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New PS2 set for UK launch next month?

Silver version for the fashion-conscious

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Online reports indicate that Sony's updated version of the PS2, featuring a built-in infrared receiver and improved DVD playback functions, will be released in the UK next month in a choice of black and silver colour schemes.

The new model was launched in Japan several months ago, and is expected to arrive in the US shortly. The company isn't making much noise about the new release, with the new hardware apparently simply replacing older PS2s on shelves as hardware stocks run out.

All of the updates to the console hardware in this revision are concerned solely with DVD playback, with one significant exception: the company has removed the 1394/Firewire/iLink port from the console, presumably because nobody was actually using it in any games.

More interestingly, the online report on GamesRadar suggests that the new hardware will be made available in a silver version as well as the traditional black colour, as part of Sony's forthcoming Silver Prestige line of home entertainment devices. Does this mean we can't affectionately refer to the console as Darth Vader's Toaster any more? ®

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