Although the PlayStation 2 is clearly a last-generation
gaming system, it is still capturing the playtime and dollars of present day gamers.
Sony knows that the PS2 is still hot item, and is bringing out a limited
edition console that is ceramic white in color.
Coming this November will be a special white PS2 bundled
with SingStar Pop and two USB
microphones. SingStar Pop, the
American take of the immensely popular SCEE franchise, features tracks from
Alicia Keys, U2, Rihanna, Ashlee Simpson, The All-American Rejects, The Clash
The bundle will will be available in the U.S. for a
suggested retail price of $149.99. The package will also be offered in Canada
"With our expansive library of titles for PlayStation,
led by social gaming experiences such as SingStar,
and Buzz!, we have an incredible
offering for first-time gaming families," said Jack Tretton, president and
CEO, SCEA. "At $149, the limited edition Ceramic White PlayStation 2,
bundled with the family-friendly social gaming title, SingStar Pop, is an unbeatable value that will provide fun for
everyone this holiday."
The latest sales data
from NPD Group show that the PS2 is still considerably outselling the newer
PlayStation 3 by a considerable margin, even after the recent
PS3 $100 price drop. During July, the PS2 sold 222,000 units while the PS3
sold 159,000 for the month.
A report from Nielsen GamePlay Metrics finds that as much as 42 percent of all
console use was on the PS2, showing that console’s continued relevance.
According to Sony, the PS2 has an installed base of more
than 117 million worldwide with 44 million in North America alone. A further 10
million PlayStation 2 units are expected to be sold worldwide by the end of