Microsoft dismisses PlayStation 2 price cut

Microsoft has shrugged off any suggestions of increased competition from Sony after it announced a price cut today for the nine year-old PlayStation 2 console.

Sony has dropped the price of the console stalwart to EUR 99 and USD 99 in North America, with SCEA's Jack Tretton suggesting the move "will bring in new consumers who will discover how PlayStation platforms are an outstanding choice for their gaming and home entertainment needs."

However, Microsoft dismissed the price cut, stating that the future is about the growth of current generation consoles, not older technology.

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morganfell3278d ago

Why worry? What's one more console that will outsell them in numerous territories.

SasanovaS7773277d ago

ironic how they said its about the growth of current gen systems...hmm

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TheTwelve3277d ago

All of the arguments that people use to buy a 360 can be extended to the nth degree when it comes to the PS2:

1. Cheaper
2. More game selection

... hmm...anything else? Oh yeah, the 360 has one thing that the PS2 doesn't have:

3. Xbox Live! lol

Microsoft right now is like a boxer who gets a direct uppercut in the face and then openly shrugs it off as if it didn't hurt--- that's when you KNOW the boxer got hurt.

It would have been better if Microsoft stayed silent about this, for their sake.


Anon19743277d ago (Edited 3277d ago )

Did Microsoft just dismiss "older technology"?

Wow. That reminds me...

"Rockstar's creative vice president Dan Houser acknowledged that the Xbox 360's lack of a hard drive in every unit has made things more difficult than they should be.
"On PS3 you've got a guarantee that every machine is going to have a hard-drive and, with Blu-ray, you've got plenty of storage, whereas on Xbox 360 there's no guarantee of a hard-drive and you're working with the DVD format. Does that create limitations?" Houser replied quickly and succinctly, "Yep.""

Shane Kim3277d ago

InfectedDK, I have too disagree. It allready is.

ultimolu3277d ago (Edited 3277d ago )

Lol, Microsoft never ceases to crack me up.

JokesonYou: Microsoft should have kept their mouths shut.

"stating that the future is about the growth of current generation consoles, not older technology."

It seems like they just dissed their own console because anyone with a BRAIN knows that DVD9 is old technology.

JokesOnYou3277d ago (Edited 3277d ago )

I guess they should have responded by saying

"Wow, thats great news, I work for micro but I'm very excited, everybody should run to stores now and buy a PS2 instead of a 360!"

-I mean I don't really see anything to emphasize from their comment, basicly its par for the course, you respond to your competitors announcements by giving yourself a pat on the back "yeah but look how great this is", lmfao nothing new.


SoapShoes3277d ago

They should have just kept their mouths shut. Now they look like damn fools.

IcarusOne3277d ago

Are any of us planning on buying a PS2 anytime soon? Who doesn't have one that wants one at this point?

DVD9 is old tech? That's the best. The only system cranking out Blu-ray software is PS3 (unnecessarily I might add). 360, PC, and 95% of the movie industry is still more than happy with DVD. DVD9 is here to stay until the next leap.

DVD9 is old tech... =) I love you guys.

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SoapShoes3277d ago (Edited 3277d ago )

I suppose you also thought N64 was using a not-outdated medium? Just think how little games would have pushed the envelop on PS2 if they stuck with CDs.

Ironically the Sony haters said the same thing about the PS2 that they do with PS3 now. People saying how using DVDs was stupid because now that PS2 has good graphics they won't need large spaces for FMVs anymore and DVD was just a waste of space.

ultimolu3277d ago

Icarus, DVD 9 *is* old technology.

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ultimolu3277d ago (Edited 3277d ago )

king dong, you sound a bit concerned yourself. Microsoft are the ones making themselves look foolish, not Sony fans.

I feel very sorry for 360 fanboys.

And you want to know something? You can sh!t on Sony for supporting the PS2 but at least they give a damn about their last gen console. At least they didn't drop the PS2 like Microsoft did with the original XBox.

You don't know what you're even talking about. All I heard from you is a bunch of uneducated, poorly worded statements, of which have no merit in this discussion.

GWAVE3277d ago

Did Sony or Nintendo make such comments when Microsoft dropped the 360's price twice in 12 months?


Microsoft must be bored.

king dong3277d ago (Edited 3277d ago )

why dont you point out the statements that i made which are poorly written and show a lack of education??

anyway, i'm not sh!tting on your god sony. just writing what i feel is true...that they cant drop the ps2 because it's helping bolster their profits for that sector of their business.

and i'm not concerned by micosoft/sony or nintendo. dont judge me by your standards. i have no feelings towards any company....well, only the company that employs me and pays my salary every month.(fortunately i'm in a sector which is in no way affected by the current crises)

listen i'm sorry if i offended you by saying something about sony. truely i

fanboys on both sides of the fence make themselves look stupid. it's just that theres so many sony fanboys on n4g, it's hard not to see them in bad light.

again, sorry for offending you.

icarus: bubbles up mate...thanks

Shepherd 2143277d ago (Edited 3277d ago )

who cares if it outsells the 360, the more people who buy a PS2 the more it further proves how unwilling they are to upgrade to a PS3. So buy away consumers, buy away.

Im pretty sure the 360 has plenty of games with technology that far surpasses the previous generation of consoles, and thats fine with me. I play my 360 constantly, switching from game to game to game and i dont think i ever made a better $400 purchase. Ive thoroughly enjoyed Halo 3, Gears of War, Mass Effect, Dead Rising, COD4, many Tom Clancy games, Halo Wars, Left 4 Dead, Far Cry 2, Dead Space, Fable 2, The Orange Box, Fallout 3, Oblivion, and many, many more great games. See what im saying? When people say 360 has no games i literally Laugh-Out-Loud. Has the 360 slowed down? yes, admittedly they have. But im pretty sure they were churning out AAA titles like hotcakes for the past 3 years now, back when Sony was the slow one and everyone bashed them for it.

Like i said, im not a graphics whore, i am not a shallow person who judges games by how they look technically like many N4G forum users. i dont play games for eyecandy, if i want eyecandy i invite my girlfriend over or something. I love games for their fun factor, not because of how it looks. Halo 3 is only an average looking game, but it packs an amazing artistic style. But just because Killzone 2 has better graphics, does not mean i will ahve more fun playing it than Halo 3.

Anon19743277d ago (Edited 3277d ago )

Oh boy. Where to start?
Ok. First off, a cheaper console is a good thing. I'm not sure why you would argue that it's not. The PS2 is done? Well, in most places, yeah. In some places it hasn't even started yet. The bulk of the world's population hasn't even seen a videogame. What does it matter to you that Sony is looking to target emerging markets?

Now, you seem to be laboring under the false assumption that Sony fans care somehow that the PS2 can outsell the PS3 in some regions. Nothing could be further from the truth. They're selling to different demographics. Sony also makes high end and low end tv's. Lower end TV's sell more. No one is getting bent out of shape about that. No one is suggesting low-end TV's are a drap on high-end TV sales and something should be done about it.

You're 100% correct about Sony not wanting to drop the PS3 price. Just like every other Japanese electronics maker they're having to contend with weaker consumer spending and foreign exchange issues. Thankfully, they have the PS2 which is the goose that laid the golden egg. No one is saying it's anything but. Anyone who's been paying attention knows what the score is. You're acting like this is some dirty secret that Sony fans are hiding from when actually Sony fans EMBRACE the PS2. Without the constant stream of revenue from the PS2 Sony wouldn't be in any position to sell the PS3 at the price point it's currently at. You know, just like how without XBL subscription fees Microsoft Games would be deeply in the red.

You've demonstrated time and time again an irrational hatred of Sony fans and I just don't think it's warranted. No one thinks Sony's their god. I see gamers engaged in a discussion regarding issues related to gaming. And then I see you stumbling in like a drunk uncle at a party yelling "Fanboys! Yoush all Fanboys and here's what's wrong with the lot of ya," and most of us just kinda look at each other embarrassed for you and let you ramble on. Why not take part in the discussion rather than just point fingers and pass judgement on people doing nothing more offensive then discuss a hobby?

ultimolu3277d ago (Edited 3277d ago )

king dong, I didn't know Sony spat in your cereal every single day. I don't understand your immense hatred for them, lmao. You claim that you have no allegiance towards any company and yet here you are attacking Sony and the fans themselves.


Love those disagrees by the way. You couldn't even refute what I said about Sony not giving up on the PS2 like Microsoft did with the XBox.

I don't revere Sony as a *god* as you so put it so I don't know where you get that from. All I care about where it concerns Sony are the games and the progress they're making with the PS3.

InfectedDK3277d ago

I'm sorry but why did my comment get deleted?
If Microsoft can say that the PS2 is older technology then I can say that the 360 is old technology? Isn't it fair to have your own oppinion? I can't see how anyone could get offended by it if they think it isn't old technology. Then they can argue why it isn't. But that wont change my mind. I think that the PS3 is the strongest for the future and that we may see better and bigger games on the PS3. That way I see the 360 as old technology already. I just think it is childish to go out and say that the PS2 is old technology when they should just have said nothing at all. They need to mind their own business. Not that I have anything against them at all but I really don't see why they have to make this statement. When they do that it automatically gives me a fair opportunity to say my oppion. They asked for it. Thanks :)

RememberThe3573277d ago (Edited 3277d ago )

I personally don't having anything against Microsoft. I live in Seattle, Wa, and I know that they add a ton to the economies of Redmond, Kirkland and Bellevue.

But when King Dong comes storrling in like hes the only unbias person on N4G I have to stop and say something.

@King: You are just as bad a the Sony fanboys. You come into the Gamer Zone with blind hate for another system and then call people out for having the same blindness. You act as thought have blind hate is better then having blind love. I hate to break it to you, but their bot h equally baseless and limiting.

I personally don't have an issue with people calling each other out, it does set many people straight, but not when it is done in such a hypocritical way.

Microsoft Xbox 3603277d ago (Edited 3277d ago )

DVD9 is old tech. The 360 basically recycled that tech instead of advancing to newer technology.

Bluray is now standard and here to stay. Sorry Icarus.

morganfell3277d ago

Microsoft is just bitter because they had to chuck the Xbox. Now this aging console is beating there rear.

And to the individual that thinks Bluray titles are unnecessary then all I can say is you never played MGS4. Once again we have people blaming Sony for something that falls to the developer/publisher. It is there decision to make both versions the same and not avail themselves of the medium. And for that it takes a really close minded view to blame Sony. What's next? Blaming console manufacturers for using unnecessary 3D hardware when 3D Software was available? By your method Sony should also be blamed for ushering in that unnecessary CD technology.

Why not make the games small enough to fit on a memory stick and then you could avoid that nasty disc scratching issue...

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sonarus3278d ago

Playstation 2 is dying. This is just the next move in line to prolong the death of PS2, the most successful console of all time but unfortunately all consoles eventually die. PS2 games aren't coming out NEARLY as much as they used to and most of the new stuff is super casual. Its something they should have taken advantage of over the xmas break imo that way some little kids could have gotten in on it.

Anon19743277d ago

They even have a new PS2 model with the power supply enclosed. The whole idea is to market the PS2 to the budget gamers and into traditionally poorer markets like South America and Asia.

Certainly the PS2 isn't selling like it did at it's peak - but can you imagine if it catches on in China at this price? Could we see a worldwide resurgence?

Tryst3277d ago

You do realise that the 360 only sold a couple of hundred more units in Japan last week than the PS2???

Hutch23553277d ago

Lets see, China, would rather buy old tech, and by that I mean sh!t graphics, than buy a next gen hd device to play games. That is such an idiotic post. Anyone buying a ps2 is an idiot. How sad that 99 dollar ps2 is a big deal for a company that continues to lose money as a whole. hahah that is rich. I love my ps3 but come on thats like saying I will buy a non hd tube tv for 99 when I could buy a 42 inch lcd for 199 haha you sony boys are dorks.

iHEARTboobs3277d ago

So buying a $99 PS2 makes you an idiot? None of the old PS2 games are worth playing anymore? And how much money is Sony losing btw?

Daoshai3277d ago

There are way too many great titles to not own some machine that can play ps2 classics.

Personally I would want a ps3 with bc (which I do have), over buying a new ps2, but for thanks to sony getting rid of backwards compatibility for the ps3; buying a ps2 is the next best thing.

kudos to sony

Anon19743277d ago

Hutch2355 said "Lets see, China, would rather buy old tech, and by that I mean sh!t graphics, than buy a next gen hd device to play games. That is such an idiotic post. Anyone buying a ps2 is an idiot."

Wow! Can someone lend this guy a clue?
Let me help you out here. The average worker in China makes roughly $250 a month although that is has been increasing during the recent boom (it's slowed a bit now, but still growing)
There's an entire emerging middle class coming up the economic ranks in China and India that dwarf what happened in North America with the Baby boomers. For the first time in their lives they're buying tv's, cars....electricity, luxury items in general. They certainly aren't making huge HD TV purchases with the latest tech to go with them.

Microsoft has already stopped selling the 360 in India and I don't know if they ever did officially go into China. Sony knows exactly what they're doing in marketing the PS2 directly at these emerging markets.

And that's your lesson for today. There'll be a quiz later.

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Anon19743277d ago (Edited 3277d ago )

It's like you're commenting on someone else's comments or maybe you're posting a reaction to a dream you had the other night...I really don't know.

Where did I attack the 360? The 360 isn't in India, it's not really in China officially, those markets are wide open for a low priced games console, not to mention South America. That's not an attack.

Secondly, it's not all about you. I see you conveniently disagee without actually addressing the topics raised. Sony isn't doing this price cut for you or I. They want us to buy the PS3. Sony's making this price cut because they're looking at expanding into different markets, which is a great idea. Who cares about the PS2, you ask? A person who suddenly has money and has never seen a video game his entire life, but has heard about them being big in more developed places. Or the parent looking for a starter system for their kids without spending a fortune. Sony outlined their emerging markets strategy over a year ago if you had been paying attention.

Man. Why is it that when people have no counter point they always just go for the personal attacks? Like someone compared a couple of days ago when no one would discuss the actual issues, it's like trying to debate with chimps (funny, considering the obvious simian influence in your name).

RememberThe3573277d ago (Edited 3277d ago )

Thank you Darksider for having the pacaints to replay to these people. It's hard for me to see where they're coming from. I don't think many of these people are looking at the big picture. And you brought it up well when speaking about the PS2's viability in newer much lower income markets.

@Hutch: WHy would you buy a PS2 over a PS3, you ask? Maybe because the PS2 is 99$ and the PS3 399$. Not everyone has your same income level. South America and Asia are largely untapped the PS2 is the perfect machine to go in and try to expose them to the video game experience. Many of the people in South America and Asia could not afford The PS3 so the PS2 is a perfect fit for them.

Open your mind, it's not that complicated.

Hutch23553277d ago (Edited 3277d ago )

The average income in China is much much higher. Yes there is a big group that could be considered slave labor, or work out in the farming areas of china, but in the big cities you see so many new cars, so your 250 a month quote holds no water, new high rise buildings, consumer electronics, computers, so sorry moron, you don't know what your talking about. If China is one of the new economic leaders, then the diff between 99 and 199 is minimal. If they are buying flat screen tv's which they are, then a 100 dollar difference is minimul. If you think someone making 250 a month or lives in the farming areas where they don't have electricity, would spend 99 on a console you are also an idiot for that. So don't hate on me because I have more than a 99 iq like yourself. There is a reason the US is borrowing trillions of dollars from the chinese to pay for mr obamas spending.
Edit: Oh yeah its typical of ps3 fanboys to take bubbles away from someone who has a dissenting view of the money losing giant.

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UnwanteDreamz3278d ago

"We believe however, that the future lies in the growth of current generation consoles and XBOX 360, as the fastest growing games console last year, with sales up over 80%, will continue to drive the market" - Chris Lewis, VP of the IAB for Microsoft


We will not support the 360 when our new console comes out.

SoapShoes3277d ago

To mention how the Wii is owning them in sells. They also forget their targeted foes(Sony and PS3) is selling more units than they are on a yearly basis. Hmmm, but I guess you can drive the market if you come out earlier to get ahead for awhile.

DK_Kithuni_713277d ago

Should never have bought it though. Absolutely no support from Microsoft anymore. None. Nada. Should have bought a Playstation 2. My mistake. Learned. Moved on. Got a Playstation 3 and never looked back. Nothing can make me buy an Xbox 360. Nothing.

PirateThom3277d ago

I wouldn't be surprised if they drop it to $49 just before Christmas.

It's had a good run, but I can't see it making many sales past 2009.

morganfell3277d ago

I think this is the last hurrah and you'll see B/C in an update for the PS3 before Christmas.

SprSynJn3277d ago

I can see it selling past 2009 mainly because recent PS3s do not offer the ability to play PS2 games. So, if all you desire is to play current generation games, purchase a PS3. If you prefer last gen, get a PS2. Purchasing both will make it the same price as the PS3 was when it was released. I think breaking them up like that was somewhat of a good idea. People can have their choice in what style of gaming they want: HD, SD, and portable.

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