Another version of the Playstation 2 in the pipeline

Posted by Mark Raby

Tokyo (Japan) - Sony may still be struggling to reach the mass market with the Playstation 3, but the company's previous generation console is still raking in as much cash as possible.

The new version of the PS2 will include a built-in AC adapter, allowing easier transport of the console.  The current PS2 model, as well as virtually every gaming platform since the Atari, has required the use of an external adapter.  So far it has only been announced for Japan.

Sine the power source is built into the console, users won't lose it and it also lessens the amount of cord space connected between the device and the power outlet.

The PS2 is the only console from the last cycle to still be actively manufactured.  In fact, Microsoft and Nintendo halted support for their respective systems almost immediately after they launched the Xbox 360 and Wii.

Sony's estimates put PS2 sales for the year at around 12 million units, while only forecasting 11 million PS3 units.  Earlier this month Sony celebrated the seven-year anniversary of the PS2.