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Sony shuts down the PlayStation 2 in Japan

One of the best-selling consoles of all-time stops Japanese shipments

Sony has ceased shipments of the PlayStation 2 console in Japan, according to Famitsu (translated via Kotaku). The console was released in Japan way back in March of 2000 and has sold 21 million units in region as of December 23. Globally, the system has sold 153.6 million units since launch until the beginning of 2012.

Users in Japan can still purchase new PlayStation 2 systems, but once the stock is gone, it's gone.

There's been no additional word of the PlayStation 2 reaching end-of-life in other regions.

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
It's actually nice that the PS2 lasted so long in Japan. I'm gathering 12 years will be the longest cycle for any home console this century, so I guess it's good to see Sony at least letting the system sell out completely to a base of new users who aren't obsessed with having the latest wonder, someone who wants something inexpensive for the kids or people replacing a dead system...
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Jamie Read 3D Artist, Neon Play Ltd3 years ago
'Globally, the system has sold 153.6 million units since the beginning of 2012'
I think that sentence is worded wrong :)
PS2 is one of those consoles that will go down in history as one of the greats. Fantastic selection of games and an incredible lifespan on the market to boot.
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 3 years ago
I for one am looking to purchase another one. I have an enormouse collection of games and would like a working console to run them on for the foreseeable future. This console has always kept me happy.
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Doug Paras3 years ago
I'm gonna have to pick up a new PS2 cause I'm not willing to have to wait to buy all the PS1/2 games I still have on PS3 cause its not Backwords compatible.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
I recently streamlined my PS2 collection down to about 250 or so games (not including demos) and still have a few working consoles here, but I think I need to locate a debug unit, as I don't have access to one anymore and I like to go back and poke around old game code here for the occasional article or purely nostalgic purposes...
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