PS2 sells 50 million in North America

Sony's stalwart gaming console secures milestone during its ninth year on the market.

Sony wasn't keen on divulging much gaming news at its annual press conference during the Consumer Electronics Show last week. However, one update the Japanese electronics company did share concerned sales statistics for its flagship console and portable, saying the combined user base for the PlayStation 3 and PSP had reached 61 million worldwide. Had Sony added in the PlayStation 2's worldwide sales figures, that number would have made a substantive leap.

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The Associated Press reports this week that Sony's PS2 has broached the 50-million-unit mark in North America alone. The workhorse console celebrated its eighth anniversary in North America last October. A year before, Sony had honored the PS2's seventh birthday by announcing that lifetime sales for the console had reached 120 million. By Sony's E3 Media & Business Summit presence in July, that figure had ballooned to 140 million units worldwide.

PS2 sales continue to grow at a steady clip. In November alone, the console sold 206,000 units in the US, up from 136,000 units the month before, according to the NPD Group. John Koller, Sony America's director of hardware marketing, told the AP that the console remains an attractive buy for those looking to get into gaming as well as lower-income households.

Currently, the PS2 retails for $130, down from its debut sticker price of $299.

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RaNaBiR
RaNaBiR

I can't believed I missed on so many great games during the PS2-era!

theKSMM
theKSMM

This is very impressive. There has never been a console that compares to the PlayStation 2. I still think that Sony is cannibalizing their PS3 sales by continuing to offer the PS2 at retail however. Microsoft's decision to stop selling the XBOX (along with Nintendo's decision to stop selling the GameCube) helped get developers and retailers behind one horse. People looking to replace their XBOX/GameCube are forced to upgrade rather than delaying a move to the current cycle. Of course, now that current PS3s have no backward compatibility to speak of, they probably need to keep the PS2 out there to support their legacy software.

assassinX01
assassinX01

Someone should tell Sony that the PS3 won't reach 50 million worldwide if they don't lower the price. The quality tech, games, and online is all there (definitely the best hardware, and arguably the best gaming lineup, as well), but no one's dropping 400 dollars for a console when you can pick up a Wii for 250 or an (uttterly watered down) 360 for 200 bucks.

24k_Solid_Gold
24k_Solid_Gold

I'm a Microsoft fan, but I also love Sony, it's great that their doing so well. They're both amazing companies, who know what works, and what doesn't. Can't say the same for Nintendo though. Piece of casual party-exclusive Wii crap. I mean, they have like 10 good quality games, and the rest are party, and cheerleader games. WTF! And don't get me started on the DS...

slipknot61174
slipknot61174

Congrats, Sony! I must admit, though, once the original Xbox showed up, it was pretty much a two console house for me, but PS2 was still the system I came back to. Hell, I still bust out PS2 titles from time to time on my PS3 (I just picked up Bloodrayne 2 again last week... mmmm.... Bloodrayne...), the system had some really good games.

klub77
klub77

I guess the PS2 wasn't the best in everything at the time, but the reason I believe it excelled was it had something for everybody, casual and hardcore combined and that makes it better than any console in a sense. Everybody loved it, so it's not suprising that sales continue, especially with that price tag.

derabrex
derabrex

no surprise to me. the PS2 is one of the best consoles of all time, and these uber sales numbers prove it

gobbo00
gobbo00

Now can somone else by a PS3 instead PSN is full of mute's at the minute, and killzone 2 round the corner and I want to play that online.

prdroog
prdroog

Yup....the PS2 a good machine. When I first saw the size of the PS3 I was like, "WTF!?". How they gonna go from the PS2 slim, and not incorporate any of that with the design of the PS3?! I know that has nothing to do with it, but, come on!

xElite_GameRx
xElite_GameRx

Don't badmouth the 360, its also keeping the hardcore gaming industry alive along with the PS2. I'm not a fan of 90% casual, I like a small mix of casual gaming with a lot of hardcore gaming.

tekken220
tekken220

Playstation forever! Boo to casual Wii's and RROD Xbox!

ForsakenWicked
ForsakenWicked

I remember buying the PS2 on day one. Unfortunately I was too young to work back then so I had no money for games so I had to sell it. Fortunately, I'll ,ater on, get a PS3 and a PS2 so they can be together with my 360 and Wii.

shakensparco
shakensparco

The Xbox was a lot better than the PS2, graphics were better, and Xbox Live was unmatched, not to mention the built in Hard Drive, and all for the same price as the PS2. Those are raw facts so don't give me a thumbs down for facing the truth.... The only problem was that Microsoft had a hard time getting good games on it for a couple years, and nobody had ever played an Xbox before, unlike the PS which most people were very familiar with. So the PS2 did significantly better. And Microsoft made a huge mistake by killing the Xbox wayyyy too early.

SPYDER0416
SPYDER0416

Its funny isn't it, the PS2 got over 140 million while the GC and Xbox only got around 20 mil (with Xbox losing M$ 4 billion). Now, its pretty even with a bit of lagging from the costly PS3, rrod 360, and super casual Wii systems of today not getting any real strongholds on the industry.

1425678786655
1425678786655

only reason i got a ps2 was to play FF and rpg's on it since it had all of them at the time and it wasnt too expensive of a system either like 5 years ago. it was a good buy for the library

asian_pride69
asian_pride69

It's really surprisingly awesome to know that the PS2 is still selling. I mean it's been 9 years already. I think this is still, by far, the best console ever created. Not even the PS3 or the 360 or Wii can ever top what the PS2 has done all these years.

FrankTheFrank
FrankTheFrank

Awesome, too bad they break all the time. That probably accounts for more than half the sales.

noctis_caelum
noctis_caelum

I still enjoy PS2 alot. PS3 is in need of alot of sequels of succesful series that the PS2 and PS1 started or gave a big boost to. Theres tons and most look to come within the next year. Resi 5, FF, GT5, Tekken 6, MGS4 (I know it's out), Killzone 2, God of War 3, KH3, hopefully another Dark Cloud and more. The PS2 will always be a great console. I hope developers stick with it. Better graphics then the "wee wee", huge library, a cheap DVD player when it was released, and some of the most memorable games ever. The PS2 reigns over all.

chupamelpo
chupamelpo

WOW, What a downfall for sony, from one condole to the next

covenan
covenan

crazy game library,.and global loyal userbase,.and it still kicking after 8 years, simply best console ever...

Phantom_2
Phantom_2

@axe_336 actually the ps2 had some of the same issues the ps3 had started from the beginning. back then when the ps2 first came out, DVD's cost around 1000 dollars and the ps2 with its dvd player was sold at 300. they had larger losses on the ps2 then the ps3. what sony thought when they made the ps3 is since it has the brand name, we can minimize losses by selling it at a higher price point. btw i miss my ps1. rest in peace and fond memories

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

An amazing system. It's not hard to see why it's still selling.

AntoniustheGrey
AntoniustheGrey

PS2 is just a strong system all around. There's really not anything bad to say about it. I bet it will keep going strong too, especially when there's a price cut, whenever that is supposed to be.... If people see PS2's going cheap enough, they will buy.

necronaux
necronaux

And they're still making games for it. Doubt there will be a price cut anytime soon.

magusat999
magusat999

Too bad the didn't continue in the same business model for the PS3 - backwards compatibility; price control (no $80.00 games, reasonable accessory prices); ONE model marketing; rock solid performance (eventually); focus on games (and a lot of them). Why they went the "luxury boat" route with the PS3 is beyond me... but I know one thing, it isn't working.

Axe_336
Axe_336

I guess this is what Sony is talking about when they mean they're looking at PS3 on a 10 year scale from the start..... But didn't the PS2 perform much better early on?

firehawk998
firehawk998

PS2 will always have a the best third party support to date. I still remember playing the old GTA series, MGS Series and whatnot.

rockutd
rockutd

Wow its like 10 yrs now n the PS2 is going strong.PS2 FTW!!!

jim4604
jim4604

9 years....doesn't seem that long but thats awesome. Still play my PS2 a lot. bunch of great games I missed I can buy now cheap and play!

Gamerzone23
Gamerzone23

I love God of War, Gran Turismo, metal Gear Sold (all of them), Jak 1-3. Omg, so many memories.

AbrahamPenaloza
AbrahamPenaloza

i wanna buy another ps2 cause mines is worn out! haha and i still like playing old games like RE4 KH2 Guitar hero 1-3 heck even sing star at parties.. ratchet, jak, sly serious all my favorites!

lew_0911
lew_0911

This is Persona 4's fault. And by fault, I mean "thanks a lot!".

TWiSTEDmerc
TWiSTEDmerc

Seems like the PS2 is really going to make that 10 year lifespan. It's like developers want to ride the PS2 train as long as possible, last year we still had a special game for holiday sales, Persona 4 and this year still has about 50 titles yet to be released for the PS2. Sony should finally drop the price to $99, that $199 XBOX 360 is diving fast.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

you mean 140 million world wide not 240 million , your ahead of your self, dont be surprised , wii will catch that,

Shadowflame291
Shadowflame291

@cooldude03 Actually, Sony still makes PS2s, just not as much as they did say 5 or 6 years ago. And even after they stop making them, people will still play it for nostalgia for years to come, just like they do today with the NES, SNES, Genesis, PS1, N64, etc.

dark_gender
dark_gender

Great job PS2. There are so much better consoles among you, but you still keep up.

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

Damn...eight years later and it's still $130? I remember when the PS2 came out the PS1 dropped immediately to $99 because I bought one at a Kay Bee toy store at the time.

Cabal23
Cabal23

Not going to matter unless they get the rest of their departments firing on all cylinders. They are way to diversified with their products right now for this era of global recession. I think they need to find a few things and work on making them the best they can.

buzzguy
buzzguy

Impressive numbers. Personally, I enjoyed my GCN alot more than my PS2 a few years ago, but I was really never a playstation guy. Had a Saturn and N64, but skipped the PSX. In fact, the PSP is probably my favorite sony machine. Just personal taste.

usmanthegreat
usmanthegreat

THE BEST console of my life. With the biggest and best library of softwares available. Still my top 5 favs are ps2 games. Will keep it until i m a gamer (means until my death)

KhanhAgE
KhanhAgE

Wow! 50 million and in North America alone.

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

yep ps2 is an awsome console. world wide has sold 250 million units in the past 9 years. man thats a staggering number. thats like every person in the north america owning a ps2. just simply awsome.

Unassigned
Unassigned

Solid console. Back when Sony realized that a console was "all about the games".