Sony kills the PS2 in Japan, but keeps making games for it

Sony is stopping production of the PlayStation 2 in Japan, could it do the same over here?

Sony has stopped making the PlayStation 2 in Japan, almost 13 years after the console was launched. Could it come to the end of its long life here in the UK too?

Just because the console is no longer being manufactured doesn't mean there'll be no more games for it though. Sony will continue developing and selling games for the PS2 according to Famitsu, via CNET. Seriously, I didn't know games were still being released for it.

But then I suppose it makes sense, seeing as it's the best-selling console of all time. More than 155 million of the blighters have been flogged around the world, and more than 1.52 billion games. That's quite a user base. No wonder it's got a back catalogue of almost 11,000 titles.

It's also big in countries that have missed out on newer consoles, like Brazil, Russia, India and China. And those countries aren't exactly sparsely populated.

The PS2 went on sale in the UK in November 2000. I still remember the first time I saw Grand Theft Auto 3 in action. I'm sure I'm not alone in buying a PS2 purely for that game. Or for losing hours of "study time" at university to its charms. And Vice City, which came out in my final year, has a lot to answer for too.

A slimmer version of the console launched in 2004 which was smaller, and quieter than the original. Sony started this trend with the PSOne, and continued it with the slimmer PS3 just recently. Which is great, though a bit annoying if you bought the original. My first generation PS3 looks a right hulking beast next to the newer one.

What are your memories of the PS2? What were your favourite games? Do you still play them? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook page.

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