, which means quite a few people (mainly teens) will have grown up on that console and would probably like to play some of the older games. I think there's still quite a lot of power left in the PS2 if only for nostalgia reasons.

I think the main reason why the PS2 still sells strong and the reason the Xbox is now considered obsolete is mainly because the PS3 has no backwards compatibility for the PS2 while the 360 does (to a certain extent). One could say that Sony planned this and if they did, smart move, if not.. Lucky move.

Sovvolf:

Zachary Amaranth:
So is this the real reason they scrapped BC? They still think there are sales in the old system?

And they are possibly right. The PS2 has a large library of games which are enjoyed by a lot. To some people there's a lot of nostalgia value there. The PS2 is nearly ten years old, which means quite a few people (mainly teens) will have grown up on that console and would probably like to play some of the older games. I think there's still quite a lot of power left in the PS2 if only for nostalgia reasons.

I think the main reason why the PS2 still sells strong and the reason the Xbox is now considered obsolete is mainly because the PS3 has no backwards compatibility for the PS2 while the 360 does (to a certain extent). One could say that Sony planned this and if they did, smart move, if not.. Lucky move.

I don't think they started off that way, but I suspect them retracting BC may have been intentional after the fact. So I think it may be a combination of smarts and luck.

then again, I'm guessing. This just seems like suspect timing. Coincidence is not proof.

I'm wondering if BC is dead in the water for next gen.

Cleril:

LightspeedJack:
Come on Sony let it die. Put PS2 games on the PSN Store and I will be happy.

shadowstriker86:
or here's an idea: make ps2 games downloadable on the psn!

Not possible, PS3 lacks PS2 backwards compatibility.

if people can make portable dreamcasts, then they can make it so

shadowstriker86:

Cleril:

LightspeedJack:
Come on Sony let it die. Put PS2 games on the PSN Store and I will be happy.

shadowstriker86:
or here's an idea: make ps2 games downloadable on the psn!

Not possible, PS3 lacks PS2 backwards compatibility.

if people can make portable dreamcasts, then they can make it so

Not unless they rebuild and recode the PS3.

Cleril:

shadowstriker86:

Cleril:

LightspeedJack:
Come on Sony let it die. Put PS2 games on the PSN Store and I will be happy.

shadowstriker86:
or here's an idea: make ps2 games downloadable on the psn!

Not possible, PS3 lacks PS2 backwards compatibility.

if people can make portable dreamcasts, then they can make it so

Not unless they rebuild and recode the PS3.

The firmware exists. A couple of older PS3 models did have backwards compatibility.

llafnwod:

Cleril:

shadowstriker86:

Cleril:

LightspeedJack:
Come on Sony let it die. Put PS2 games on the PSN Store and I will be happy.

shadowstriker86:
or here's an idea: make ps2 games downloadable on the psn!

Not possible, PS3 lacks PS2 backwards compatibility.

if people can make portable dreamcasts, then they can make it so

Not unless they rebuild and recode the PS3.

The firmware exists. A couple of older PS3 models did have backwards compatibility.

Suppose but even then the PS2 games that are backwards compatible have numerous new bugs from it so the code isn't well done enough.

Cleril:

llafnwod:

Cleril:

shadowstriker86:

Cleril:

LightspeedJack:
Come on Sony let it die. Put PS2 games on the PSN Store and I will be happy.

shadowstriker86:
or here's an idea: make ps2 games downloadable on the psn!

Not possible, PS3 lacks PS2 backwards compatibility.

if people can make portable dreamcasts, then they can make it so

Not unless they rebuild and recode the PS3.

The firmware exists. A couple of older PS3 models did have backwards compatibility.

Suppose but even then the PS2 games that are backwards compatible have numerous new bugs from it so the code isn't well done enough.

My friend owns one of these models. Neither of us have ever had a problem with the upwards of a dozen games we've played under backwards compatibility, including FFVII, a PS1 game. There are certainly known kinks, but the feature was not removed from newer models because it was buggy.

So this is what it looks like when you try to sell a console 5 years past its prime.
Kind of reminds me of the early 90s and when they made the NES that copied the SNES design scheme.

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