Sony: PS2 “Forever Changed” Gaming


Celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the PS2 releasing in America, Sony president said that the console changed gaming forever.

It’s kind of hard to believe that the PS2 came out on October 26th, 2000. At the time, I knew many people who bought it just for the built-in DVD player, but the console remained a fixture of my gaming life with its many exclusive franchises like Final Fantasy and Grand Theft Auto. Predictably, Sony Computer Entertainment of America President and CEO, Jack Tretton, had some very nice words to say about his company’s ten year old console.

“When the platform launched back in October 2000, the industry was forever changed by the introduction of a device that came built in with a DVD/CD player and offered Internet connectivity and online gameplay for the very first time,” Tretton said.

“The PS2 went on to introduce brand new entertainment formats, such as motion technology with the EyeToy and has broken several industry milestones, such as being the first game console to hit 50 million units in North America,” he continued.

Perhaps the greatest testament to the console’s success is that it’s still being manufactured and sold new today, and games are still being released in its format. In fact, Sony just announced a new bundle for the decade old console. That kind of longevity is something which Nintendo or Microsoft can only dream of accomplishing with their consoles.

Source: PlayStation Blog

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