Bought a brand new Sony DVD player for $150 in 2001. It was a good one. PS2 was $300.
The bottom of the line, budget DVD player that Sony had released in 2001 was the DVP-NS300 which had a MSRP of $199.00.
So that may have been the case for you to get a $50 discount on a new Sony player, but it is uncommon for retailers to cut that much off the MSRP of a product the first year that model is introduced.
Below is Sony’s 2001 lineup for standalone single Disc DVD players:
- DVP-NS300 2001 MSRP: $199.00
- DVP-NS400D 2001 MSRP: $249.99
- DVP-NS500P 2001 MSRP: $300.00 Progressive scan
- DVP-NS700P 2001 MSRP: $349.00 Progressive scan
As you can see $199 was the lowest MSRP, but Sony had higher price points for better models.
In the overall market in 2001 the average price of a DVD player was also $193. – source
The PS2 came out in October 26, 2000 in North America. 2001 was its first full year in that market.
In 2001, almost a total of 13 Million DVD players (incl PS2) were sold in the United States.
In 2001, 8.41 Million PS2s were sold in North America.
So there the PS2 sold better than all other DVD players combined in 2001.
65% of all DVD players sold there in 2001 were PS2s.
In May of 2002, when the PS2 was reduced to only $199, it made it all the more attractive as a reasonably priced Game and DVD player combo.