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Sony finds new use for PS2 hardware, at least in UK

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Despite the Playstation 2 having reached its tenth birthday earlier this year, Sony just introduced a brand-new product featuring the console in the U.K.

The Playstation 2, over its lifetime, has achieved a level of market penetration that most gaming systems past and present can only dream of. That said, it's now over 10 years old. Many gamers and industry observers have been wondering when Sony will finally abandon the PS2 the way Microsoft abandoned the original Xbox. According to news out of the U.K., Sony's not done with the previous-generation console just yet.

Just announced, the BRAVIA KDL-22PX300 HDTV is a 22" television with a Playstation 2 console integrated into its base. A 22-inch screen isn't much to talk about in today's large-screen environment, but integrating a gaming console into the unit is (clearly) the main draw. In giving the TV as PS2 for its base, consumers get the following:

  • 720p display
  • 4 HDMI ports
  • 2 digital optical audio outputs
  • Mini-jack headphone port
  • 3 USB ports
  • 2 Cat 5e Ethernet ports
  • SVGA input
  • Component video input

Arguably an impressive package for its £199 retail price. The clear market here, based on the size of the display, would be for small home offices where consumers would want the ability for a little diversion, but especially kids bedrooms. That said, given the millions of PS2 console already on the market, are consumers really looking for another PS2 product?

Time, of course, will tell. HULIQ finds the BRAVIA KDL-22PX300 actually quite surprising--puzzling even--despite the ongoing signs that Sony is not ready to ditch its PS2 hardware. It stands to reason that Sony would generate far greater revenue by reopening backwards compatibility on the PS3, either via software emulation, or heavily marketing recompiled digital downloads of PS2 titles. Unfortunately for gamers desiring such a move, this new TV is a sign that day remains far off in the future.

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