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Sony ceases PlayStation 2 production worldwide

It's official: Sony has stopped manufacturing PlayStation 2 consoles worldwide.

Late last year, production ceased in Japan after nearly 13 years. Now Sony has called the time of death on the PS2 worldwide, according to The Guardian, but its 150 million units sold makes it the most successful home console in history. Comparatively, the current-gen PlayStation 3 has only sold about 70 million units so far.

The PlayStation 2 launched in 2000 and built a library of over 10,000 games by 2011. Its inclusion of a DVD player welcomed it into many living rooms, and big-name exclusives like Final Fantasy and Metal Gear Solid kept it there.

"Sony also had a hugely successful marketing strategy, especially its association with football, which saw it gain great penetration in many territories where console gaming was underdeveloped," said Piers Harding-Rolls, a a senior analyst at IHS Screen Digest. "The PS2 went beyond the first PlayStation by expanding its audience in its later years, introducing lifestyle and social games that helped drive adoption in the mid-2000s."

The PlayStation 2 only launched in Brazil in 2009, so it hasn't had a long life cycle everywhere.

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