Is this Limited Edition (bestbuy.com) what you are talking about? Because I can't see anything special about that other than it's a regular old PS2, but that may be what's special about it, since its not one of the newer ones (bestbuy.com) that comes with the network adapter (and I think a built-in IR port for the DVD remote).
I had heard something about Sony dropping the price on the online bundle to $179.99, but the above ad indicates I may be incorrect.
At xboxic http://www.xboxic.com/news/1997 They talk about people experimenting with the new HD-DVD add on for the 360. Apparently it can hook up to any PC with ease and if you have XP or Vista you can access the file system and play HD movies.