After nearly thirteen years of being stocked on the shelves of stores across the globe, Sony’s venerable PlayStation 2 is being discontinued. Japanese vendors will no longer receive new shipments of the console, and will have to make do with the current stock. After that, the basic principles of capitalism will kick in: supply is reduced, prices will go up (assuming that demand stays the same). If you’re in the market for a PlayStation 2 to play that old copy of Metal Gear Solid 3, or maybe Star Wars: Battlefront, it seems like now might be a good time to throw down the cash.
Thirteen years. The PlayStation 2 has been available for nearly thirteen years. Originally available on March 4, 2000, the PlayStation 2 has sold incredibly well. So well, in fact, that it is the best-selling game console of all time. The PlayStation 2, which at the time of its release included such futuristic features as a DVD player, helped shaped the gaming world with its wide availability, and the effects of the various franchises exclusive to Sony’s system are still felt today.
While both Microsoft and Nintendo have successfully taken on the PlayStation 3 with their own boxes in the latest generation of consoles, Sony’s titles still have a special place in the hearts of gamers.
Now, please excuse me as I go play some Metal Gear Solid 3 on my original PlayStation 2, for old times’ sake.