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Sony kills the PS2 in Japan, but keeps making games for it
By Joe Svetlik on 29 December 2012, 12:10pm
Sony kills the PS2
Sony has stopped making the PlayStation 2 in Japan, almost 13 years after the console was launched. Could it come to the end of its long life here in the UK too?
Just because the console is no longer being manufactured doesn’t mean there’ll be no more games for it though. Sony will continue developing and selling games for the PS2 according to Famitsu, via CNET. Seriously, I didn’t know games were still being released for it.
But then I suppose it makes sense, seeing as it’s the best-selling console of all time. More than 155 million of the blighters have been sold around the world, and more than 1.52 billion games. That’s quite some user base. No wonder it’s got a back catalogue of almost 11,000 titles.
It’s also big in countries that have missed out on newer consoles, like Brazil, Russia, India and China. And those countries aren’t exactly sparsely populated.
The PS2 went on sale in the UK in November 2000. I still remember the first time I saw Grand Theft Auto 3 in action. I’m sure I’m not alone in buying a PS2 purely for that game. Or for losing hours of “study time” at university to its charms. And Vice City, that came out in my final year. That game’s got a lot to answer for.
A slimmer version of the console launched in 2004 which was smaller, thinner, and quieter than the original. Sony started this trend with the PSOne, and continued it with the slimmer PS3 just recently. Which is great, though a bit annoying if you bought the original. My first generation PS3 looks a right hulking beast next to the newer one.[source : CNET]