As rumored earlier this month, a slimmed-down version of the PlayStation 2 is in the works for release later this fall. Sony Computer Entertainment revealed the new model, SCPH-70000CB, which will see release on November 1 in North America and Europe, followed by a November 3 release in Japan.
The new console will be “open priced” in Japan, without a suggested retail price point. In North America, it will carry a suggested price of $149, while in Europe it will be priced at 149 euros (about $180).
The new PS2 cuts the volume of the hardware by 75%, knocking its thickness from 7.8 centimeters to 2.8 centimeters, and cuts its height by a bit as well, although it still features a similar “bookend” design. Despite that reduction in volume, however, the new model integrates the PlayStation 2 network hardware — heretofore only available as a separate peripheral — into the console.
It’s also not clear whether the new PS2 will be able to accomodate the HDD hard drive peripheral — Sony’s announcement makes no mention of the drive, which is required for Square Enix’s online RPG Final Fantasy XI.
If it’s not too pricey, i think I might venture into the world of gaming choice…..
…. even though an emulator is the answer to all my problems..
Hmm.. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this. On one hand it does look quite cool and compact. Then again something that attracted me to the PS2 was it’s strong design. They could have done something different rather than stuffing it in the metaphorical washing machine to shrink it. :)