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Sony: PS2 Turns Nine Years Old, System's Life Cycle to Continue


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265w ago - The PS2 turns nine years old this week, which Sony originally launched in the US sporting a $299 price tag.

The slimline PlayStation 2 console, introduced in 2004, still remains available on store shelves for a retail price of $99.

According to Sony Computer Entertainment America, the console has a worldwide installed base of nearly 140 million, with a library approaching 10,000 games having sold more than 500 million copies combined.

Although Nintendo's GameCube and Microsoft's original Xbox ceased production years ago, Sony today declared that the PS2 "shows no signs of slowing down" at the tail end of its 10-year life span.

According to the NPD Group, the PS2 sold 146,000 last month, down from 173,500 in September 2008 and 215,000 in September of 2007.

To quote from Sony's Senior Public Relations Specialist Abby Reyes:

"There's no set date for when the life cycle of PlayStation 2 will end. As long as people keep playing, and publishers keep putting out great new titles, the console's life cycle will continue.

The longevity of the PlayStation 2 can be directly attributed to its versatility. Because it's not only a game console, but a home entertainment hub, it has found its place in one out of every three U.S. households.

That huge install base has resulted in consistent developer support and a huge library of titles along with strong retail presence, all of which allows PlayStation 2 to remain the console of choice for years to come."



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mattfish's Avatar
#9 - mattfish - 264w ago
Definitely... I still play my ps2 quite often.

JoeLatics's Avatar
#8 - JoeLatics - 265w ago
Good news, indeed!

May the PS2 continue for many more years to come!!

aries2k6's Avatar
#7 - aries2k6 - 265w ago
Happy Birthday PS2!

My old phat ps2 is still going but the laser is finally starting to show it's age.
I won't let her rest though, with FMCB and HDL she lives on.

Joseph Stalin's Avatar
#6 - Joseph Stalin - 265w ago
With games like Persona or MGS 3 PS2 still rules out any console.

walidahmadi's Avatar
#5 - walidahmadi - 265w ago
My ps2 still rocks. the laser is dead but HDL keeps everything going nicely. And with artemis coming in nicely, we could have lots of gaming and cheating going on.

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