Sony PlayStation 2 (slim form factor)

Does Sony's rather radical slimming down of the PS2 console make it a must-have item?


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In keeping with its plan to extend the lifespan of the PlayStation 2 to 10 years and stimulate sales for a console facing increased competition from Microsoft's Xbox, Sony is shipping a trimmed-down PS2 that's half the size and weight of the original and has built-in network connectivity.

It's a similar strategy to what Sony did with the PSOne, a smaller, more transportable version of the original first-generation PlayStation. In an unusual move, Australian consumers will be amongst the first to be able to buy the 'new' PS2, as it goes on sale on October 29th here, several days before its US, Japanese and European launch. At the time of writing, Sony Australia had yet to announce concrete pricing for the new unit, although if it follows the announced lead of its US and Japanese counterparts, you can expect the new unit to be priced essentially identical to the existing PS2 system.

Upside: If you're used to toting around your PS2, having a svelte unit that weighs only 900 grams and measures in at a titchy 230mm (W) x 28mm (H) x 152mm (D) will make you happy. Sony Australia estimates that it's sold more than one million PS2 units in the Australian market, so having a unit that's visually so different could make it something of a talking point, as well.

The integration of network connectors into the new unit is also a nice touch, and pretty much the only real technical difference between the new unit and existing PS2 models. Like the original, the new PS2 is also a DVD player that plays recordable CD and DVD discs without your having to buy an additional accessory, though you'll want to pick up a remote.

Downside: Though the new PS2 can be stacked vertically, you'll have to buy a separate stand if you want it to stand on end (and sorry, the old stand isn't compatible). Also, like the original PS2, this model has only two controller ports, so you'll need a Multi-tap accessory to allow up to four players; again, the original Multi-tap accessory isn't compatible.

Outlook: Yes, the PS2 remains less powerful than the Xbox and the GameCube, but the slimmer design will appeal to those who already have large PS2 game collections and want to upgrade or add a second system. Not coincidentally, the new PS2 is being released right around the same time Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas hits stores. The combo should find its way under many a tree this holiday season.

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fuppedduck
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fuppedduck posted a review   

The Good:Great system

The Bad:NO on/off swicth

To the person who posted that slimline does have a on/off switch.... U R WRONG!!! That is a reset switch dork! You CANNOT shut off the system with that switch.

harry
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harry posted a review   

The Good:best console

The Bad:not a single con.

it's perfect. many people are saying it does not have a power button, but it does.it is a very bad thing telling lie.they don't even know and commenting silly things.i dont know about them but ps2 slim has a small power button at the right corner.

anonymous
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anonymous posted a review   

That they can slim 75% of the volume out of a console, as well as make it over 50% lighter, is amazing.

PS: To "Toke": There IS an on-off switch on the front of the console.

see here: http://img129.imageshack.us/img129/7746/ps2oncd9.jpg

Toke
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Toke posted a review   

PS2 Slimeline,, I don't like it, coz. it doesn't have on and off switch. Don't buy,, its not safe for young user to plug or unplug the power supply all the times.

Someguy
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Someguy posted a review   

The Good:Much Smaller

The Bad:No point for a smaller console which does the exact same thing : play ps2 games.

Meh, it's a waste of money if you already have a ps2.

sdl
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sdl posted a review   

sweat gameing this slim is cool man!!!!!

kele6
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"perfect"

kele6 posted a review   

beatiful product

DGENX
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"COOL>>>"

DGENX posted a review   

Fantastique product...superb for online users...

i like this ps2 because it is slim and i can put it in a thin place and awsome
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i like this ps2 because it is slim and i can put it in a thin place and awsome posted a review   

i like this ps2 because it is slim and i can put it in a thin place and awsome

its an awsom product
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"its an awsom product"

its an awsom product posted a review   

its an awsom product


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User Reviews / Comments  Sony PlayStation 2 (slim form factor)

  • fuppedduck

    fuppedduck

    Rating9

    "To the person who posted that slimline does have a on/off switch.... U R WRONG!!! That is a reset switch dork! You CANNOT shut off the system with that switch. "

  • harry

    harry

    Rating10

    "it's perfect. many people are saying it does not have a power button, but it does.it is a very bad thing telling lie.they don't even know and commenting silly things.i dont know about them but ps2 ..."

  • anonymous

    anonymous

    Rating10

    "That they can slim 75% of the volume out of a console, as well as make it over 50% lighter, is amazing.

    PS: To "Toke": There IS an on-off switch on the front of the console.
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