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Fourth version of PS2 planned

Simultaneous launch for Europe and India this year says SCE

Sony has revealed the date on when it plans to launch a fourth version of the mighty PlayStation 2 later this year. The console was originally unveiled last year and is said to be sleeker and slimmer with no external AC adapter. We didn't think it could get any smaller. Or needed to...

The new model will simultaneously be released in the European and Indian markets, SCE country manager Atindriya Bose revealed to ET.

It's being called a 'higher-end version' and is said to be slimmer, sleeker and "more suave in its looks". There'll be no external power supply and the price will remain the same. "PS2 is an entry-level console, which helps first timers to enter the gaming zone," Bose explained.

SCE India will also be launching the PlayStation Network for PS3 in India, though don't the 2.4 update to be on it yet though. "The PlayStation network is ready for India. It is only the integration of the payment gateway that needs to be done," said Bose, adding it will launch by the end of the firm's fiscal year.

Of the 120-million install base for PS2, a whopping 3.4 million are in India alone. "We feel PS2 has the potential to penetrate further into the Indian and Russian markets. Console gaming is in its nascent stage in India. These are untapped markets and are new to the gaming world, hence we have no plans to phase out PS2 anytime soon.

"We do not market it as a PS2 or PS3. It is the experience of the PS that we market. PS3 is for the next generation. People who are first timers in the gaming market want to pick up PS2 and experience that, before upgrading to PS3."