Sony PlayStation 2 (slim case)
Released in 2000, the PlayStation 2 (PS2) was Sony's second game console. According to Sony sales reports, over 115 million PS2s have been shipped as of December 31, 2006. Many consider the PS2 to be the most successful game console to date.
The PS2 can read both CDs and DVDs and is backwards compatible with PlayStation (PS1) games. Since the unit's launch, Sony has given the PS2 several hardware revisions, including a dramatic case size reduction in 2004. Originally priced at $299.99 USD, we purchased this new slimeline PS2 for $129.99.
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