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Sony sells 120 millionth PlayStation 2 unit

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 26 Oct 2007 18:03 User comments (27)

Sony sells 120 millionth PlayStation 2 unit Sony is celebrating the 7th anniversary of the PlayStation 2 by announcing that 120 million consoles have been sold worldwide making it by far the most popular gaming system ever released.
The company also said it had no plans to stop development for the PS2 until 2010 despite claims that the console was cannibalizing PlayStation 3 sales.

160 new games are expected for the system though March 2008 including "Guitar Hero 3", "Manhunt 2" and "Madden NFL 08" all of which should be huge hits. Additionally, Sony says it will be releasing a Ceramic White PS2 model bundled with "Singstar Pop" and two microphones for $149.99 USD.

"We look forward to the platform's continued growth and expect to sell approximately 12 million units worldwide by the end of March, leading us to anticipate that PlayStation 2's life cycle will exceed that of the original PlayStation," SCEA president and CEO Jack Tretton said in the announcement.

See you in 2010 PlayStation 2.

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27 user comments

126.10.2007 18:21

Hurray for the PS2. But I wonder will the PS2 really last until 2010?
Oh well, the PS2 is still going strong.

226.10.2007 18:34
jas6969
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I was just wondering, how many of these units sold are because people who bought PS2's had to buy replacements because their first one broke due to disc read errors etc . . .

All of my mates have gone through at least 1 PS2 due to this problem

326.10.2007 18:46
Saber9
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Madden 08 is already out. I guess it could last until 2010 since it is still outselling the PS3. Imagine if it outlasts the Xbox360 too after already leaving the original Xbox in the dust.

426.10.2007 18:48

If they are continuing to develop games for the PS2 thats good news. It shows how much of a solid system it is. For once its nice to see a company actually (semi) listen to its audience and say "This thing is selling really well, even though we could drop it its selling well we should continue to make it".

Another positive thing:

If the PS2 is continuing to be made and sold 7 years after its creation that probably means the production costs etc. are way low and $ony is probably making decent money on everyone sold.

I would like to see if Nintendo's mega popular console, the Wii, manages to break the PS2's record.

At "only" just under 13.5 million sold so far I wonder how much longer its growth is going to continue.

However, if the PS2 numbers say anything, it proves that a real quality product can continue to sell long after its "generation" has past.

Peace

526.10.2007 20:17
BIGnewb
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Playstation 2 will stop selling in 2010.Because the game line=up is still strong and then will drop the price gradually by 10 dollars every once in a while.by the time they sell all the ones already produced, yes i'll agree with 2010 being the year.CONGRATS SONY ON THE BEST CONSOLE EVER RELEASED!

626.10.2007 20:28

It'll stop being bought, when second tier developers are able to produce games for the next gen, and make profits, because it costs hardly anything to make for a ps2, but loads for a 360 or wii game, and a ps3 games just costs too much they make for 360 and prot.

Thign is atleast every ps2 owner must have had to rebuy, because i mean everyone i know has got the disc read error, so its therefore like 60million actually, because sony failed to make a consol that will last long enough. Yes i no 360's die even quicker, still my mega drive works fine, so does my n64, the best game consol should hardly ever break!

726.10.2007 20:56

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Thign is atleast every ps2 owner must have had to rebuy
for what it's worth, I've had my V3 PAL unit since launch day (30th November 2000) and it's still going strong.

826.10.2007 21:12
vinny13
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Thign is atleast every ps2 owner must have had to rebuy
for what it's worth, I've had my V3 PAL unit since launch day (30th November 2000) and it's still going strong.
I had a slim PS2 for a couple years and then traded it in because I bought my friend's FAT PS2 for $1.00. Cogswap works wonders.

Still hasn't died, and it's about launch date too.

926.10.2007 22:08

I still don't own a ps2...I can't play Zelda on it that I know of. I think the best game system has to be the N64. Golden Eye or Perfect Dark anyone???

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1026.10.2007 22:51

I bet I'm going to watch my ps2 crap out in 2010 requiring that i buy a new one.

1126.10.2007 23:39

Originally posted by Riotard:
Thign is atleast every ps2 owner must have had to rebuy, because i mean everyone i know has got the disc read error, so its therefore like 60million actually, because sony failed to make a consol that will last long enough. Yes i no 360's die even quicker, still my mega drive works fine, so does my n64, the best game consol should hardly ever break!
Riotard, I'm still on my original PS2 and have never had a disc read error for the record :)

1227.10.2007 1:20

my ps2 30000 is still working fine no problems at all and after a years of gaming, not like the 360 wich is suppoused to be better and there are ppl on their fifth or sixth 360 that's why i always trust sony they rearely let u down when it comes about being strong.

1327.10.2007 1:21
rojas134
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Originally posted by jas6969:
I was just wondering, how many of these units sold are because people who bought PS2's had to buy replacements because their first one broke due to disc read errors etc . . .

All of my mates have gone through at least 1 PS2 due to this problem
Xbox360 have the same problem only 3 times plus.

1427.10.2007 2:05

Thats good to hear, but i'm a hardcore sega fan, and i think the dreamcast could of had the same success if the saturn never failed. It would be dreamcast vs psx2 still going on, thats a shame.

Much love to sony tho, i wish them the best. Playstation 2 does have some great games tho, even tho i'm not psx2 fan, i'm not going to deny it.

1527.10.2007 7:26

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I was just wondering, how many of these units sold are because people who bought PS2's had to buy replacements because their first one broke due to disc read errors etc . . .

All of my mates have gone through at least 1 PS2 due to this problem
If you think that is how the PS2 got that many consoles sold, then should we also apply that to the 360?

1627.10.2007 11:51
vinny13
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Ya I bet that the 360 count would be at like 8 million if they didn't count people who bought one more then once... I know one guy who went through 4 in 2 months! The last one is still going strong, but he says that the disc drive is messed and it doesn't stop his games from spinning when he opens the tray. His games are in pretty rough shape because of that...

1827.10.2007 13:25

Looks like the PS2 will last until the Next-Next Gen.
Shame that Sony think that PS3's Backwards compatibility isn't important anymore yet the amount of software on offer says otherwise.
My 360 doesn't eat my disks and it plays games fine so it must be knackered!

1927.10.2007 16:53
vinny13
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Sony doesn't care about BWC anymore because everyone who buys a PS3 most likely has a PS2 and maybe even a PS1.

2027.10.2007 19:51

Mad props to Sony! I know my PS2 is still my console of choice. And just to put this out there...
I bought my PS2 the day they hit the market, bit, fat, clunky thing. It's still going strong and i've never had a lick of trouble with it.

It beats the Genesis as my favorite console yet.

2127.10.2007 20:45

do they even make money off the games anymore
it seems ps2 games are the most pirated/downloaded

2227.10.2007 21:12
japhy
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Had my PS2 since 2002 sold it to a friend for some PS3 money. I can't imagine many consoles that did not have moving parts not still working. My old Genesis does and so does my Atari 2800 (although I don't have a TV that it will play on)

Moving parts and heat are the issues, and the PS ver2, PS2 and PS3 none of those have heat issues. Now the PS1 that was like the XBox 360, keep it off the rug and it should work fine.

WAY to go PS2

I still get PS2 games on the used side when they are 10 and under if they are great games, 157 video games and counting.

2327.10.2007 23:40
WierdName
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Eat that Xbox fanboys. I don't see any/much original Xboxs on display in stores anymore...

*DISCLAIMER*
I am NOT a fanboy of Sony, Playstation, or any affiliates directly or indirectly associated with Sony or the Playstation franchise. I do have a PS1, PS2, and PSP though.

2428.10.2007 2:09

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I don't see any/much original Xboxs on display in stores anymore...
that's because microsoft did the (silly/smart) thing by removing the xbox from production as soon as the 360 hit the shelves.

i think the original xbox has had one of the shortest (successful to an extent) life spans. I'm sure some SEGA products, or possible Atari products hold the record for shortest life span- however, they were
utterly crap, think 32X and Jaguar.
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2529.10.2007 16:24
BIGnewb
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actually xbox didnt have success at all.ps2 fully pwnd it.the dvd add-on was a failure and still is till this day.the game library was much bigger for ps2 than gamecube and xbox.the controllerss were horrible.the online wasnt free.yea successful doesnt fit in here anywhere.

2629.10.2007 17:11

My slim ps2 sucks. It makes a funky noise sometimes. I still use my launch ps2 as a dvd player 4-5 days a week and the kids play it 3 or 4 times a week without a problem. In the socom 1&2 days it barely got a rest.

271.11.2007 3:00

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The company also said it had no plans to stop development for the PS2 until 2010 despite claims that the console was cannibalizing PlayStation 3 sales.
I was contemplating selling my ps2 but after reading this i may keep it. Or i could sell it at a higher price than i was going to sell it for.

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