PlayStation 2 Turns Nine

October 27, 2009

PlayStation 2 Turns Nine

Sony Computer Entertainment America
Inc. (SCEA) pops the cork on its ninth anniversary of the PlayStation 2 (PS2),
which has been the benchmark for innovation in home entertainment systems since
its debut on October 26, 2000. At the time of its inception the PlayStation 2
system broke all preconceived notions of what a video game experience could
offer, serving as an entertainment hub for the whole family with its integrated
DVD/CD technology and online connectivity. Nine years later the PlayStation 2
system is still making its way into living rooms around the world and welcoming
a new generation of gamers, some of whom were not even born when the system
launched.

In fact, one in every three U.S.
households own a PlayStation 2 system and nearly 140 million people around the
world can attest to its great entertainment value, making it one of the world’s
most popular video game systems. The PlayStation 2 system is responsible for
pushing the envelope by introducing popular franchises like God of War, Gran
Turismo, Ratchet & Clank and METAL GEAR SOLID, which are continuing to make
their way into the hands of new gamers – young and old. One such franchise,
SOCOM, took clear advantage of online game play and connectivity via the
PlayStation 2 system. As a result, the SOCOM franchise has become one of the
most played of all time, with over 530 million online hours logged since the
debut of SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs in 2002. This equates to an incredible 60,000
years of online play.

The PlayStation 2 system’s library
and fan base continues to grow every day. In the U.S, more than 500 million
software units have been sold for the PlayStation 2 system and more than 485
developers have helped to develop for the platform since its launch.. This
number will undoubtedly continue to grow. By the end of this fiscal year, nearly
10,000 titles in total will be available to PlayStation 2 system owners around
the world, including new family-friendly and social games from our first party
studios such as Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier, Motorstorm: Arctic Edge and
Secret Agent Clank, as well as third party titles like Bakugan Battle Brawlers,
EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer and WWE.

With nine years under its belt, the
PlayStation 2 system shows no signs of slowing down and at $99 (MSRP), it still
offers hours of fun for the whole family. The PlayStation 2 system is well on
its way to delivering ten years of value to consumers and will continue to serve
as a testament to the leading innovation and unbeatable entertainment the
PlayStation brand provides its consumers.