Game Over for PlayStation 2
Sony will stop shipping new PlayStation 2 consoles in Japan, the company announced today (Dec. 28).
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Sony will stop shipping new PlayStation 2 consoles to retailers in Japan, Famitsu, a Japanese gaming website, reported. After that, what units are already on the market will be all that's left to buy. The console has been selling for nearly 13 years.
The PlayStation 2 debuted in Japan and the U.S. in 2000. It was the first home gaming system to play DVDs, which helped it spread. In later years, its low price tag — $100, according to the Sony website — and the variety of games it supported helped it continue to sell even after Sony introduced later PlayStations.
By January 2011, customers around the world had bought 150 million PlayStation 2s and more than 1.52 billion pieces of PlayStation 2 software, Sony announced. A search for "ps2" on Twitter today (Dec. 28) showed goodbye Tweets in several languages, including Japanese, English, French, Spanish and Russian.
There's still one new game that developers are planning to release for the console, Gamenguide reported: "Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin," an add-on to the original Final Fantasy XI title.