PS2 is still the king of the hill

While sales of PlayStation 3 consoles are below Sony’s expectations,the electronics company should be proud of the continued strength of the PS2. Launched in North America over seven years ago on October 26, 2000. the PlayStation 2 has accumulated over 120 million in units sold.

On its anniversary date, Jack Tretton, president and CEO for SCEA, said, “While today’s anniversary celebrates PlayStation 2’s past, we’re very excited for its future. We look forward to the platform’s continued growth and expect to sell approximately 12 million units worldwide by the end of March, leading us to anticipate that PlayStation 2’s lifecycle will exceed that  of the original PlayStation. Never before has an in-home game system experienced this type of worldwide success on such a long-lasting scale.”

Although most game developers have moved onto developing for current-generation systems, the PS2’s library of 1,500 games provides more variety and selection than any other console on the market -– making it a good choice for the gamer who doesn’t have to live on the cutting edge.

Publishers with multi-platform titles continue to target thePS2. Activision released Guitar Hero III for the PS2 on Sunday, giving fans of the previous entries of the franchise away to play the game without investing in the newer hardware. The competing music rhythm game Rock Band will also see a PS2 release. The highly controversial Manhunt 2 could make many gamers return to their PS2 consoles, as that title will not be appearing on the high-definition PS3 and Xbox 360.

Sony also intends to sell new versions of its PlayStation 2 hardware this holiday season. Starting in early November, consumers will be able to find a ceramic white PS2 Slim console bundled with SingStarPop and two USB microphones. The bundle will be available in the U.S.for a suggested retail price of $149.99 and in Canada for $159.99.

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