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Sony needs to start focusing more on the PS3 so my answer to this question is yes, I think they should.
They should continue to keep selling the ps2 because the people who are buying ps2's right now, are looking for the cheap option, they will be the same people buying ps3s 8 years from now when it's $149. If you were to stop production they will probably go for the next cheap option which is a wii or a 360. You have to cater to the casual and Hardcore stoping production of the ps2 is not really going to cater to the casual considering the ps3s price tag.
The PS2 is still a huge profit machine for Sony. Its the main reason Sony's Game division has still profited despite the losses they took on the PS3. As long as they continue to support the PS2, the PS2 will continue to support them.
i actually think the ps2 is competing more directly with the wii than the ps3, especially in terms of price point and games with innovation
Nop, they should not....the PS2 is the PS3's life insurance in SONY's game division...it allowed them to introduce a price cut at the right moment and rather than causing them lose PS3 focus today it allow them to focus more on PS3 and less on how to compete with the Wii.
they should discontinue ps2 and make ps3 fully backward compatible.
Should wait until it gets 150million sales and 10year lifespan then discontinue it, then have full focus on th ps3
"King PS3"...? wat a bellend... u yanks dont no wat "bellend" means i bet lol
They should of stop making them at least a year ago. Its sad that we are in the the 360 3rd year and the ps3 is in its 2nd year and still half the games made for them are ps2 ports. The ps2 is hurting the gaming industry and holdin it back. Sony wont drop it cause as many pointed out its a makes a ton of money for them still. However I think its actually getting to the point where its hurting them. They are losing ps3 customers to the ps2 not only that by waiting they might be more likely to go with a 360 over a ps3. All the ps big name games are ending up on the 360 more and more are going multiplatfrom so many will wonder why spend the extra money on a ps3 when you can play DMC4, GTA4, RE5 SH5, VF5 (thats a lot of 5's)and now FF13 on the 360. Could Tekken be the next on to go to the 360 ? and all of less money. Plus the 360 has really big name exclusives like Halo and GoW. They have a few once ps exclusive like Star Ocean and Ace Combat too
Would U stop selling SnowCones to Eskimoes, if they keep on buying it? Would U stop selling Bags of Sand to people living in the Desert buying your bags of Sand? You prolly wouldnt why stop a good thing that keeps on Chugging? "If it Ain't Broke dont try to fix it" PS2 keep on doing U an let the rest happen captain!
whats happens to all those consumers that just bought the ps2, they buy a new system... i don't think sony works that way, theres only one more year left anyways to reach the ten year life cycle...
the PS2 is a cash cow. NO SMART businessman would dismiss it. EVER. As for focus, sony has more than enough resources to focus on more than one console.
First of all PS2 has not outsold Ps3 for quite some time. On to the article....I think Sony is gaing alot of money from PS2 and needs it to help balance out the ps3 losses. I also think Sony wants to wait until productions cost drop for PS3 and all the major franchises that PS2 owners loved come out and then it will drop support when the PS3 is the best possible deal and PS2 sales have declined greatly. The PS2 has started to decline and I think by the time God of war 3 comes out, the PS3 will have had another price cut, Blu-Ray will become more of a standard, HD tvs will be in the majority of households, and PS2 owners will go out and see the PS3 and that is when PS3 sales will increase.
Couldn't be said better.
i like people with common sense.. bubbles for you
By the time God of War comes out, most people still won't have HD. And I don't believe Blu-ray will ever become the standard. Even Sony sells movie though downloads now, I think they're hedging their bet. But I don't understand why people would want them to cut 1 of the only two profitable things in the division. You take away the PS2 and all you have left is the PSP, and it's no software mover. If they did that this year, Sony would see a lose in the 2 billion range again. Right now it will probably be in 500 million range. One person actually posted that the games division is only profitable because of the PS2. Sony's games division has had a profit in 3 years. It has lost over 4 billion dollars. I think people forget this is business and that Sony is a publicly traded company. People most likely aren't buying PS3s because of price, price will remain an issue longer if you get rid of the PS2. Every PS3 sold is at a lose and another year of multi-billion loses won't be tolerated by shareholders.
Bubble for you!
you are good.... bubbles mate
But if Sony discontinues the PS2, Microsoft won't be able to brag about how the Xbox360 barely outsold it each month during the NPD results.
by the the PS2 almost each and every single day of the year 2007 , something the 360 never experienced according to that same NPD. And the article talks about "forcing"...who has ever felt forced to buy a console? If they stop the PS2 it wont "force" anyone at all , it could just push them to look a little closer at the wii and probably the 360 arcade.Somebody who buys a PS2 in 2008 is obviously not somebody who's crazy about online , or who cares for bluray.By the way , the article fails when it says discontinuing an old console forces the consumer to "...........".Nobody except for fanboys will pick a console because of the brand. Saying that discontinuing forces (for both MSFT and Sony) just isnt true.Not having the option to choose between a 150 euro PS2 will just push the consumer to look for an equivalent.The guy who wanted to buy an xbox in 2006 for 100 euros will not feel forced to buy a the 360 for 400 euros , he would probably get a PS2 or a Wii. It could be a good decision and help push more PS3's or it could be a gift to the Wii and maybe to a smaller extent the 360 arcade. Sony should push the PS2 as log as they can , or at least untill the PS3 has another price drop.
You like Xbox a lot and hate Sony don't you? LMAO...it's ok
....for being 9 years old. stop production when people stop buying it. simple as that. sony is making money off of it.
sony is waiting for that 10 year mark so they can rub it in everyone's faces
what in my post leads you to say that I hate Sony ?
wtf is this guy retarded? I take that back he is freakin retarded! The sales of the ps2 won't go into the ps3 in one to one ratio like this guy is thinking and NO xbox sales didn't transfer to the 360 sales, the 360 is selling like it is because of better games, and a year head start as only next gen console in the market.
I say, "more games...not better". when things are easy to make you get a lot of sh1t because it's easy to make and if it sells just a little bit it's okay because it didn't cost a lot to make because it was easy...but for the sucker buying the sh1t it still cost too much and that's nothing to brag about. ...that and it's limited to a DVD but it's trying to be HD.
the Wii, not the 360 there.
release a good motion controller for PS2
Especially if the controller could backward compatible with the huge library of Ps2 games. Who would buy a Wii with US$100 Ps2 and Play-mote + huge library of games....oh, yeah, DVD playback.
Discontinue is too harsh a word for this great console. "Retire" is more the word. Retire it as the greatest console ever(but eventually surpassed by the PS3).
PS3 eventually surpassing Ps2? Not this gen buddy, 15million in 2 1/2 years, how long to reach 100 million? 14 years? In next five years things will drastically change with new consoles by MS and Ninty and even sony themselves will not wait cuz they know the penalty for launching a year late.
The PS3 has been selling at a faster rate than PS2 did since launch (in corresponding months), and it will only sell even more because of blu-ray, HDTV adoption, growing library of games and eventually - price cut in 2009. The PS2 attracted geeks from PS1 and Nintendo systems, but today the console market has grown and attracts offline and online PC gamers, the games are no longer japanese-influenced and they are more accessible and appealing for casual gamers and people that just didn't grow up playing *NES, Atari, Sega, PS1, N64, etc. Besides it's not sure if MS wants to launch another xbox in the near future because: 1. Sony isn't going to do it, 2. 360 will start generating an increasing profit for the first time in MS's video games adventure 3. The hardware will probably have to be more expensive (number of Cores, StreamPUs multiplied and they will want to have a reliable console this time) 4. MS is already evolving the "xbox experience" with the new dash. 5. Current consoles will not become out of date as fast as PS2 because they have a firmware and online integration which can be upgraded with new features.
I hear what some of you are saying about them focusing more on the ps3. But at the same time, why throw away your previous console if it's still making such good profit?
It hasnt been 10 years yet so keep going.
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In my opinion.. if they discontinued the PS2, it would force people to buy a Wii or Xbox 360 as well as a PS3. I think they should wait for one more price drop, THEN discontinue if it's in the cards. That way, the PS3 would seem even more appealing to people trying to save a buck. ;-B
the PS2 should stay around for just as long as the wii.
No, the PS2 is still in demand. discontinuing the PS2 not only will it not bring new gamers into the Playstation platform, but it will risk SCEA to remain in the red. the PS2 is pumping revenue towards SCE while the PS3 is still attempting to be profitable by the end of this fiscal year. plus new gamers who would by into a ps2 today, would most likely by a PS3 in the future when there is a price cut. and besides, by kill the PS2 when it sells about approximately 200,000 units PER MONTH in the US alone? that's ludicrous! plus the 10 year run that sony promised on the PS2 isnt done yet we are still at YEAR 8. another thing to add is that the PS2 has potential to compete with the wii, all sony has to do is upgrade the controller. when you think about it, both consoles (the wii and the PS2) have the same graphics capabilities with the wii have small gpu advantage over the PS2. Gameplay wise, the wii has the wii mote. the PS2 can have that same capability if sony upgrades a DS2 to a motion controller and pack it in a box. and BTW, the multiplatform games that are on the wii are PS2 ports(i am not saying all of them just in case) if there is a Huge forseeable price cut in the future on the PS3 (say a $100 price cut) and those new gamers who were thinking about jumping towards a PS2 just skips to a PS3 because of that huge price cut, then sony should discontinue it if the sales start getting slow.
Nice post pwnsauce. I was going to disagree that the ps2 should continue to exist. Your post gave me a new point of view.
Sorry to burst your bubble ms didnt simply just stop production of the xbox They didnt own the rights to the parts causing them to not be able to produce them any more.
South America and South Asia/India so No they shouldn't discontinue the PS2. They should add backwards compatability to all PS3's and discontinue the PS2 after the PS4 is set to come out (with full PS1/PS2/PS3 backwards compatability.)
BC is the shizzle. Don't really use it much, but it is nice to be able to pop in GTA:SA every once in a while and thug it out.
Its sells damn near as many units as the 360 on a weekly basis.
phony will lose if they discontinue the ps2 they're losing cuz of the ps3 so they need the ps2 sony sucks anyways X360 FTW
just like microsoft lost when they discontinue the Xbox 1? yeah, go STFU.
would sony do this as long as it still makes them money and keeps consumers happy, it is the greatest console of all time after all. This is some xbot who wants sony to discontinue it so they dont feel as bad as when M$ screwed him by ditching the first flopbox!!!
its like throwing a bone an see who'll nibble. what is the big deal?? everyone should know average consumer either can't or wont buy a high price console. and to keep casual gamers afloat ps2 is still alive and kicking. until ps3 is lower to 199.00 with backward compatibility those are the 2 main issues with casual gamers. re-cap price to high no backward compatibility.
I can't tell you who writes these articles, but I can tell you who doesn't...English majors. :P
What a poorly written article...
If they're making money on it, they really don't care what you think. :P
they should keep selling it. It makes sony money, that they can then spend on expensive PS3 exclusives, like killzone 2. At least we can tell that from psat experience thye will keep supporting the PS3 for many years to come, making the initial expensivness of it not so bad. If they stop selling the PS2 early, they may do the same with the PS3, which is not a good thing. Also, people that would have got a PS2 may get a Wii or a 360 arcade instead as they are the next cheapest thing, which means less chance of them buying a PS3 in the long run, which means less support from third parties as a lower install base
Why would Sony discontinue the system that is selling 250k/ month in the US alone that is basically 90% profit at this point? Every PS2 sold is money going towards first party PS3 development.
The PS2 is a great system; it is very profitable and appeals to an entirely different audience than the PS3. Do you really think that someone who was planning to spend £80 on a PS2 would suddenly switch to a £300 PS3? The PS2 is one of the greatest systems ever and it is useful for Sony to continue to spread the PlayStation brand to poor countries and non gamers in the west. When the PS2 hits a price of about £200 then it is a different story but until then let something that can sell well do what it does. But asking if I think Sony should be using E3 and te like to promote the PS2 is a different matter; the market for the PS2 is not at E3 and should not be treated like it is.
Good points. One more thing the main selling points for ps2 are that 99% are modded to be able to play all region and pirated games for as low as $2. Had the console been only able to play original games costing 30-40$ then the number of units sold would have been drastically low. I'd say keep churning out ps2 as long as devs are willing to keep making games for it.
"Good points. One more thing the main selling points for ps2 are that 99% are modded to be able to play all region and pirated games for as low as $2. Had the console been only able to play original games costing 30-40$ then the number of units sold would have been drastically low." Then explain why the original XBox didn't fly off the shelves in record numbers... It was EASY to mod, you could upgrade the hard drive and not even have to bother with discs (just rent a game, save it to the hard drive, and return it), and with movie/game rental stores like Blockbuster, and online services like GameFly offering flat-rate unlimited game rentals, you could REALLY rack up a collection in no-time, and inexpensively... Yet the XBox only sold 24 Million over its lifetime, versus 140 Million for the PS2... Besides, if that many people were modding their PS2's, why would developers bother putting out games for the system? Look at what piracy is doing to PC gaming... Just my $0.02
The funny thing is... That the PS2 is going to still be around long after the 'xBox 3$hity' has long gone!!! ;-D Original xBox??? GONE??? xBox 360??? GOING...GOING...Soon GONE!!! ;-D Keep it going!!! The war is xBox 360 Vs PS........2!!!;-D
They shouldn't because if i wanna buy games like Buzz, SingStar and so on, i would buy a ps2 for them, because its much smaller and cheaper.
Especially if Sony is still making a loss on every Ps3 sold. Ps2 profits can soften the impact of these losses. Obvious.
Hmm, is "kingps3" the fake Sony blog from Xboxkings ? On topic: ridiculous idea, as long as there is a demand for a cheap mainstream system they should sell it. The whole idea that you would somehow 'force' people to by your premium system if you deny them the entry system is so unreal that one has to wonder what is in the hollow shells sitting on top the necks of the kingps3's 'writers' Right now the PS2 is the cheap entry drug to get future customers hooked on games like Buzz, Singstar and God of war. Games you will only find on the Playstation brand as its produced inhouse. Therefor its more likely that these customers will buy a PS3 instead of another system when the system gets closer to the $200 range.
Keep the PS2! It's still a great system with a huge library of games.
The ps2 is the only reason why the gaming division is making money. It would be stupid to discontinue it.
And while you do, think about this... your precious 360 is being outsold... by a LAST GEN console.
They should still keep it for as long as possible. It's still selling well and could help pay for the PSN servers.
should discontinue support for the ps2 why. come on the ps1 games are crap compared to the ps1. the ps2 library is very impressive there are different games to satisfy anyone from any gaming genre. if sony wants to discontinue any support i say ditch the ps1 crap they been shoving at us and continue support for the ps2 and ps3.
The crappy Wii is more powerful!
Wow you're a total retard.