Sony Launching Low-Priced PlayStation 2 in 2008

Sony Launching Low-Priced PlayStation 2 in 2008

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Sony is employing an unexpected tactic in its struggle with rival console makers Nintendo and Microsoft by launching a new, low-priced version of the PlayStation 2 in the new year.

The system, set to hit the market in early 2008, is expected to retail for $99 in North America. The reduced price will come largely as the result of the system's built-in power supply, which will allow Sony to manufacture the unit more cheaply. The current "slim" PlayStation 2 model requires an external power supply, resulting in higher production costs.

The news follows reports of a new PlayStation 3 model for North America and Europe, which is also being sold at a reduced price. Among other changes in the design, the new PlayStation 3 will not include backwards compatibility with PlayStation 2 games, a decision expected to help keep the PlayStation 2 viable as a separate platform.

The console, which celebrated the seventh anniversary of its North American release in late October, has sold over 120 million units worldwide since launch. In an interview with MCV, Sony Computer Entertainment of America Vice President Peter Dille said, "PS2 is a perfect example of our ten year product life-cycle promise and is a testament to the design and technology that continues to be at the core of the product. We're very excited for its future."

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Proof that game play tops graphics.

Rigs83:
Proof that game play tops graphics.

Emails your comment to 2007:

To: Rigs83
From:Svenparty
Re:New Ps2

Yeah it does I cannot wait to see what 2008 and 2009 hold for us how about Glowing Puppies and games where Stalin fights Martians!

Wow! A blast from the past!

Since this news the PS2 got at least 2 new price cuts!(I think....or is it just one?)

Rigs83:
Proof that game play tops graphics.

Proof that a necro is still a necro...

I can't believe it took 2 years for people to comment on this. I thought the PS2 was $99 again? (The slim one anyways).

megapenguinx:
I can't believe it took 2 years for people to comment on this. I thought the PS2 was $99 again? (The slim one anyways).

It is, but 99 dollars now is less than 99 dollars then...

Wow you win the thread necro award. Ha PS2, we at Target recently discontinued them....

i've had 2 and they both broke

>:(

btw nice to see some grave robbing about here, livens it up to get the occasional blast from the past, and comment on old news lol

Proof that the PS2 is awesome.

SICK0_ZER0:

btw nice to see some grave robbing about here, livens it up to get the occasional blast from the past, and comment on old news lol

Sure it's good that people use the search button. But news from a couple years ago? There's not even anything more to say! =P

Jesus. Almost two years.

Hmmm. Well, at least the necromancer in this case was trying to give the thread some love, as it seems no one else commented on it before.

Oh well! At least now you can get a PS2 for really cheap prices. It was the KING of it's time...

I actually bought a PS2 game today. Grandia 2. Tracked it down at last...

Long live the best RPG console ever!

I was going to say something like "Wow, they're cutting the price again? Who doesn't already have a PS2 these days?" But then saw that the thread is ancient.

 

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