News
 

Bookmark and Share

(1) 

Sony Computer Entertainment reportedly has said that it had ceased production of its legendary PlayStation 2 video game console and would gradually cease to sell the system globally. Late last year the company discontinued sales of the PS2 in Japan, it now looks like the console will become unavailable on other markets as well.

Sony last week told The Guardian news-paper that after twelve years on the market, all PS2 production has ended worldwide. Late in December the company only ceased sales of the most successful home game machine of all time on its home market in Japan, but said nothing about other countries and regions. For example, PS2 is still popular in Latin America, a market that Sony Computer Entertainment entered just several years back.

It is unclear how many PlayStation 2 units have left in Sony’s global stock and how soon they are going to become unavailable in Europe and the U.S. Still, considering that Sony’s next-generation PlayStation seems to be near, it is time for PlayStation 2 to retire.

Sony PlayStation 2 was launched on March 4, 2000, and succeeded the highly successful PlayStation console, which was released back in 1994. Sony PS2 helped to drive DVD standard onto the mass market and also opened doors to various popular game franchises, such as Grand Theft Auto.

The PS2 has undergone eighteen major revisions, some only of internal construction and others involving substantial external changes. In general, there were two PlayStation 2 designs: the original one and the slimline one.

Sony has sold over 153 million PlayStation 2 game consoles worldwide to date.

Tags: Sony, Playstation

Discussion

Comments currently: 1
Discussion started: 01/10/13 11:27:12 AM
Latest comment: 01/10/13 11:27:12 AM

[1-1]

1. 
Makes sense. This could mean Sony will reposition PS3 at lower price levels once PS4 launches and let PS3 be the budget console in the same markets that PS2 successfully serviced when PS3 launched.
0 1 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 01/10/13 11:27:12 AM]
Reply

[1-1]

Add your Comment




Related news

Latest News

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

10:40 pm | ARM Preps Second-Generation “Artemis” and “Maya” 64-Bit ARMv8-A Offerings. ARM Readies 64-Bit Cores for Non-Traditional Applications

7:38 pm | AMD Vows to Introduce 20nm Products Next Year. AMD’s 20nm APUs, GPUs and Embedded Chips to Arrive in 2015

4:08 am | Microsoft to Unify All Windows Operating Systems for Client PCs. One Windows OS will Power PCs, Tablets and Smartphones

Monday, July 21, 2014

10:32 pm | PQI Debuts Flash Drive with Lightning and USB Connectors. PQI Offers Easy Way to Boost iPhone or iPad Storage

10:08 pm | Japan Display Begins to Mass Produce IPS-NEO Displays. JDI Begins to Mass Produce Rival for AMOLED Panels

12:56 pm | Microsoft to Fire 18,000 Employees to Boost Efficiency. Microsoft to Perform Massive Job Cut Ever Following Acquisition of Nokia