PSTwo: New Smaller version of PlayStation 2 to be released by So
Date: Tuesday 21 September, 2004
Update: Sony confirmed the new model, read below for real pictures and further news.
As you might know by now, hundreds of news sites are reporting that Sony will release the PSTwo, a new, smaller PlayStation 2 console on October 26 (Anniversary of the PlayStation 2). Sony has yet to confirm the speculations, but it is very likely that importers will soon be able to grab a 30% smaller more compact version of a redesigned PlayStation 2 console.
Some sites even went so far as to predict the machine's design will be similar to the Sony DVP-F41MS DVD player (picture), which is about three quarters the current PS2's size. But while there has been talk of a reworked PSTwo for weeks, all the recent reports trace back to one report by American Technology Research analyst PJ McNealy.
Here are some details from a Japanese retailer, who claims the system will be announced on the Sony Conference around the Tokyo Game Show this week:
- The power supply will be external, similar to the GameCube. - The PSTwo comes with built in BroadBand Adapter. - The PSTwo will be available in the colors silver and blue. - The drive will be using Slot-in Disc Mechanism. - The price in Japan will be around Yen 15,000. - PS1 games are still supported.
Update: We have added some unofficial pictures, scroll down.
The rumors that went through the Internet like a thunderstorm yesterday , were today proven to be partly true. There is a new PS2 console coming, it's nearly half of the PlayStation2's original weight, and nearly 30% smaller. The Japanese version of the unit will go on sale as soon as the price is confirmed by Sony. Import gamers worldwide will benefit from the smaller weight and size. Shipping will be definitely cheaper and the system will be easier to hide in a suitcase or backpack when going through customs ;-)
Here are the pictures of the new model that will be released worldwide in November:
Here are the unofficial pictures received by one of our visitors:
Here is a copy of the original press release by Sony:
TOKYO, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced today its plans for the global release of a new, redesigned PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system (SCPH-70000 CB) in time for the year-end peak-selling season. The new model will be in stores on November 3 in Japan, and by November 1 in Europe and North America.
While inheriting the basic functions and design philosophy of the current PlayStation 2 (SCPH-50000), the internal design architecture of the new model has been completely overhauled, resulting in a slimmer and more lightweight form. Internal volume has been reduced by 75 percent, overall weight has been halved, and thickness trimmed down to 2.8 cm (thickness of current model is 7.8 cm). Its size is almost as small as a hardcover book, making it easier to carry around and enjoy games and DVD videos anytime, anywhere. Equipped with an integrated Ethernet port for network gaming, the new PlayStation 2 sets new standards in the fusion of design and functionality and will enable the company to maintain market momentum as it expands its online console gaming community, the largest in North America with more than 1.4 million users. Approximately 40 percent (*1) of North American PlayStation 2 online gamers use dial-up connections and to satisfy this base, the North American model is equipped with both Ethernet and modem ports. During the year-end peak-selling season about 80 online game titles are expected to be available in Japan, with 120 titles and 65 titles respectively in North America and Europe. With the launch of the new network-ready(*2) PlayStation 2, the company expects to continually expand the world of online gaming in this generation. "The introduction of the new PlayStation 2 is part of our long-term vision for the platform," said Jack Tretton, executive vice president, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "We are pleased to bring the sleek, redesigned product to market in time for the holiday season, and expect consumer enthusiasm for the new model to translate into robust sales. As the market leader, with an existing installed base of more than 27 million PlayStation 2 units in North America alone, we will continue to provide solutions that expand our consumer base and grow the category as a whole." Gaining an overwhelming support from a wide range of users from all over the world, more than 72 million units of PlayStation 2 have been shipped as of today. Strongly supported by software developers and publishers, PlayStation 2 is indisputably the most popular computer entertainment system in the world and the new design will position it for even greater success over the next half of its life.
(*1) According to SCEI's DNAS (Dynamic Network Authentication System) data.
(*2) Internet Service Provider and appropriate Internet access (e.g. ADSL, cable, fiber, etc.) required. For further details regarding network connection, on-line games and peripherals supported with the new model (SCPH-70000 CB), please visit our customer support website http://www.us.playstation.com .
Product Outline (for Japan Model)
Product Name PlayStation(R)2 Color Charcoal Black Product Code SCPH-70000 CB Release Date November 3rd, 2004 (Wednesday) Recommended Retail Price Open Price Dimensions 230 mm (W) x28 mm (H) x152 mm (D) *internal volume about 23% of the current model Weight Approximately 900g *weight about 45% of the current model Power requirements DC 8.5V Electrical current consumption (power consumption) Approximately 5.3A(approximately 45W)
Product Outline (for Japan Model) (continued)
Compatible format PlayStation format CD-ROM PlayStation 2 format CD-ROM PlayStation 2 format DVD-ROM Audio CD DVD-Video* DVD-RW (VR mode) *the term "DVD-Video" is used to refer to DVD-R, DVD-RW (Video mode), DVD+R and DVD+RW discs. Interfaces Controller Port x 2 MEMORY CARD slot x 2 USB connector x 2 NETWORK connector x 1 100BASE-TX/10BASE-T DC IN 8.5V connector x 1 AV MULTI OUT connector x 1 DIGITAL OUT OPTICAL connector x 1 Included PlayStation 2 console x 1 Analog Controller DUALSHOCK(R)2 x 1 AV Cable (integrated audio/video) x 1 AC Adaptor (AC power cord included) x 1
Separately Sold Accessories (for Japan Model)
Product Name Vertical Stand (for PlayStation(R)2) Product Code SCPH-70110 CB Color Charcoal Black Release Date November 3rd, 2004 (Wednesday) Recommended Retail Price 1,500 yen (1,575 yen tax inclusive)
*The Vertical Stand for the current model cannot be used with the new model PlayStation 2 (SCPH-70000 CB), due to difference in design.
Product Name Multitap (for PlayStation(R)2) Product Code SCPH-70120 Release Date November 3rd, 2004 (Wednesday) Recommended Retail Price 3,600 yen (?????99)
*The Multitap for the current model cannot be used with the new model PlayStation 2 (SCPH-70000 CB), due to difference in design. The new Multitap offers the same function as the current Multitap.