Sony Japan ends support of PlayStation 2…Finally!!

Yeah, apparently Sony Japan has been keeping the nearly 20 year old system alive with aftercare service after ending production of its sophomore system in 2012. Now Sony has decided to pull the plug. According to a report from IT Media, PS2 owners had to fill out a form online to have their systems serviced one last time. Those who had not registered their PS2 previously had until August 31 to do so. Customer support for the system ended that same day.

The PlayStation 2 launched on March 4, 2000 in Japan and has to date released nearly 4,000 titles and sold more than 1.5 billion copies. It was the first of Sony game consoles to feature backwards compatibility, which allowed owners of the original PlayStation to continue gaming with that system’s titles. The PS2 is the best-selling video game console of all time, selling over 155 million units, with 150 million confirmed by Sony in 2011. Sony announced that production of the system would end worldwide on January 4, 2013 although new games continued to be manufactured until the end of 2013. Japan ended production in December 2012.