PlayStation 2 Facts

PlayStation 2 Facts
Sony's PlayStation 2 is a video game console that was released on March 4th, 2000 and discontinued in 2012. The PlayStation 2 was the successor to the PlayStation and was Sony's second console in the line. The Sony PlayStation 2 competed with Microsoft's Xbox, Nintendo's GameCube, and Sega's Dreamcast. The PlayStation 2 is considered to be a sixth generation video game console. The PlayStation 2 provided backward capability for games and the DualShock controller. By the time Sony discontinued the PlayStation 2 and replaced it with the PlayStation 3, it had sold 155 million units. There have been more than 1.5 billion games sold for the PlayStation 2.
Interesting PlayStation 2 Facts:
Sony's PlayStation 2 is considered to be one of the most successful video game consoles of all time.
The PlayStation 2 offered better graphics than the PlayStation, and the console is still being played today by many gamers.
One of the unique features of the PlayStation 2 was that users could sit it horizontally or vertically depending on their preference.
PlayStation 2 offered games the option to play online for free with gamers from around the world.
The memory card for the PlayStation 2 was only 8MB. Gamers were not happy about the shortage of memory cards as there were not enough available for the millions of users.
The PlayStation 2 was capable of high definition for some games including Valkyrie Profile 2 and Tourist Trophy.
Sony PlayStation 2 had some series issues in the beginning including the 'Disc Read Errors' which often destroyed games and player states. Sony came good and fixed the consoles, replaced the games, and even gave a rebate check/voucher.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas became such a popular game with users that it sold 17 million copies for the PlayStation 2 alone. It was also available for the Xbox 360, PC, and later versions of the PlayStation and Xbox.
Sony released a Linux disc, keyboard and mouse, Ethernet adaptor, and a VGA adaptor to allow tech savvy gamers to use open source code and create their own games.
A man named Dan Holmes was so crazy about his PlayStation 2 that he literally changed his name to Mr. PlayStation 2.
The PlayStation 2 could also play DVDs which was a bonus for owners of the console as they could watch movies without having to buy and store a DVD player. The PlayStation 2 was the first gaming console to offer this function.
At one point there was a belief that Saddam Hussein was collecting thousands of PlayStation 2 consoles to use as military weapons. An export embargo from Japan tracking shipments and it was reported on CNN, NBC, and the BBC. It was later determined to be false.
The PlayStation 2 has shipped more than 157 million units. This is more than the Nintendo Wii which has only shipped over 100 million units, which is still a significant number of gaming consoles to be sold.
Sony continued to support the PlayStation 2 until 2013, even though the PlayStation 3 came out in 2006.

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