Sony Does it Again – Playstation 2 Price Drop

Sony recently dropped the price of the Playstion 2 to $ 100, but the question is: who cares?

When I learned that Sony had announced a price drop in its console, I crossed my fingers and hoped that the console they were referring to ended in the number 3. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case and the supposedly big news was that the Playstation 2 was getting a price drop to $ 100. At first I thought it was a typo; hasn’t PS2 been $ 100 for a couple years now? Or at least, haven’t people been able to get PS2s for that price through friends or eBay?

I own a PS3 that is thankfully backwards compatible, so if I ever have a desire to play Wizardry or Summoner again, I don’t have to change consoles. That isn’t the case for many people, however; PS3 consoles are no longer supporting backwards compatibility, which is a decision that I have been scratching my head over for a while now. I don’t like the idea of having to have two separate systems to play PS2 and PS3 games when all PS2s can play PSX games and I don’t understand why Sony took that feature out of the PS3.

Isn’t $ 100 still too high? It seems like if I had $ 100 to spend on a console I would just put it towards a next gen system, like the Wii, which has comparable graphics to the PS2 anyway. I’m pretty sure I could find a PS2 in good condition for way less than $ 100, so why would a price drop make any difference to me at all? Not to mention the fact that the PS2 is a decade old system; $ 100 doesn’t seem like the right price. For me, the icing on the cake was when Sony also said that they have no intentions to reduce the price of the PS3, like they knew what people really wanted and made sure they knew they weren’t getting it.

The PS2 is old news and the only way Sony could get me to pay $ 100 for a PS2 is if it were not only backwards compatible, but forward compatible as well. Since that doesn’t make sense, neither is the $ 100 price tag on the PS2. Some advice for Sony: drop the price of the PS3, or at least when developing the next console, don’t put in unnecessary hardware that by itself costs thousands of dollars. Maybe that way Sony won’t have the problem of selling consoles like it does now.