With the PlayStation 3 feeling $100 lighter as of yesterday
morning, Sony is also lifting some weight of from the venerable PS2. According
to Japanese publication Nikkei Business Daily, by way of IGN, Sony
is releasing a new hardware revision of the slim-line PS2.
The new model will appear to exactly the same as the current
slimmed model, with the only distinguishing characteristics a new designation
code of SCPH-79000 and lighter weight.
The main console hardware itself for the SCPH-79000 model
drops in weight from 900 to 600 grams, and the system’s AC adapter falls from
350 to 250 grams.
Nikkei reports that the system’s considerable weight savings
were achieved by Sony reducing the number of parts inside the machine. The more
efficient hardware revision is also suspected to cost less for Sony to produce,
giving the company even greater flexibility to drop the price.
Despite the release of the PlayStation 3 last year, the PS2
remains a strong seller for Sony, even outpacing the newer console. Recent
console sales figures place PS2 sales ahead of both the Xbox
360 and PS3.