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Sleeker PlayStation 2 Makes Debut

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Sleeker PlayStation 2 Makes Debut

Sony’s best-selling video game console is sporting a slim new look for the holidays. Available at retail today, the new, redesigned PlayStation 2 offers all the features of the original version at half the weight and thickness.

The engineers at Sony have managed to cut the unit’s thickness down from 3 inches to 1.1 inches. They have also reduced internal volume by 75 percent, making it easier to carry around. The North American model is equipped with both Ethernet and dial-up modem ports to support the 120 some online titles to be available in North America by the end of the year.

The new PlayStation 2 will support CDs, DVDs and all of the 2,000 titles in the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 catalogue, as well as the more than 55 additional titles on the way in coming months.

To maintain its competitive edge over Microsoft and Nintendo, Sony recently lowered the price of the PS2 to $149. The company is hoping the new, sleeker version will further spur sales of the console, which has seen more than 72 million units shipped to date.

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