Sony: "The PS2 Is Not Going Away Anytime Soon"
You know, everyone laughed when Sony initially said the PlayStation 3 would have a 10-year lifespan. They continue to say it to this day, and most people still don't believe it...and yet, it seems even its predecessor will have a 10-year life cycle!
The PS2, which has sold over 120 million units worldwide and over 50 million in the U.S., continues to survive in a new generation that is already several years old. And now, according to Spong, SCEA director of hardware marketing John Koller has said the system will continue forward into 2010. He said that "with the lineup for 2009 and 2010, the PS2 is not going away anytime soon," and reminds us all of Jack Tretton's earlier words, which state- "the only way to kill the PS2 business is to stop supporting it." On a related note, Koller mentioned that we shouldn't expect a price cut for the PS2 - some believed it would fall to $99 for the 2008 holiday season - as the $129 price point seems to be working out just fine. Koller said Sony is "comfortable with the current price," and that's probably because the consumers also appear to be comfortable with it. So if you keep thinking that every time you turn around you'll see a "PS2 Discontinued" article, we suggest you don't hold your breath.
Now, if we remember correctly, the PS2 launched at the end of October in 2000 in North America. It launched earlier that year in Japan, so - provided we can add and subtract - the PS2 will end up with a 10-year lifespan. So why shouldn't the PS3 receive the same treatment? Of course, this doesn't mean we won't see a new console for 10 years (the PS3 launched 6 years after the PS2), but you get the point. The most popular console in history will keep rolling along!
1/14/2009 Ben Dutka