Sony Makes Even Skinner PS2, Cuts US PS3 RRP

Still showing love to the older generation, but not Europe.

It appears there is still life in the older console generations this week as Sony shows it can be kind to OAPs.

The king of proprietary has revised the PlayStation 2 for a second time after making changes which will cut its weight by one third to a positively UMPC-esque ”600 grams”. The power adaptor has also been on the treadmill shedding 100g to barely tip the scales at 250g.

Sony didn’t disclose exact details of what had changed inside the console to achieve such a dramatic weight loss (the exterior remains unaltered) but the chief reason is believed to be a reduction in parts according to Japan’s Nikkei Business Daily newspaper. The positive news is that this featherweight edition will also be cheaper to make as a result so we should be hopeful of seeing some further/final(?) PS2 price drops in the near future.

In related news Sony has also finally confirmed that it will be slashing the price of the PlayStation 3 by $100 in the US taking it down to a palatable $499 (roughly £250). Despite this new RRP being nearly half the UK’s £415 asking price Sony has yet to confirm if we will see similar generosity – but it should expect a serious backlash if we don’t get it now…

”’Update:”’ The $100 PS3 price drop was to accommodate the arrival of the $599 80GB PS3 which Sony has announced today. With no plans for the 80GBer to arrive in the UK at present it has to place question marks over a reduction to the £415 RRP…

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