PlayStation 2 Sells 50 Million Units in North America

By Chris Faylor, Jan 13, 2009 2:27pm PST Eight years, three months and thirteen days after the system debuted in North America, Sony today revealed that the PlayStation 2 has sold over 50 million units in the territory, surpassing the "mid-30 million" sales of the original PlayStation.

Despite a lagging software lineup compared to more recent systems, Sony is still confident in the console, with hardware marketing director John Koller telling Gamasutra that "the PS2 is not going away anytime soon" due to its 2009-10 lineup.

The system now has over 1800 games in North America, with at least 130 of them arriving across the past year. Koller did not specify any upcoming key games, though the system will see a variety of sports games, movie tie-ins, and more Guitar Hero.

As for the system's price, Sony seems to be rather content with the existing $129.99 price point, with Koller claiming that the company is "comfortable with the current price."

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  • This story is more about the state of modern gaming than it is about a great machine! Is it only me that sees the success of the Wii and DS, the continuing success of the PS2 and the amazing 5 million downloads of DOSBox, along with growing interest in 360 Arcade and Sony Live, as an indictment on modern gaming and a hankering for the REAL games of past years?

    What we get today from gaming is generally vapid, shallow stories with clich├ęd characters and repetitive gameplay. We certainly don't see much in the way of originality! Games of the last 10 years or so (longer for PC) have garnered more and more respect from even younger gamers, and once tried are usually hooked. Once thy find out how good the original Halo was, or System Shock 2 versus Bioshock, etc, there is no looking back! The amount of interest in machines with lower level graphics but higher amounts of gameplay, like the DS and PS2 show that all the glitz of modern gaming is just not cutting it, and gamers are crying out for more and better content! A revolution is taking place, and hardly anyone notices. Hence this report on PS2 continuing sales yet with a media that tells us we want graphics above all else!