March 31, 2009
| by Arlen Schweiger
Looking to add a gaming console to your entertainment or home theater setup but not quite ready to spring $400 on a PlayStation 3? Or maybe you already have a standalone Blu-ray player and just want games?
Sony’s dropping the price on its previous iteration of the popular console, the PlayStation 2, to $99.99. Sure, it’s a little less frilly than the PS3, but at a quarter of the price it’s not a bad entree into the world of gaming.
Sony confirmed the PS2 price drop after a tipster gave Joystiq (via Yahoo) wind of what was going on.
Look for the price decrease in the first week of April. For those hoping that the PlayStation 3, with its built-in Blu-ray drive, would be more palatable to purchase at a lower amount, Sony says don’t hold your breath. The company denied price drop rumors, saying “We do not have plans for a PS3 price drop, and any rumors to that effect are false and are the result of speculation.”
Well, anyway, the sleek PS2 won’t take up much room in your equipment rack, it’ll play your DVDs and CDs, it’s got a couple of memory card slots, and you can partake in network-enabled games. And, of course, bundles and bundles of other games available, probably a bunch of which you can grab at bargain web prices (and used).
So are you going to bite on this new price?
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.