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article imageSony drops price of PS2 to $99 USD

By Lance Lasheras     Apr 1, 2009 in Entertainment
In a bold move, Sony finally admits the best-selling console system is ready for the hall of fame, and a hefty price cut.
Some might suspect that it's all a clever ruse, but on April 1st the PlayStation 2 console will finally be priced at just $99 US. The system originally debuted eight years ago, and has since become the best selling home console ever. Although many other companies milk their home consoles for every penny, Sony is the first to make one stay popular for nearly a decade.
Historically, video game consoles don't have long shelf lives. The original PlayStation console was a ground breaking device that brought 3D gaming to an entire generation. Beyond propelling Sony past Sega and Nintendo, the PlayStation became the first console to sell 100 million units. Yet it only took five years for the PlayStation to be completely replaced by its successor.
John Kollar, the senior product manager for Sony's portable system announced:
In the gaming industry, the typical life-cycle for a console is around five years, but because we build each of our platforms for a large and diverse consumer base, we design our platforms differently. With the original PlayStation and now PlayStation 2, we’ve proven that consumers can rely on our platforms for their gaming and entertainment needs for at least a decade.
Another fellow SCEA member Jack Trenton said the PS3 should experience similar results because it is ushering in the Blu-Ray format, similar to how the PS2 brought forth the DVD era.
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