PlayStation 2 owners in Japan have had a pretty good run, but it looks like their time is finally up. As Kotaku report, Sony is now ending repair support for the console 18 years after it was first released.
The company stopped making the console all the way back in 2012 but continued to offer servicing for existing units, which kept it alive far longer than it probably needed to be. Earlier in the year, a notice was sent out to local PS2 owners offering them one final repair, requiring those interested to return an application before the 31st of August. After that, those keen on keeping their old consoles going have until September 7 to take the hardware to a repair depot.
After that cutoff date, anyone looking to have their PS2 repaired will need to look to a third-party supplier, but even then, Sony’s supply of spare parts is getting pretty low and they won’t be making any more. Why keep manufacturing old technology, you know? The company itself has even made it clear that some of the last repairs might not be possible due to inventory shortage.
Released in March of 2000 in Japan and later in October in the US, the PS2 is still the best-selling console in history. For anyone wanting to relive the classic games of the time, a number of them are available as backwards compatible on the PS4 via the PlayStation Store.
You had a damn fine run, PS2. Kudos to you.
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