You can argue about the best videogame system of all time. While the Dreamcast, the Super Nintendo and even newer systems like the Xbox 360 are all in the running, there’s one system that reigns supreme – at least when it comes to sales.
Fresh off of the announcement of the NGP and PlayStation Suite, Sony hads one more big announcement. The PS2, which was released way back in 2000, just hit the 150 million system sales mark.
It was a great selling system when it launched, and kept selling well long into its life. Now 11 years after launch, the PlayStation 2 is still the most successful videogame system of all time. The Nintendo DS is close, but is still six million units short of the PS2’s record.
Part of what got the PlayStation 2 into homes around the world is the same thing that’s been working for the PlayStation 3. The Nintendo GameCube didn’t play DVDs, and the Microsoft Xbox needed a special adapter, but the PS2 could play DVD right out of the box.
The other big selling point was the game selection. To date, Sony says that there are 10,828 PlayStation 2 titles available. The number seems a little high, but it’s damn impressive.
With the PS2 still selling, there’s no telling when Sony will finally discontinue the system. At $99 and with an enormous library of games, it’s still a great deal for someone getting a first console, or anyone who wants to go back and play some of the best games ever made.