Sony ceases Japanese production of PS2



Sony has called time on Japanese production of the PlayStation 2, it has been revealed.

Sony has called time on Japanese production of the PlayStation 2, it has been revealed. The console defined a generation of gamers, selling more than 150 million since its Japanese launch in March 2000, but now it has been announced it will no longer be shipped to retailers in Japan.

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The news was reported by Japanese gaming and entertainment site Famitsu.

Sony has yet to reveal whether it has plans to stop production in other countries. But the news Japanese production has ended has led to speculation over the so-called PlayStation 4.

The firm has yet to make an official announcement about the PS4's spec or release date, but media reports have speculated details could arrive by the middle of 2013.

The PS2's popularity saw it outsell its successor, the PlayStation 3, for the first three years the PS3 was available.
In the years since the PS2 was launched around 11,000 games have been released for the console, but despite the end of production it is thought more games will still be released for the machine.

To this end, gamers can look forward to Seekers of Adoulin this spring, with the latest Final Fantasy instalment pencilled in for March.

The PlayStation 2's early games included Ridge Racer V and snowboarding game SSX. Sales of more than 150 million saw the PS2 earn the title of most popular videogames console of all time.