News: Sony No Longer Shipping Playstation 2 To Japan

playstation 2The beginning of the end…

It’s been a long time coming, but the time is now here, the Playstation 2 is getting ready to settle in the history of video games.

Sony has apparently stopped shipments of the humble Playstation 2 to Sony’s homeland, Japan. What this means is that when the existing stock of Playstation 2’s are sold, that’s it, no more.

The Playstation 2 has enjoyed a surprisingly long life, one that has spanned over a decade and over 150 million units sold.

First launching in Japan in the year 2000, it was an instant hit. When it later reached the Western shores it was just as big, no doubt helped by stellar title’s such as Grand Theft Auto III, Metal Gear Solid, Ratchet and Clank, Jack & Daxter and exclusives like Gran Turismo didn’t hurt it either.

With a library of well over 2000 games, it’d take you a lifetime to play everything on offer, in fact, that list of games is still growing with new releases being produced even now. Of course, the Playstation 2 isn’t dead just yet, it’s a class console that still demands the respect of collectors and is now the center piece of many a living room in developing countries where the Playstation 2 is a cheap and cheerful alternative to the still expensive Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Boasting the ability to play DVD’s, it’s easy to see why it’s still going strong, especially in those developing countries where value for money is a strong selling point.

I think we can still expect a few titles released for the aged console for a couple more years down the line, but it’s time to face the simple fact that it’s outdated and outclassed by newer machines, and if the reports that the Playstation 4 and the Xbox 360 successor are coming Christmas 2013, it’ll be two generations old and will struggle to get a look-in.

Do you still play a Playstation 2? What are your fondest memories of the beloved console? Let us know in the comments below. Remember to keep checking back with The Games Cabin for the latest gaming news and updates!

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