It's all pretty murky, but in our more lucid moments we can just about remember what a PlayStation 2 looks like - so it's strange to hear that Sony has now announced a television with one of its old machines built-in.
We have been trying to see where the market for this product will be and we're stumped. Surely those people who have a large stash of PlayStation 2 games, which of course they can't play on their shiny new PlayStation3s (unless you own one from before 2008 that is), would still have the original PS2 should they feel the need for a bit of nostalgia and want to play Pro Evolution when it was still a good game.
Another way to think about this announcement would be to say that Sony might have a lot of spare PS2 tech just hanging around the Sony factory and someone came up with the great idea of sticking it into a Bravia shell and calling it a new innovation. Though that is cynical and we would never be cynical of course.
If we look beyond the PS2 factor, the TV itself, despite looking god awful, has pretty good specs for the low price of £200. You will get 720p resolution on the 22in screen, four HDMI ports, three USB ports, VGA, Component-video ports, a built-in Freeview tuner and an Ethernet socket. You will of course also be able to watch DVDs through the PS2. While the TV itself is HD ready, the games played on the PS2 will only be played in standard def – which kinda shows how far back the PS2 technology goes.
So overall it’s not a bad piece of technology but the inclusion of the PS2 is hardly going to entice many people to part with £200 but I suppose it is just one more thing Sony can say they have done.