Sony has given American gamers another reason to whoop and holler in an overenthusiastic fashion by chopping $20 (£11) off the PS2’s price.
With the price now down to $130 (£73), that’ll leave gamers enough pocket change to buy something really worthwhile, like a foot high stack of waffles or a vat of ice cream.
The reduction comes as Sony steps up its preparation for the launch of the PS3 in November, and follows the death of the decrepit granddad of the Playstation family, the PSOne (story here).
Rather annoyingly, Sony has told us that a similar reduction of the UK’s £105 price tag for the console isn’t planned.
The news won’t see hardcore gamers rioting in the streets – the PSP is effectively a super-powered PS2 in handheld form – but the principle does still irk considering the comparatively inflated prices of the UK’s gadgetry.
It’s likely that Microsoft will respond in the battle of the dinosaur consoles by dropping the US price of its original Xbox, currently $150 (£85). Gamers might look more favourably on the 360 if it made the same gesture here in the UK too.
The tussle is, of course, merely an entrée to the next-gen main course.
Juicy details of the PS3 – the new controller, in-game footage, launch titles – are expected at E3 in May, although rumours suggest that Sony will be keeping tight wraps on playable units.
Fortunately, all Stuff staff are highly trained in security guard distraction techniques – expect the best live updates anywhere on the web come May.