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How is the PlayStation 2 doing after all these years?

According to a report on, the venerable console is doing just fine, and still selling more than a million units a year.

When Sony argues, as it frequently does these days, that its video game consoles have a 10-year life cycle, critics often assume the company is just trying to make the point that its PlayStation 3 has many years left in which to become the dominant machine of the current generation.

The PlayStation 2 has been on the market for nearly nine years, proving there may well be truth to Sony's claim of a 10-year console life cycle. Sony Computer Entertainment of America

There may be some truth to that interpretation, but at the same time, Sony does indeed have a point, as evidenced by the continued strong performance of its PlayStation 2, a console it has sold more than 140 million units of since launching it in 2000.

Even now, the PS2 is still selling fairly well, moving 188,000 units in June, just 14.1 percent less than the 219,800 Xbox 360s Microsoft sold in the same period, according to industry analyst the NPD Group.

With all that in mind, the good folks over at IGN ran a recent story looking at the "state" of the PS2. And the general conclusion? The PS2 is doing just fine, thank you--even after all these years.

"For the time being, the PS2 doesn't seem to be left in the lurch and seems destined to actually live up to the much-vaunted '10-year life cycle' that Sony keeps talking about," IGN's Sam Bishop wrote. "Some developers like Atlus and Sega, are still supporting the system with new, exclusive games like Persona 4 and Yakuza 2, respectively. With no shortage of Guitar Heroes or Maddens, the system's library isn't nearly as bleak as one would assume for a console entering the full decade stretch."

The article goes on to make the case that the PS2 still offers a full spectrum of games in all categories, and that with the success of Nintendo's Wii, the PS2 is very well positioned as a more casual game machine.

"The bottom line is that the PS2 is hardly down and out," Bishop wrote. "It's a little surprising, really--even to us--that the library has this much steam. Chalk it up to plenty of familiarity with the hardware...,an absolutely epic install base that's still growing, and the fact that the PS2 is just plain awesome, and you can see why we're still staring down another monster end of the year."