UK electronics retailer Richer Sounds is selling a 22-inch Sony HDTV with a PlayStation 2 built-in. Dubbed the Sony Bravia KDL-22PX300, the set sits atop the built-in PlayStation 2, and will set you back £200 (or about $312). Unfortunately, Sony has no plans to bring anything similar to the KDL-22PX300 to the US, according to CNET.
The HDTV boasts four HDMI ports, three USB ports (unfortunately two of them are USB 1.1), and two Ethernet connections. It also has access to Sony’s Bravia online service either through Ethernet or via the optional wireless dongle. The TV set features a 1,366×768 resolution, which means no 1080p support.
The console integration is what makes this product so interesting: not only can gamers play PS2 titles on the device, but since the PS2 is backward-compatible with original PlayStation titles, users can also play those on the television.
The PlayStation 2 launched in 2000. More than a decade later, it’s still available for purchase as a standalone console for $100, and boasts more than 1,800 games in its library. This new product from Sony solves a problem for current PS3 owners: certain PS3s do not have backwards compatibility with older titles.