Sony Co. has announced that it has stalled the production of PlayStation 2 consoles in Japan. The Japanese firm did not say what its plans were for production in other parts of the world.
Since launching the PlayStation 2 (PS2) in 2000, it has sold more than 150 million units worldwide, the Japan Times reports. The system’s popularity was pumped up with the $299 price point at launch, along with a built in DVD player and backwards compatibility, which means that it was capable of playing the entire PlayStation 1 library.
This vivid and strong library led to 1.52 billion games being sold for the system since its launch with many exclusive titles. According to the report, it became the best selling console of all times and was so popular that it outsold its replacement for the first three years.
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc’s Japanese website indicates that the shipments have been “completed”. But the software for the console is expected to be continued.
The recent invasion of good games in the smartphone segment have considerably affected all the gaming consoles and it has been 6 years since Sony has released the last Play Station. Rumours have it that the next gen PS4 might see the light in 2013.
But no supporting evidence is out yet to prove its existence.