A little over two years after the launch of the PlayStation 3, Sony announced Tuesday that the PS2 has sold 50 million units in North America alone.
The console, launched October 2000 in North America, has played host to some of the most memorable game franchises that continue on today, and has easily outlasted its contemporaries: 2001’s Xbox and GameCube, and 1999’s Dreamcast.
For November 2008, NPD Group, which tracks U.S. figures, said PS2 sold 206K, less than half of what it sold that month a year prior. As new consoles come down in price and increase in popularity, PS2 sales are expected to continue to fade.
Still at $130, Sony considers the console a perfect way for entry-level consumers to gain access to an enormous library of games, most of which are sold for budget prices.
Even after this many years, Sony plans on continuing PS2 support to some degree. Speaking to the Associated Press, Sony Computer Entertainment America hardware marketing director John Koller said, "We don’t intend on discarding the system any time soon."