Still smarting about Sony’s decision to remove PS2 backwards compatibility from the PS3? Then how about buying a TV with a built-in PS2 to plug your PS3 into. Sony obviously thinks some of you will be interested as it has produced the KDL-22PX300.
This is a 22″ HD Ready TV that packs a PlayStation 2 console into the TV’s stand. While the TV has an HDMI input and will show 720p video on its 1366×768 panel, PS2 games play in SD, albeit upscaled to the panel’s native resolution as would happen with any LCD or Plasma TV.
Available only in-store from Richer Sounds, apparently due to the low numbers available, the TV is priced at what seems a pretty reasonable £199.95. For £219.94 you can include a 5 year guarantee that will help your PS2 reach the console’s fifteenth birthday!
The TV does not skimp on features either. Along with the built-in PS2, which remember will play DVDs and CDs too, you get BRAVIA Internet Video. Available video inputs are 4 HDMI sockets, 1 SCART, component and VGA.
Suggesting the base simply contains a PS2 Slim mainboard and that there has been little electronics integration are some of the other connections. The set features two Ethernet ports and two digital optical outputs. Presumably one of each for the TV and PS2. There is also a analog audio out for you stereo fans.
I have to admit to my initial reaction being that this was some kind of joke. While there is no mention of the KDL-22PX300 on Sony’s UK site, a search of Sony’s European support site turned up the TVs manual which makes it abundantly clear that the product exists and that there is a PS2 built-in, as you can see in this extract:
Why now Sony, why now? Or is it a case of why not?