Sony Will Finally Discontinue Support for the PS2 After 18 Years
After almost twenty years, Sony is finally pulling the plug on the PlayStation 2. While the console has been out of production since 2012, Sony Interactive Entertainment continued to provide repairs and new parts to console owners in Japan. Now, the company is discontinuing service for the PS2 after September 7.
This marks the end of a magnificent run as the world’s best-selling game console. Announced in 1999 and launched in 2000, the PlayStation 2 was the beginning of a new era in game consoles with improved capabilities and home entertainment features like Internet connectivity and a DVD player. The PS2 remaining in production for 12 years, long past the release of the PS3, and sold over 155 million units. The PS2 launched exciting new games like Grand Theft Auto, Kingdom Hearts, and God of War and exclusive new entries in franchises like Final Fantasy and Metal Gear Solid. New games were still released on the PS2 as late as 2013!
Sony Japan required remaining PlayStation 2 owners to fill out online forms, due on August 31, if they wanted their consoles fixed one last time at the PlayStation Clinic in Iwate Prefecture. Further requests after September 7 will not be completed. Sony terminated customer support on August 31.
It’s the end of an era. Goodbye, PS2. We’ll miss you.