It seems that the time has finally come for us to say goodbye to the Sony PlayStation 2, one of the most popular gaming consoles of all time. At the time of its discontinuation from active sale in early 2013, the console had sold over 150 million units globally, and Sony has continued to offer repair services for its second major gaming console till now. Sony Japan has now announced that it is discontinuing repair services for the Sony PlayStation 2, effectively putting a stop to the possibility of service for the console.
The Sony PlayStation 2 was launched worldwide in 2000, and remained on sale till January 4, 2013. Even after that, Sony has continued to offer after-sales support for the console in the form of repairs and spare parts. Now, 18 years after the launch of the console, Sony will finally cease support for it. That isn’t to say that the Sony PlayStation 2 will stop working; users simply won’t be able to get the PlayStation 2 serviced officially anymore.
Sony has since launched the PS3 and PS4, the former of which was discontinued in 2017 but continues to receive after-sales service from Sony. Similarly, the PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro also continue to receive support, apart from still being on sale as current-generation consoles.
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The PlayStation 2 was itself the successor of the Sony PlayStation, which was the company’s first major gaming console. The console had a huge list of games released for it, the most successful of which was Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Game developers have long since stopped making games for the console, but users who still have their old collection of games are still able to use the console.