The PS2 Just Will Not Die!

The PlayStation 2 was first released in the year 2000. It was presumed dead in 2006, with the advent of the PlayStation 3. Yet here we are, 11 years later, and the thing just will not stop selling.

Sony released its quarterly financial results overnight, and amidst all the money talk one figure stood out: hardware sales for the PlayStation 2. You see, over the last few years, they've barely changed. In fact, in two of the past three quarters, sales of the console have been as strong as they were a year ago, so strong that it matched and even sometimes outsold the PlayStation Portable.

While the current fiscal year has one more quarter left to run, Sony forecasts it will have sold six million PS2s by the end of it. Six million! That's only two million fewer than it expects to sell of the PSP, and not that far off the 15 million PS3s the company thinks it will sell.

To still be manufactured 11 years after it was first released is an achievement in itself. For new games to be released for the system 11 years after it was first released is just as big an achievement. But to sell six million consoles in a year so long after it was "replaced", and nearly four years after its last high profile game (God of War II) was released is astonishing.

To put that astonishment into cold, hard numbers, between October and December 2010, the PlayStation 2 sold 2.1 million units worldwide. That amount, while seemingly minor, was enough to push the console past a very significant milestone: 150 million consoles sold.

Yes, as of February 2011, Sony's official tally for PS2 consoles sold worldwide stands at 151.12 million, making it the first console in history to achieve such a feat. That's more than the NES, more than the SNES, more than the PlayStation, more than the DS and a lot more than the Wii.

Pragmatists will point to its $US99 price and continued popularity in developing markets as the reason for this prolonged success, but when you can boast a software library that includes Ico, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, God of War, Shadow of the Colossus, Okami, Final Fantasy XII, Gran Turismo 3, Metal Gear Solid 2, Devil May Cry and Ratchet & Clank, well, 150 million sold is exactly what it deserves.


Comments

    Mindboggling figures, especially when there were about 8 new games on Ps2 last year, 2 of which were Singstars.

    Looks like denying the consumer base backwards compatibility is a good business decision.

    (Damn it.)

    Best console ever... so many awesome games. My xmas 2001 unit is still working! :)

      Which is more than I can say for my 2008 60Gb PS3...

      *Continues to rage about the sharp descent in quality of game consoles*

    I'm actually considering purchasing a new PS2, which is pretty sad given the fact that I still haven't bothered replacing my dead PS3. Chances are I won't even bother replacing my PS3 with the slims starting to show signs of the YLoD. It's kinda sad that the winner of the next gen console race is the PS2... Nice work Sony, nice work...

    I only bought my PS2 2 years ago, totally worth it for the God of War and Ratchet and Clank games.
    Speaking of which, I want Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One already, damn waiting...

    I only recently purchased another ps2.
    I just got so sick of todays short attention spanned titles so I ditched my ps3. I dont feel im missing anything.
    The PS2 has more gamer's games in my opinion, especially rpg's.
    nowadays it seems that many of my fav once Sony franchises just arent the same. Look at Resident Evil, Tekken, Final Fantasy, Silent Hill, and even Metal Gear (Rising looks and sounds s**t!)
    And yes, I know none of these are Sony owned franchises. It just makes me a little sad! Lol

    Funny story. I sold my PS2 when the new consoles came out and purchased all of them; PS3, XBOX 360 and Wii. I had high hopes for JRPGs this generation, but those hopes were dashed. I have now sold the PS3, XBOX 360, and Wii and repurchased two phat model PS2's (30001 models - both unused) and a TEST PS2 as well. Luckily I didn't sell my PS2 JRPGs!!!. I also own an Japanese DS Lite (bought it Japan) and a Japanese PSP (playasia.com).

    At this point I am only interested in handheld and my PS2. I really thought the Wii would be the PS2's successor for JRPGs. I t seems I was wrong.

    I guess I will stock ip on a few extra PS2s or just sell off my entire PS2 rpg collection and stick with the DS Lite/3DS and the PSP/NGP.

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