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Sony axes Playstation 2 production

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Wed Jan 02 2013, 09:45
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JAPANESE ELECTRONICS MAKER Sony will cease production of the Playstation 2 games console.

This Spring the console turns 13 years old but will no longer be made in its home country, according to a report on Japanese website Famitsu.

The report is short, only really presenting the news that PS2 production will stop. We have asked Sony for more information. For now, we read this that production has already halted, meaning that once stock is gone, so is the PS2.

The Playstation 2 would have become a teenager this year, and should be showing its age. At 13 years old it could look awkward next to its younger brother the Playstation 3, and out of place near the Nintendo Wii U and upcoming Xbox 720.

Its end of production was expected, but is still sad news for those who grew up with the games console and its earlier version, the Playstation 1.

The Playstation 3 launched six years ago and sold about 70 million units by the end of last year. The Playstation 2 sold twice as many, and if you have one you had better start looking after it. It is now heading on its way to the museum.

It is rumoured that Sony will announce the Playstation 4 in the US in late February. An invitation posted to Slashgear requests the presence of journalists at an event called Destination Playstation, and while this could be about anything PS related, the smart talk is that Sony will announce its next generation games console.

Sony has confirmed the news in an emailed statement.

"Due to Playstation 2 now being over 12 years old, we have decided to stop future production of the console and focus on our newer and more popular platforms, PS3, PS Move and PS Vita. We are very proud of what we have achieved with PS2," said a spokesperson.

"Having sold over 150m units worldwide, Playstation 2 remains the world's best selling console, but with sales understandably declining, we are shifting our priorities to reflect this." µ



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