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Sony Bravia TV Includes Built-In PS2 For UK Customers
Sony Bravia TV Includes Built-In PS2 For UK Customers
December 3, 2010 | By Kris Graft

December 3, 2010 | By Kris Graft
More: Console/PC

Just hitting UK shelves in time for the holidays is a 720p, 22-inch Sony Bravia television with a unique feature -- a full-fledged disc-based PlayStation 2 integrated into the television's stand.

The Sony KDL22PX300 is sized for smaller spaces, and is listed by UK retailer Richer Sounds for 199 (about $315).

Also onboard the unit is Bravia Internet Video, which allows access to select on-demand media. There's no word of plans for a U.S. release of a similar PS2 TV.

A manual for the television [PDF] shows two PS2 memory card slots, two controller ports and two USB ports built into the TV/console's face, plus a USB port behind the monitor. The integrated console also has its own Ethernet port, separate from that of the television monitor. Additionally, the TV itself has four HDMI ports.

A sliding door on top of the base reveals the PS2's disc drive, which can play video DVDs and audio CDs as well as PS2 games.

The new model could serve as a rudimentary hint of the future, as companies examine the role of gaming- and internet-ready television sets in the marketplace.

For example, in May this year, Sony and other companies backed Google TV, a web-for-TV platform that could make web-based gaming friendly for the living room. Sony released Google-ready televisions this fall.

At CES in 2009, Toshiba placed the PlayStation 3's Cell processor in one of its TVs, demonstrating the chip's ability to upscale resolutions in real time.

As Sony is a major manufacturer of televisions and gaming hardware, marrying PlayStation technology with its TV expertise is a natural fit.

As early as 2006, "Father of PlayStation" Ken Kutaragi, former CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, said in an interview, "As a terminal, consider the flatscreen televisions in ordinary households. If you turn all these televisions into computers, the potential broadens greatly."

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Simon Ludgate
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This sounds like a great idea... until Sony releases a firmware upgrade that disables the PS2 because someone mods it to play pirated movies. *sarcasm*

dan m
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Pretty neat, I bet it will happen to the PS3 next. Really good idea Sony, makes the TV area a lot neater...I can see only one small problem...what if the console fails? That's going to be some expensive shipping to send that TV in.

Andre Murphy
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Agreed. Leave it to Sony to introduce unique ideas (and ground breaking technology) but they never work out the little "what if's". Hell, Im still waiting for them to show me why exactly Blu Ray is superior in video gaming over standard HD.

Anyway, Sony reminds me of the guy that can make a better burger than McDonalds. But can you market the burger, make it appealing to customers, have attractive packaging, have a true sense of longevity, to one day have a sign that reads "OVER A BILLION SERVED".

But they are going in the right direction with Kevin Butler and those hilarious PS3 commercials. (I love that Gran Turismo 5 one). I just wish they would've came out of the gate with Mr Butler and the slogan "It only does....EVERYTHING".

Eric Geer
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I would probably pick this up if I was in the market for a new TV.---I never owned a ps2--so this would be great to have just so that i could get a TV and PS2 at the same time--and get around to playing some of those Team ICO games.