Sony drops PS2 price and more...
As expected and awaited for quite some time, Sony has finally announced a drastic price drop of not only the PS2, but the PSOne as well. Originally expected to occur during last year's holiday Thanksgiving rush, Sony has made it official that the PS2 (effective immediately) will now retail for a suggested $199.99; a hefty $100 price-tag drop. This now puts Sony and Nintendo at competitive drives, meanwhile the Microsoft Xbox still remains at $299, but is expected to be dropped to $199 on the 21st of May (during conference holds for E3). With this announcement also comes the price drop of the never-fading and always loveable PSOne. The PSOne will now retail for $49.99, and the LCD package will sell for an MSRP of $149.99. PS2 accessories have been reduced too. An official 8MB Sony memory card will cost $24, and so will the official Dual Shock 2 controller. Lastly, a PSOne/PSX Dual Shock will sell for $19.99.
"The $199 price point for PlayStation 2 has always been part of Sony Computer Entertainment America's strategy to bring the world's leading computer entertainment system to the broadest audience," said Kaz Hirai, president and chief operating officer, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "As we currently stand, our company has shipped more than 30 million PlayStation 2 units, and 90 million PlayStation/PS one consoles worldwide. With the popularity of the PlayStation brand breaking all industry expectations, Sony Computer Entertainment has been able to grow the gaming category as a whole representing tremendous opportunities for our partners and ultimately, for the consumer."
Word from the editor: If you haven't bought yourself a PS2 yet, and were waiting for this moment, my suggestion is not to delay and purchase the console right away. Otherwise, you may find yourself facing 'sold-out' signs or even worse, be put on a reservation list.
5/14/2002 Arnold Katayev