Sony's PlayStation 2 to be discontinued in Japan: Is this (finally) goodbye?

Launched back in 2000, the successor to the original PlayStation featured a 295 MHz processor with 32 MB of memory. Nobody expected Sony's gaming console to break sales records with more than 155 million units sold around the world, but it seems the iconic console is heading for retirement. Sony announced that it has ceased shipping the PlayStation 2 in Japan, the country where the system was originally launched over 12 years ago.

It's not clear if shipments will be halted in other regions as well, but given the age of the PS2 we could be looking at the beginning of the end. With the PlayStation 4 under development, and the PlayStation 3 turning seven next year, it seems only logical to slowly say goodbye to the best-selling console worldwide. However the gaming system is still quite popular among consumers: one million units were sold last year. Games are also still being made, like FIFA 13 and PES 2013 which were released not too long ago.

It could be that Sony will continue to ship the console in markets as Brazil, India and China where sales are still relatively high. To put things in perspective: the PS2 was launched just three years ago in Brazil. When the PS4 comes out in America and Europe, it's likely that the PS3 will be positioned as the budget console in Sony's line-up.

Source: Famitsu via TechSpot | Image via Wikipedia

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Google got over 50 million URL removal requests in 2012

Next Story

Microsoft giving free month of Xbox Live Gold to those impacted by cloud saves outage

44 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

No thanks, I prefer REAL games, not kiddie games like Super Mario that have been reworked hundreds of times My PC and Xbox 360 will do fine, they have for the last 9 years including my old Xbox 1. Microsoft might be new to the gaming scene but they're getting things spot on, the hardware kinks are all worked out, my 360 has outlasted my girlfriend's 3 Wii consoles that have failed.

Nothing is built to last these days, but Sony stuff seems to be getting cheaper, just look at the 3 iterations of PS3, what it used to be and what it is now. A toploader optical?? They went out in the 90's!

Good riddance as far as I'm concerned. I still have the three dead PS2 consoles I gave up replacing lasers and power supplies on somewhere in the outhouse. The original brick Playstation was just as bad for broken ball bearing disc clamp spindles, the PSOne seemed better and I still have mine that works. It only still works because the Xbox made it redundant.

The PS3 has been just as bad, I have two FAT ones (one YLoD and one dead Blu-Ray) plus a brand new Slim that only got 10 hours use over 2 years then died with graphics artifacting. I've never bothered fixing them, my Xbox 1 and 360 has outlasted them all.

And I'm an electronics repairer who does vacuum reworking on consoles, before you say I don't know my stuff, like the Register's fannygirls do. Sony cannot, and never have made a laser that lasts, whether it's a CD player, DVD or BluRay, the amount of laser replacements I have done in my time for Sony electronics has been shocking. They will either fail gradually or suddenly, just like power supplies in Sony goods.

The Wii seems ok so far, but I've seen a lot of dead Gamecubes. Optical drives are just not very reliable and won't last long no matter what device they are in, the sooner they are gone the better. I wish we could go back to solid state cartridges now that we have the capacity, but they probably won't due to the cost.

Hahaiah said,
They're still sitting on a gold mine....PORT TO ANDROID and IOS already, forget the hardware.

Don't get me wrong, the PS2 had a massive library of excellent hits. But wouldn't it be better to get new and innovative games on the Android and iOS platforms instead of old ports?

The "emotion engine" is another Sony orientated arch that requires significant CPU usage to emulate / recode on non-native hardware. No way for a mobile device to easily pull this off without the necessary chipset at this time.

They should have marketed it more towards the youth market against the Wii in the last few years, along with the EyeToy I think they missed a trick there.

$199 for a totally obsolete games console?!?

Well, you know what they say about fools and their money . . .

$199 would probably be a bargain for an antique piece of art like a 100 year old painting.

S199 is a complete rip-off for such an obsolete piece of junk like a PlayStation 2.

Why are they fools? Lets say my PS2 died, I would pay that sum in an instant if I had some good memories with the console and it's games (which I actually have). Memories are the things that bring us to that price and paying it..

I recently bought an AMD Phenom 2 x6 1100T for around $500 as they are hard to find, so I'm a fool now?

Can't say the same thing about paintings which people pay millions for and have no memories to start with.

Now, go look on Amazon and eBay for NEW (I said new) PS2 and look at the asked price! $199 is the cheapest I could find! Wow, people think they are going to make profit with those...

I would suggest going to look for a new SNES console. Just from a brief check on Amazon they are going for £600. And there are some (not many, I grant you) that will pay that kind of money to relieve their childhood memories.

TruckWEB said,
Now, go look on Amazon and eBay for NEW (I said new) PS2 and look at the asked price! $199 is the cheapest I could find! Wow, people think they are going to make profit with those...

Lol... they are still commonly found in German brick and mortar stores...

Hmmm.... 180 + free world wide shipping, deal anyone?

GS:mac

DConnell said,
If you have a large collection of games for the PS2 that you regularly play, $200 isn't that much really to keep playing them.

Yes it is. Just buy a used one

Don't get the dire need for a brand new device that's been out forever if maintaining the playability of your games is a major concern.

The only reason for a new device would be that you either direly need or want the shininess of a new device or the warranty.
However the PS2 is a rock, it barely breaks and second hand devices are still easily available anywhere, so even if a used one breaks, it's easily cheaper to just buy another used one than to pay the premium on a new console to begin with for the warranty.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,
However the PS2 is a rock, it barely breaks and second hand devices are still easily available anywhere, so even if a used one breaks, it's easily cheaper to just buy another used one than to pay the premium on a new console to begin with for the warranty.

Indeed, my neighbor's kid picked up a used PS2 a few months back quite cheaply, and it's been running flawlessly since he got it.. granted it gets light use, he mentioned about half of his games are just run through an emulator, the unit is mostly for a few that don't run properly otherwise. I have a few of them myself via an emulator, I'm half tempted to snag a real unit next time I see one at a decent price, just because. (I still have a few oldies, still fire up the Intellivision and DreamCast every now and then.)

Intrinsica said,
Heck, a 12 year run is not bad at all! RIP, PS2. I loved you dearly at the time.

And that's just the production.
There's still plenty of stock left and the console probably sold so well even post-PS3 due to the lack of PS2 compatibility on most of the models and the high price of the PS3.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,
(Still love the DC more though )

Dreamcast kicked it's arse. Superior in so many ways - internet gaming ahead of it's time (for console), better games, innovative controllers and memory cards/VMU, atleast the same graphical power if not more (nothing on PS2 matched Soul Calibur) but the Sony hype/marketing machine killed it, and Sega as well pretty much.

It's a good example of how great products don't always equal success. It's all about marketing and hype. Apple also proves that.

1Pixel said,

Dreamcast kicked it's arse. Superior in so many ways - internet gaming ahead of it's time (for console), better games, innovative controllers and memory cards/VMU, atleast the same graphical power if not more (nothing on PS2 matched Soul Calibur) but the Sony hype/marketing machine killed it, and Sega as well pretty much.

It's a good example of how great products don't always equal success. It's all about marketing and hype. Apple also proves that.


Ignoring your last statement I can pretty much agree here, except that due to DC launching ahead of the PS2 I think that in the marketing department Sony's not to blame as much as we should blame Sega.

They terribly failed at advertising the DC properly!
It's a real shame, because as you said, it had tons of potential, graphically it was ahead of its time and close to the PS2.

Sega could have had a field-day cashing in big had they had a better marketing strategy, because they certainly didn't fail due to a bad product or bad launch titles.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Ignoring your last statement I can pretty much agree here, except that due to DC launching ahead of the PS2 I think that in the marketing department Sony's not to blame as much as we should blame Sega.

They terribly failed at advertising the DC properly!
It's a real shame, because as you said, it had tons of potential, graphically it was ahead of its time and close to the PS2.

Sega could have had a field-day cashing in big had they had a better marketing strategy, because they certainly didn't fail due to a bad product or bad launch titles.

GS:mac

I can remember PS2 ads, I can't remember a DC ad.

The only game I enjoyed on the DC was House of the Dead 2, but that was the only game I had, then the console was stolen.

Dinggus said,

I can remember PS2 ads, I can't remember a DC ad.

The only game I enjoyed on the DC was House of the Dead 2, but that was the only game I had, then the console was stolen.

You know why it was stolen? Because it was an awesome console!

Dinggus said,

I can remember PS2 ads, I can't remember a DC ad.

NINE NINE NINETY-NINE

DC ads are the only thing I remember seeing on TV in 1999 besides the marketing machine that was Episode 1.

omgben said,

NINE NINE NINETY-NINE

DC ads are the only thing I remember seeing on TV in 1999 besides the marketing machine that was Episode 1.

Well, seeing I was in 7th grade, I don't remember a lot of things that far back unless they were hilarious things my friends and I have done. So, yeah I only remember PS2 ads for some reason, maybe a Crazy Taxi ad as well.