Sony PlayStation 2 turns 9 years old

By Justin Mann on March 5, 2009, 8:48 AM
Generally, all the attention on consoles tends to be focused on the current generation of units. It's easy to forget however the hardware that came before, including the number one selling console of all time, the PlayStation 2, which to date has resulted in over 140 million sales around the world. To put that into perspective, that's more sales than the Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 combined. Those 140 million sales didn't have happen overnight, of course, and represent the long history of the console, which as of today has been on the market for exactly nine years.

While Sony's sales are impressive enough, what's more impressive is how much staying power this console in particular has had. While the number of new titles for it has dropped sharply, it still receives new title releases along with its more powerful successor and still generates significant sales today. If you have gamed for any length of time, you know that for the most part, no platform lasts this long. PCs get upgraded every few years or sooner, consoles typically last only a few years as well it is relatively few that remain this active so long after they emerged.

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yukka said:
dammit now i feel old..
gobbybobby said:
But yet it is still the most popular console on the market and most games are bought out on it. I remember paying 300 on launch day!
TorturedChaos said:
Woot for the PS2. Still have mine, and its not one of the newer crappy flat ones either.
tengeta said:
The PS2 came out in 99? What?
jimmy5 said:
I think Justin Mann should read the article he is referring to as the PS2 is 9 years old and coming into its 10th year, NOT 10 years old. It was released March 4, 2000 in Japan and October 26, 2000 in NA, November 24, 2000 in EU and November 30, 2000 in AUS
JosVilches said:
Thanks for pointing that out, it has been corrected now.
jimmy5 said:
NP.Sorry, didn't mean to sound sarcastic.
paulwuzhere said:
I remember having my dreamcast shaking my head at the PS2 thinking "It will never last". Well I stand corrected... still have my DC though.
yukka said:
ah its only the 10th year, not actually 10 years old? Ah now i feel slightly younger :)
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