January 7, 2013
Perhaps the greatest console goes out to pasture.
This year we could see new hardware from Sony and Microsoft; but we also finally say good bye to one of the all time greats if not the greatest console, the PlayStation 2. Sony has halted all production and Japan has seen it’s last shipment of PS2 according to The Guardian. The PS2 was launched back in March of 2000, making the console almost 13 years old. The broad appeal of the console came with it’s huge library and push of the DVD format, which has been the standard for games and movies for the past decade. Selling over 150 million units in it’s life time and hit 100 million units faster than any other console.
I sadly don’t have a PS2 anymore and really wan’t into it during the last generation. I purchased a GameCube first, then and Xbox, it wasn’t until later that a PS2 came along. I have been hunting down all the HD collections I can find of PS2 games I have played and would like to play again or games I never played but I always wanted to such as the Zone of the Enders collection I received for Christmas. Amazon still has some of the consoles in stock but the price seems to be inching higher at $143.65 for the slim model. Used models, fat and slim, are hitting around the $50 mark on Ebay. Gamestop is selling “refurbished” consoles at $49.99 for the fat model and $59.99 for the slim.
It’s sad to see the greatest console of the sixth generation take it’s final bow, but it has lasted longer than it’s competition and outlasted a seventh gen console the Nintendo Wii. If you don’t have access to a PS2 or don’t want to pick one up on the cheap, the HD collections are perfect reminders why the last generation, particularly the PS2, are sorely missed today. In an industry where brown, modern day FPS are produced and sell a dime a dozen; it’s nice to see Jak and Daxter, Ratchet and Clank, Gran Turismo 3, Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, Okami, DMC, and classic GTA’s once in a while. Farewell sweet prince(ss), here is to your greatness.