For years consumer electronics companies have tried squeezing VCRs and DVD players into TVs, and there have even been a few quiet attempts at doing it with game systems, but none of these have met with any great success. It appears that Sony is also going to quietly dip its toes into this pond without a whole lot of fanfare to acknowledge the attempt.
According to The Register, Sony has released a television set in England called the Bravia KDL-22PX300 which is a 22-inch HD television that goes up to 720P, has four HDMI ports, three USB slots and an Ethernet port … oh, and did we forget to mention it has a built-in PlayStation 2/DVD player?
Selling for £200 (approx. $314USD), the set comes with one PlayStation controller, but for now it appears to be an England only release. There has been no word on when, or if, it will be available in other international territories such as the United States or Japan.
While some people have called this silly, I can definitely see the benefits to it. There are still tons of PS2 games for sale, and people still have tons of the games sitting in their collections. Since the PS3 is no longer considered backwards compatible, this is the perfect solution to give someone the both of both worlds. Plug the PS3 into the TV and you have both systems in a lot less physical footprint, and one less electrical cable.
The fact that the TV is 720P is a bit of a drawback, but I can see this working out great in a kid’s bedroom or a college dorm room.
What say you? Any interest in a TV with a built-in PS2?