Sony stops making PlayStation 2 in Japan

Jan 01, 2013
This file photo shows a student holding a newly bought Sony's PlayStation 2 video game console, in Tokyo, on March 4, 2000. Sony says it has stopped producing its PlayStation 2 consoles in Japan, fuelling online rumours a PlayStation 4 is in the pipeline.

Japanese electronics giant Sony said it has stopped producing its PlayStation 2 consoles in Japan, fuelling online rumours a PlayStation 4 is in the pipeline.

Since launching in 2000 the (PS2), which has a Blu-ray player, has sold more than 150 million units worldwide, making it the best selling console of all time and it was so popular it outsold the its replacement for the first three years.

Shipments have been "completed" for the hardware of PS2, the Japanese website of Inc. said with no further comment. The firm did not say what its plans were for production in other parts of the world.

Software for the console is expected to continue being produced.

The announcement sent gamers posting messages online, with some surprised the PS2 was still being made.

The news has sparked rumours that embattled Sony, which has been hit by falling sales owing to the popularity of games on smartphones, is planning a PlayStation 4, more than six years since launching the .

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BSD
1.5 / 5 (8) Jan 01, 2013
Sony is "embattled"....

Hardly surprising when they treat their customers like shit. Changing specifications through "upgrades" only to find functionality has been degraded (ref. the Linux "degrade").
atomsk
4 / 5 (8) Jan 01, 2013
...which has a Blu-ray player...

Nope, it has not.
PTK
3 / 5 (4) Jan 01, 2013
...which has a Blu-ray player...

Nope, it has not.


Which console illiterate person wrote this article! Jee wiz lmao
sirchick
1 / 5 (1) Jan 01, 2013
I'm guessing they would do this to upgrade their production for their next console.
zslewis
3 / 5 (2) Jan 01, 2013
Hardly surprising when they treat their customers like shit. Changing specifications through "upgrades" only to find functionality has been degraded (ref. the Linux "degrade").


sounds to me as though you are as console illiterate as the monkey that did the research for his article. ....."blue-ray in the year 2000" hahahahahaha! !.... ive been with sony since ps1. they care. they did away with alternate OS for a reason. secondly less then one percent of the game community used the function. and those who did, were never stopped from using linux (myself included) for there is always a way. ha
zslewis
1 / 5 (1) Jan 01, 2013
making it the best selling console of all time and it was so popular it outsold the its replacement for the first three years.


"the its"....nice
PS3
1 / 5 (2) Jan 01, 2013
PS2 was my first DVD player and PS3 was my first Bluray player.