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PlayStation 2 Reaches 9 Years, 140 Million Units
PlayStation 2 Reaches 9 Years, 140 Million Units
October 28, 2009 | By Chris Remo

October 28, 2009 | By Chris Remo
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Sony's PlayStation 2 system reached the ninth anniversary of its launch this week, and the manufacturer released updated statistics demonstrating the machine's unprecedented sales success, including a total unit sales figure of 140 million.

That sum represents the highest install base for any single game console in history, beating out the Game Boy and Nintendo DS at about 119 million and 108 million units respectively. The closest home console is Sony's own PlayStation, which sold 102 million units.

In the United States, the PS2 has sold roughly 44 million units, and Sony claims the system is owned by "one in every three U.S. households."

More than 485 developers have released almost 10,000 PlayStation 2 games, which have sold some 500 million copies in the United States.

The $99 system still sees the release of newly-developed games, lending credence to Sony's frequent claims that its PlayStation-family consoles are planned with ten-year life cycles in mind.


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Maurício Gomes
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GO PS2!!!



I still want one :) The price lowered to 99 made me so happy... I only don't bought one yet because in the house where I am living now we have 3 PS2...



I am a PC gamer... but onimisha 4, GTA and Final Fantasy is so cool... Too bad that my roomate destroyed the memory card that I was exactly on the half of Final Fantasy XII and near the half of Dragon Quest VIII

Ben Garcia
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Minor correction, it's the 9th anniversary of it's *US* launch. If you consider the Japanese launch, the PS2 will hit it's 10th anniversary in March.

Roberto Dillon
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if only they re-added backward compatibility in the PS3 Slim....

ray G
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As much as i hate to admit it, it has the strongest library to date. I still have not been sold on getting a current gen system. I still import AAA titles for this bad boy.

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Maurício Gomes
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PS3 was released 6 years after PS2.



This in moore law means 8 times transistors...



But anyway, the PS2 Emotion Engine has 10.5 million transistors.

The PS3 Cell has 234 million transistors.



That is 22 times.

WAAAAAY above moore law.

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Maurício Gomes
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@John Smith.



Moore law is transistors on a same chip, the cell processor having 9 divisions is just a architecture decision, it is still a 234 million transistors chip on roughly the same area.



That is a common misconception of moore law, people count everything, BUT transistors, only to say that he was wrong...



One example was Pentium 4 that had models that reached 4Ghz, while Core 2 Duo reach 3Ghz the most expensive ones... Altough the speed is "less" and even if you summed the two processors (giving 6Ghz) the speed is still not the actual double, the transistor count do followed the moore law.





Btw: The PS3 itself followed the moore law with the "Slim" invention, that has the same number of transistors, but use a much smaller area (thus if you made a processor with the same size as the old one, you would have a extra number of transistors according to moore law).



I only wonder how moore found out that law Oo This was so much time ago O.O And AFTER he found it people noticed that you can apply it backwards even to IBM mechanical computers (of course not with transistors, but with computing elements with similar role). Btw: IBM is a more than 100 year old company Oo And they always made computers... scary


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