Sony still committed to PS2, says Reeves
- Posted August 24th, 2007 at 15:36 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 6 Comments
Despite focusing much of its efforts on the next-generation hardware battle, Sony has stated that it still aims to support its PlayStation 2 console and has urged publishers to continue making software for the seven-year old machine.
"We are committing funds for PS2 ... we encourage third parties to continue development for PS2. If they bring a PS3 version out, they can bring a PS2 version out as well," said Sony Computer Entertainment Europe President, David Reeves, in an interview with Reuters.
"There is a lot of money still. What happened last time with PS1 is that they left a lot of money on the table by making the transition too quickly.”
With a global user base of over 100 million since it’s launch in 2000, PlayStation 2 has remained one of the most successful selling consoles on a monthly basis in North America, surpassed only by Nintendo’s Wii. More recently, the company reported sales of 220,000 PS2 consoles for the month of July; compared to 159,000 PS3’s shifted.
Furthermore, Reeves said that he expects game development for the console to last another three – four years; however, Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot was quick warn that these assertions may not apply to when developing content exclusively for PS2.
"The problem is that you have lots of machines that stay on the market, but very quickly the retail prices are going down, so the gross margins go down," observed Guillemot.
"If you can do the game on PS2 on top of other formats, it in fact is extra money. 'Ninja Turtles' sold lots of games, that was really extra money.”
- 1:03pm EDT - August 24th, 2007
The PS2 is selling really good but I don't see myself buying anymore PS2 games when I'm expecting games with better graphics and gameplay.
- 1:40pm EDT - August 24th, 2007
psn id: gingo.... i personally wont be buying anymore ps2 games but at least sony aren't selling short the people that made their gaming side of the company as big as it is
- 2:05pm EDT - August 24th, 2007
dont plan on buyin another ps2 game unless its too awesome and exclusive so ya.... but with the installed base sony would be retarded to stop developing for the ps2 hopefully theyll keep the ps2 and ps3 running strong
- 9:40pm EDT - August 24th, 2007
i just bought both god of war games. i love them and expect to buy more ps2 games, like BLACK and maybe mgs3. I think the PS2 is doing very well and wont slow down for a while yet.
- 10:21pm EDT - August 24th, 2007
With the collection I have, I can go another 7 years. Plus being a DVD player, it's a great little extra console for kids.
- 2:19am EDT - August 25th, 2007
"We are committed to PS2 but not with backward compatibility"... Sony, get your act together and put back hardware base compatibility. Sell the cheap emulation version to China but leave us with 100% compatibility.
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