Sony Japan kills off the PlayStation 2

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The PlayStation 2 turned 18 just this year, meaning it’s time for it to set off as an independent adult. The product released in Japan on March 4, 2000, and worldwide by November 30, 2000. It would go on to be the best-selling console, standing at 157 million units sold by 2017.

No more after-sales services

On June 22, 2018, Sony Japan posted on their official website that they would discontinue repairs for the system after August 31. Customers who wanted servicing for their PS2 would have to apply for ‘after-sales services’ before August 31. They’d also have to make sure their console arrived to the PlayStation Clinic by September 7, 2018. Customers wish for a walk in service would have to deliver their consoles before August 31.

The End of an Era

Due to its built-in DVD player, the PS2 blew up in sales when it first launched. Those sales however led to undisputed support from Sony when it came to making games (looking at you PS Vita). It became the birthplace of several iconic gaming franchises and classics. Jak and Daxter, Sly Cooper, God of War and Shadow of the Colossus among many other classics debuted on the console. It’s also the home of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas which sold 17.33 million units as of 2009.
On January 4, 2013 the console officially discontinued production. However, news games were still being released for the system well into 2013, such as Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin and FIFA 14. It currently holds the place for the longest production cycle of a PlayStation console at 12 years, the runner-up being the original PlayStation at 11.
Feeling the woes? PlayStation Now is a streaming service that offers 650+ games from PS2, PS3 and PS4. It also recently added a new feature, prompting Sony to offer a discounted membership price. If you’re looking for nostalgia, give it a look.

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