Sony Japan announces silver slimline PS2

New limited edition system arrives next month, but style has its price; a handful of existing games won't work with the system's latest hardware iteration.

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Ever since Nintendo started releasing its Game Boys in every color known to Crayola, visual options have been a near-standard with game hardware. Ordinarily it's not that big of a deal to throw a new coat of paint on the exterior and throw it onto shelves. However, Sony's latest palette-swapped PlayStation 2 includes some changes to the hardware with undesirable side effects.

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan today announced that a limited edition Satin Silver version of its slimline PS2 would go on sale in Japan on November 23 but that it would have compatibility issues with some existing games. The announced list of games incompatible with the silver slimline system (model SCPH-75000) is fairly short, but it includes one surprisingly high-profile (and recent) game:

Tekken 5 (SLPS-25510)
Ai Yori Aoshi (SLPS-25224 and SLPS-25225)
F1 2001 (SLPS-20120)
F1 2002 (SLPS-20199)
Gauntlet Dark Legacy (SLPM-62125)
Hitman: Contracts (SLPS-25406)
Racing Battle C-1 Grand Prix (SLPM-65897)
Stylish Mahjong Usagi Double Pack (SLPM-62571)
Usagi: Yasei no Topai (SLPS-20207)

To play these games, users will need to have a SCPH-70000 (or earlier) model of the hardware. A list of PSOne games with problems on the SCPH-75000 is available at Sony's official site.

The system will come packed with a silver analog controller and a vertical stand. Additional silver controllers and memory cards will be available for 2,800 yen ($24). Like the standard PS2, the Satin Silver edition does not carry a suggested retail price from Sony. This will be the third color model for the slimline PS2 in Japan, following the standard Charcoal Black model and the Ceramic White model that was released in May.

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8 comments
chickmagnet_1
chickmagnet_1

You know, there are some consoles that are just aching for a slimline version, and PS2 is not really one of them. Instead of giving us a slimmer version of the PS2, and countless iterations of the Gameboy Advance, why did Microsoft not give us a smaller version of the Xbox? That thing is just cantankerous! Xbox is the system that needs to be really slimmed down. They did a great job with slimming it down for the 360, but I was hoping that there would be a smaller Xbox 1. As for the next gen consoles, they needed to make the PS3 smaller, and also make the PSP easier to fit into your pocket.

NgpcmasteR
NgpcmasteR

Dammit i want one but it has defects and is japanese and id need to pay so much money to get it shipped here and i wouldnt understand any of it...but i still want it...i dont even have a ps2!

lugnutt333
lugnutt333

the paint is SWEET though, i could lose those games for a sick paint job!!

gcsnlgar
gcsnlgar

I think it's because they removed a feature of the hardware that was being exploited by hackers, lowering compatibility but increasing "security".

solaris1979
solaris1979

Regular slimlines are of model scph-70000. So the one mentioned can be treated like slimline v2. I don't really read Japanese but it seems the fault on Tekken 5 is only limited to playing arcade version of Tekken 3. Still though.. why release a new version of PS2 that's buggy?

Nico4
Nico4

Those games that ar

Havoc_Creator
Havoc_Creator

Well.. huh... Lose some games for a silver coat of paint? and furthuremore one of those games is Tekken 5? I don't think I'll enjoy that.