Sony Computer Entertainment announced on its official website in Japan that it interrupted selling PlayStation 2 units. The only units still available in Japan are the ones that are left over in stores. Sony decided to make no new shipments for Japanese retailers and it is likely the European and American markets will follow too, according to the international press.
The company released the PlayStation 2 on the Japanese market in 2000 and competed against Microsoft’s Xbox system, Sega’s Dreamcast console and Nintendo’s GameCube. Since 2000, it released slimmer and more energy-efficient models and it managed to sell over 153.6 million units in the last 12 years.
Sony’s decision to stop selling the PlayStation 2 units might be motivated by PlayStation 3’s development in full swing and by several new games Sony is preparing to release in 2013, such as “Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time” and “The Last of Us”, the international press comments.
PlayStation 3 was released in 2006, with the company focusing the majority of its gaming resources on the new product. However, Sony kept the PlayStation 2 on the market, but lowered its price to $100. The product continued to be sold, while some developers, such as EA Sports, continued to make games for PlayStation 2. In 2012, however, no new games were made for the video game console.