Sony: PS2 Turns Nine Years Old, System's Life Cycle to Continue
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."
I have still two modded ps2's and they still work great and the large selection of games available is great, and at least we can play backup of games were as the ps3 cannot yet, and some of these games have some pretty decent graphics and with the HDTV Player we can up the picture quality which makes it better yet.Happy Birthday to the PS2.