Retailers in Japan will no longer receive shipments of PlayStation 2 consoles, reports Famitsu. That means that once all current stock has been sold there will be no more PS2s for sale.
Though PlayStation 3 launched in 2006, the 12-year old PS2 has continued to sell well with estimates that more than 150 million units have been sold worldwide. With Sony looking toward its next-gen console, possibly to launch in late 2013, early 2014, the days of the PS2 finally look like they’re numbered.
Over the past few years, a mere sprinkling of titles have been developed for PS2, but such is the expansive back-catalogue of titles that Sony continued to manufacture consoles to keep up with demand which has led the PS2 to be named as the “best-selling home gaming console.”
The PS2 has spawned some massive franchises and some of the best games to have ever graced consoles, including God Of War, Shadow Of The Colossus and Grand Theft Auto. One thing we can be sure of is that the death of the PS3 isn’t going to follow any time soon. Sony has supported PS2 for 12 years and even after the release of its next console they’ll still be games developed for the PS3. Indeed, Sony has said that it will support the PS3 for at least 10 years.
Nonetheless, it feels like an end of great era and a good time to reflect on the PS2 and the joy it brought to millions of gamers around the world. Stay tuned for a feature about our favourite PS2 memories shortly. In the meantime, let us know your favourite memories of the PS2…