Sony announces PS2 launch date and price

Sony today announces US PlayStation2 launch date and price from a pre-E3 press conference in Los Angeles.

Sony Computer Entertainment America announced the launch date and price for the US PlayStation2 during a pre-E3 press conference in Los Angeles today. The PlayStation2 will ship in North America on October 26, 2000 at a price of US$299. The retail software will ship at a suggested retail price of US$49. SCEA plans to ship one million PS2 units at launch, and a total of three million consoles by the end of the company's fiscal year in March 2001.

On a technical note, the US PS2 will feature an expansion bay in back of the console, in which you'll be able to insert a 3.5 inch hard drive and network adaptor. System peripherals, namely the 8MB memory card, four-player multitap, and Dual Shock 2 controller, will retail at about US$34. The system will include one Dual Shock 2 controller.

Addressing the DVD issues that troubled the Japanese launch of the system, the North American PS2 will have DVD video playback functionality built into the hardware, eliminating the need for a memory card-based DVD driver. As such, the system will not be bundled with a memory card.

We'll have impressions of launch titles and more details soon. Keep watching this space.

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rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

I come from further into the future and Sony is about to go bankrupt lol.

emgesp
emgesp

Damn, time surely flies by.  

Hey all you guys from the year 2000. I come from the year 2013 and I've seen the PS4 and it is pretty sweet.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

I remember all the hype in 2000 for the PS2 launch. Fun times.

Mudvaynekid
Mudvaynekid

wow this is old! this is actually nostalgia here man!

TF626
TF626

It's amazing to think the PS2 launch was almost 10 years ago. Such a great console, I have very fond memories of the PS2.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

great times, great memories -- how excited we were waiting for the PS2....

thepackpremuim
thepackpremuim

No, the gaming division is going very well

The problem is the computers ( VAIO), but that was like 2 months ago.

So, Ha!.