This Is Why the PlayStation 2 Console Is the Best Selling Console of All Time
PlayStation 2 console beat its competitors by a landslide. The main competitor in sixth generation such as Xbox, GameCube, and Dreamcast, falling off one by one, while the PlayStation 2 console still survive until today. The Xbox was discontinued in Japan in 2005 and worldwide in 2006. GameCube was officially discontinued in 2007, while the Dreamcast was stopped from circulation in North America in 2001 and in Europe in late 2002. So, the winner is PlayStation 2 console, which since late 2007 is the only console in sixth generation remains and still produced, and generate profitable sales (selling steadily)
Up to January 31, 2011 the sales of PlayStation 2 console have reached 150 million worldwide, while its nearest competitor, the Xbox, only reached 24 million. These fantastic sales of PlayStation 2 console spot number one in best selling video games and handheld consoles of all time.
PlayStation 2 console got this amazing sales record in almost 11 years since its first release in Japan on March 4, 2000. According to Sony, the original life span for the PlayStation 2 console was set at 10 years, but as long as developers continue to make new games for the console and as long as the PlayStation 2 console and its games continue to sell, its lifecycle will continue. Right now you can still find new games for the PlayStation 2 console.
Maybe you wonder, what has Sony done to make PlayStation 2 console the most successful console of all time? Besides the fact that the console has a built-in DVD player, here I will give you some factors that make the sales of PlayStation 2 console skyrocket even exceeded the sales of the current most advanced consoles like Nintendo Wii, PS3, or Xbox 360.
Lots of Great Games
It’s no doubt, the PlayStation 2 console has plenty of good games, mostly EXCLUSIVE for this console. This is a major factor why this console’s sales could skyrocket. These games could be an original game on PlayStation 2 console, the sequel to a previous version of the PlayStation console (PS1), or a new version from other console.
Some great games on the PlayStation 2 console include: Final Fantasy XII, God of War, Dragon Quest VIII, Resident Evil 4, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Gran Turismo 4, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
Most of PS1 games can be played well on PlayStation 2 console. So for those of you who haven’t had a chance to play a phenomenal PS1 games, like Final Fantasy VII, you can play it on the PlayStation 2 console. If you like the earlier version of Resident Evil, Gran Turismo or Tomb Raider, you can also play them in this best-selling console.
Huge Library of Games
PlayStation 2 console has so many games from various genres. You can play the game from a rating of “Everyone” to hardcore games (Mature). So far the PlayStation 2 console has almost 11,000 titles and a total of 1.50 billion games title on PlayStation 2 console have been sold since its release.
The Strength of Sony Brand
Sony is a well-known and recognized brand for its quality. Many companies would love to cooperate with it to gain lucrative profits in the gaming world. Therefore PlayStation 2 console don’t have trouble gaining support from big developers or third party developers to create some great games that also will extend the lifecycle of the PlayStation 2 console itself.
The Influence of Successful PS1 Console
The PS1 console is the second best selling console after PlayStation 2 console. By having sales of more than 102 million, PS1 has had so many loyal fans of this Sony product. And of course a lot of PS1 owners wanted to get better things on the machine or upgrade their console to get a more sophisticated game from all aspects, get more interesting features, and get new gameplay experience, offered by other Sony products, none other than PlayStation 2 console.
Free to Play Online Gaming
The PlayStation 2 console left its online gaming service up to each individual game publishers and it was FREE to use. This is different to what is offered by rivals such as Xbox which is charging $ 50 per year for playing online gaming and other online services.
Various and Interesting Accessories
There are so many interesting accessories that you can play on the PlayStation 2 console, such as EyeToy, dual microphones for SingStar games, GunCon, Onimusha 3 katana controller, Resident Evil 4 chainsaw controller, and various guitar controllers. These various accessories will definitely increase your gaming experience on the PlayStation 2 console.
Those are some factors that made the PlayStation 2 console occupies first place in the best selling console of all time. Currently the price of PlayStation 2 console has become very cheap when compared to the price at its first release. So, if you don’t already have one, it’s the perfect time to get one.