Sony launches PS2-equipped Bravia

If you think that Sony's PlayStation 2 console, released back in 2000, has long disappeared from the high-tech radar, think again: it's coming back, this time in the form of a game-playing HDTV.

That's the slightly unbelievable news coming from Sony, which has announced the Bravia KDL-22PX300 LCD TV, a 22-inch set that contains an integrated PlayStation 2.

Although the company fails to explain why it's created the device, it's a pretty neat package for anyone feeling nostalgic about the platform: although the 720p resolution is something of a disappointment, the four HDMI ports, three USB ports, VGA and component inputs, and integral Freeview tuner combine with the DVD and game playing capabilities of the PS2 hardware to make a tempting purchase for a bedroom or kitchen.

Sony has even included an Ethernet port, although it's as yet unclear as to whether online play for PlayStation 2 titles that still support it will be available. The company has, however, confirmed that you'll be able to stream content, including LoveFilm and the BBC's iPlayer, via the port.

The device is launching in the UK first at an altogether not-unreasonable £200, although you'll have to provide the increasingly hard to find PS2 games yourself if you want to get your gaming on.

More importantly, if this converged device succeeds, it could lead the way to a future, more expensive Bravia featuring an integrated PlayStation 3 and a 1080p Full HD panel.

More details regarding the unlikely device are available on the Richer Sounds website.