The PlayStation 2 Ceases Shipping In Japan, Begins Well-Deserved Victory Lap

Kotaku: "We've joked about its refusal to die before, but today, finally, the console begins its march into the history books. Having sold over 150 million units since its release in 2000, the PlayStation 2 has today ceased shipping to Japanese retailers, meaning once remaining stock is gone, it's gone."

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Godchild10202003d ago (Edited 2003d ago )

The PlayStation 2 had an amazing run and it brought joy to over 150+ million users in the world.

A moment of silence for the king of HOME consoles.

decrypt2003d ago (Edited 2003d ago )

So what do people who want to play their old games do now when their PS2 dies?

Godchild10202003d ago

They can buy a used one from Ebay, Craigslist or Amazon. I'm not sure what stores are in Japan. They could also import one from another country. Sony stopped shipping them in Japan, but they never mention anywhere else.

If you are in the US, you can still get them from any location, new or used.

KangarooSam2003d ago (Edited 2003d ago )

Damn, if only someone invented backwards compatibility. Or emulators. Or buying one of the 150+ million others PS2s (minus 1).

IAMERROR2003d ago

uhhh tough luck? They buy a used working one? Just like every other discontinued system in history.

GribbleGrunger2003d ago (Edited 2003d ago )

You mean those that are already eager for the PS4 or the 360? Oh, they'll complain that the PS2 is gone. Just to verify: This is ONLY in Japan. If I was a betting man I'd have a few bob on Sony doing this to help bump the sales of the Vita and PS3.

wishingW3L2003d ago (Edited 2003d ago )

PS2 are known to have unreliable lasers so buying used is not an option. My PS2 slim is just 1 year old and sometimes the discs don't spin and the loading are like really long. BC is extinct so the only way to play the games would be through emulation.

But one can't be real on N4G because the fanboys will take away your bubbles and flood you with disagrees. On this site the comments with the most disagrees are often the ones you should believe the most.

DeadlyFire2003d ago

Even if only in Japan its the start of the shutdown for PS2 production as PS3 or PS4 production takes over those factories in 2013.

Qrphe2003d ago


The used fat one I got earlier this year was hacked and running backups from the hdd. I'm still playing games too, so many!!!!!!

darthv722003d ago

No offense sony but you could have retired (the hardware) when the ps3 was released.

That doesnt mean game development would have to stop for it. Games generally continue to get released even after the hardware stops flowing.

i retired my PS2 when I got my 80gb BC PS3 simply because I would still be able to play my PS2 games on the new system.

sony, you have your reasons for doing things but that doesnt mean they are the right ones. Bad decisions are bad decisions and while you had great success with the ps2 platform...the bad decision was to continue to promote it instead of putting more marketing effort into your new flagship successor.

Eh...that last part is my own POV in regards to it being a bad decision but sony had made some straight up bad decisions with the best intentions.

And since this is geared towards the "hardware" I make no disparaging remarks to the library of games. They are, if not one of, the best library of games ever released. So much diversity for any type of player.

P_Bomb2003d ago (Edited 2003d ago )

I don't know man. I have a hard time grieving a console that did 150 million in sales. Don't see it falling anywhere remotely close to the Sony "bad desisions" pile. They were selling more PS2s than 360s in Japan, why would they stop shipments of guaranteed money?

When MS killed off the first XBox, they also killed off game development for it. PS2 still had games in the pipeline. Supply and demand. Still had new AAA games being released for it 2006 and beyond like GOW2 and Okami.

As to your promotion peeve, I haven't seen the PS2 truly promoted since a couple years ago at E3 and that was more Tretton stat padding than "check out these new PS2 games". Even the PS1/PS2 classics on PSN have been anemic at best.

I retired my PS2 catalogue when I got my PS3 too, but it wasn't until late 2007. The PS3 didn't really start selling until MGS4 and the subsequent price drops and Slim models. I think Sony's faux pas was more pricing themselves out of the market in the beginning and playing catch up on services like PSN which didn't even have in-game messaging/XMB at the time. Their competition imo was more from MS and Wii's lower price points. MS' year head start made almost everything a timed exclusive on the XBox, and cheaper to play multiplats.

RumbleFish2003d ago

Just play it on PC (PCSX2).

darthv722003d ago

of removing my foot from my mouth in the previous statement.

I am just stating that had sony retired the ps2 sooner it could have lead to more marketing push for the ps3.

I see from the disagrees above that i phrased it wrong. But no matter as now sony can proceed full steam ahead with their current projects.

on a side note, the timing to stop production of anything is a risky one. It took nintendo several years after the SNES to put the NES out to pasture.

We know both sony and nintendo share the same values in long production runs but what about MS? They dropped the xbox after the 360 came out but would they be as abrupt again with their next system?

Outside_ofthe_Box2002d ago (Edited 2002d ago )

***"So what do people who want to play their old games do now when their PS2 dies?"***

The answer to that question is the answer to this question: So what do people who want to play their newly purchased PC game do now when they don't meet the system requirements?

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BlmThug2003d ago

Still the king of kings in my heart with the playstation one a close second. I salute you both sir for bringing me immense gaming pleasure :')

ConstipatedGorilla2003d ago

For me, my fav was SNES, but I was born in 79. Lots of great systems through the years and PS2 was definitely among the best. Sad to say goodbye.

torchic2003d ago

this is not the end, it's still being sold/shipped in other territories.

GraveLord2003d ago

King of all consoles, not just home.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney2003d ago (Edited 2003d ago )

Ps2 is the king indeed!! Also ps4 confirmed!!

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Tetsujin2003d ago

I still need to finish that game, one of the best I've ever played.

majiebeast2003d ago (Edited 2003d ago )

12 years of bringing gamers joy. Lets hope the ps3 also brings gamers joy for 12 years.

gumgum992003d ago

I personally hope it lasts even longer just as PS2 lasted more than 1 year longer than PS1. The PS3 has the potential to last at least an extra 2 years or so past its 10th anniversary.

wiiulee2003d ago

lol begins victory lap..who were they competing with....isnt that generation over...but ps2 was a great system that sold a bunch....wii won this generation and i fully expect wiiu to win the next despite haters

Godmars2902003d ago

This gen was a total mess.

Pretty close to one anyway.

Silly gameAr2003d ago

You sound like a bit of a hater yourself. Sounds like you're trying to shrug off what Sony accomplished with the PS2.

torchic2003d ago

I don't get how you can hate on the PS2. ranks up there as one of the best things if not the best thing that has ever come out of Sony, a company which has made many great products, many great innovations.

Blank2003d ago

Okay this is a ps2 article im not gonna diss the wii because I respect it but I dont respect insecure punks like you go praise the nintendo articles and leave us the people that respect gaming away from your negative flame baiting

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blackblades2003d ago

Why cease it, its still selling right and on another note is that a sign for the next system to be coming.

torchic2003d ago (Edited 2003d ago )

it would be ridiculous to have PS2/PS3/PS4 all on the market at the same time. in my country PS2 still gets a lot of coverage which obviously eat into PS3 sales. and it doesn't help that EA still makes FIFA for PS2.

like in some shops you see brand new versions of Final Fantasy X/X-2/XII, Grand Theft Auto III/SA/VC, GT4 etc. stocked very well and still somewhat flying off the shelves.

I've been calling it for a while. I thought they'd do it sometime during the 1st half of 2013, but it seems like they want to slowly phase it out. I also think that at E3 Sony will kill the PS2 for good while price cutting the PS3 (or just introduce the 12GB worldwide). sad, but it needs to happen for sake of the PS3/PS4/Vita

once Vita gets a sizable library, the PSP will go too but that might take a few years.

rainslacker2003d ago

Eventually you have to make way for new things. Factories have to be freed up to do other things. They may not sell enough anymore to make enough revenues to make it worth it. The system has sold well past it's intended shelf life. They don't want to have 3 systems on the market, and want people to get the PS3 before the PS4 gets announced. They want to get the 3rd party developers still making games on it to move on to the PS3 or PS4. They don't want to spend the money on support for it anymore. So many reasons why something could be discontinued. It was bound to happen eventually.