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Old 01-04-2013, 04:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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PlayStation 2 ceases production in Japan

Famitsu reports that Sony Computer Entertainment has stopped manufacture of Playstation 2 units in Japan. Once the remaining stock is gone, it will not be resupplied (in Japan).

PS2s are still produced and sold in other regions for now, but the final stoppage in worldwide production is inevitably approaching. If you've got a flaky PS2, or are worried about keeping a backup for the future, or have a PS3 without PS2 play features, NOW is the time to get a new one.

Famitsu report 12/28/2012 (JP)
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: PlayStation 2 ceases production in Japan

Kind of impressive it has gone this long. I didn't know they were still making new ones.
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Re: PlayStation 2 ceases production in Japan

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Old 01-04-2013, 01:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: PlayStation 2 ceases production in Japan

This is the biggest reason I have to give Sony credit, they don't just consider their old console obsolete right away, same thing happened with Playstation (first one) I believe. Last game for Playstation was made in 2006 if I remember hearing right. Makes for affordable gaming when you buy the second newest current Sony console, you know that production of games will go for long past the obsolete point.

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Re: PlayStation 2 ceases production in Japan

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Kind of impressive it has gone this long. I didn't know they were still making new ones.
Most retailers aren't carrying it anymore. I myself bought the last unit at a store in November 2011, they did not resupply it. However you can still order them online through Sony's store or Amazon or somewhere else.

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This is the biggest reason I have to give Sony credit, they don't just consider their old console obsolete right away, same thing happened with Playstation (first one) I believe. Last game for Playstation was made in 2006 if I remember hearing right. Makes for affordable gaming when you buy the second newest current Sony console, you know that production of games will go for long past the obsolete point.
Both PS1 and PS2 were/are mega popular. Sony had a lot of trouble early on for PS3 simply becasue PS2 stuff continued to sell well. You also have to factor in costs for developers, this generation was a huge leap in cost for all of them, and for a long time developers (particularly Japanese ones) simply avoided the cost by developing for PS2 because it was so cheap to develop for at that point that new games on it were still a profitable investment. Compare that to the N64 and Gamecube and Xbox, which were all dropped like hot potatoes by both the manufacturers and developers the moment successors were announced.
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Re: PlayStation 2 ceases production in Japan

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Both PS1 and PS2 were/are mega popular. Sony had a lot of trouble early on for PS3 simply becasue PS2 stuff continued to sell well. You also have to factor in costs for developers, this generation was a huge leap in cost for all of them, and for a long time developers (particularly Japanese ones) simply avoided the cost by developing for PS2 because it was so cheap to develop for at that point that new games on it were still a profitable investment. Compare that to the N64 and Gamecube and Xbox, which were all dropped like hot potatoes by both the manufacturers and developers the moment successors were announced.
Either way you put it, I like the fact that both were not discontinued so soon, and were around for a decade each.

Also, wikipedia now lists the Ps2 as discontinued December 28th, 2012.
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Re: PlayStation 2 ceases production in Japan

Update:

The Guardian has reported that production has now stopped worldwide. Once the supply is gone, it is gone forever. Another reminder that if you want a new one, get it now.
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Re: PlayStation 2 ceases production in Japan

Already got a Silver Special edition one for like 40 bucks 2 years ago. I'm content.
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Re: PlayStation 2 ceases production in Japan

PS1: December 3, 1994-March 23, 2006
PS2: March 4, 2000-December 28, 2012

Something is strange about this.
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Re: PlayStation 2 ceases production in Japan

Milk each console for every single penny it's worth. God knows its the only Sony division that's profitable right now.
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Re: PlayStation 2 ceases production in Japan

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PS1: December 3, 1994-March 23, 2006
PS2: March 4, 2000-December 28, 2012
There is nothing strange about that. I remember some Sony rep talking at E3 in 2008 (I think) about how they were planning on continuing support for PS2 and that planned support for PS3 was going to continue for at least ten years. The PS3 release was in Nov 2006. Their console release model is to make and new console every 6 years and support it for 12. Thus, at any given time, they have two pieces of hardware and all of the software for them to generate revenue. PS4 release is likely coming soon.
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Re: PlayStation 2 ceases production in Japan

Again, I honestly don't see how people have twisted this into a bad thing. It's awesome they keep their old consoles going. They're more affordable than the current gen and speaks well to people that can't pay for the new consoles. Also gives your old console use for a while longer rather than the company saying screw you, buy our new stuff. Although I like Nintendo and am alright with microsoft I guess, I have to say screw them in this aspect. I would have loved to have the Gamecube and Xbox to continue production a while longer, it would have been nice. I'm sure I'm not alone in this thinking.

Also, in before generic gamecube sucks comments, doesn't matter, it had a following, and could have maybe gone on a few extra years as well. Money may have been an issue however, so maybe not gamecube. Point is, it's nice that this happens, at least with Sony.
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Re: PlayStation 2 ceases production in Japan

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I honestly don't see how people have twisted this into a bad thing.
Besides Tenser being snarky I don't see anyone doing that.

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They're more affordable than the current gen
Because they're old, outdated and have no games being made for them for the most part.

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