Sony Finally Kills the PS2
After 12 years, best-selling console of all time is no more
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 4, 2013 2:27 PM CST
The controller design may live on, but the PS2 is finally giving up the ghost.   (©)

(Newser) – It was the console that seemed like it would never die, but after 12 years, Sony has finally ceased production on the PlayStation 2, the Guardian reports. (We know what you're thinking: Yes, they were still making PS2s.) The console, originally launched in 2000, ends its run as arguably the most successful system of all time, selling 150 million units worldwide.

The move comes as the next generation of consoles winds down, with Nintendo launching the Wii U, and Microsoft expected to announce a new XBox this summer. The PS2's successor, the PS3, has sold about 70 million units since its 2006 launch, but has never matched the PS2's success—a major blow given how expensive it was to develop. Some believe that when Sony finally unveils the PS4, it will be the last traditional console. "Certainly the idea of console cycles that last seven years seems like a busted flush now," says a former PlayStation Magazine editor.

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Jan 8, 2013 8:39 AM CST
Admited sony is the one and only, but made a very bad decision about 10 months ago, they killed the best game of all time, they had millions of subscribers that changed from PS2 to PS3, but the game stayed in PS2 format, they decided to kill the game instead of changing format, maybe they will bring it back, but in the mean time lots of people will see how computer based games are and will never go back to there consoles, a true and horrible tradgedy - RIP EVERQUEST you are missed beyond compare, " I must leave, I am logging out of tunaria, goodbye " P.S. RIP SONY
Jan 4, 2013 6:48 PM CST
Who cares! Only idiots buy that junk. Turn your hat around, pull up your pants and get a job!
Jan 4, 2013 5:24 PM CST
I'm not moving up until my Atari 2600 dies.