The PS2 launched in 2000 across the world and was met with immediate fanfare and was sold out very quickly in all markets to such a point that supply was outstripped by demand. There are reports of PS2s selling on eBay when it first launched for thousands of dollars. Though it was a hugely successful console, early units were plagued by a mechanical issue in that the laser would break after use. Sony was taken to court in a Class Action Lawsuit and replaced each and every faulty unit well into 2005.
Though technologically the weakest of it's generation, the fact that it already had an established fan base, plus the backwards compatibility and built in DVD meant the PS2 maintained market dominance over it's competitors of the era, the Dreamcast, the X-Box and the Gamecube, though the Dreamcast was discontinued in 2001, only 18 months after it's initial release. Plus with the PS2 having big games of that year in Metal Gear Solid 2 and Grand Theft Auto III helped keep the PS2 at the top of the food chain that little bit longer.
In 2002, the PS2 received it's first price cut to keep it cheaper than the X-Box and keep it in line with the Gamecube.
Now, the PS2 didn't have online play for the first few years, but with the X-Box being used for online play, Sony hit back with an online adapter, which is now hard to find.The adapter also came with a copy of SOCOM: US Navy Seals.
This wasn't the only hardware released with the PS2, There were G-Con 2s for the system, released with Time Crisis II and also with Vampire Night. There was also an expansion bay on the back of the system, which was required to play Final Fantasy XI. Note, this only works with the original brick model of the PS2, as the slim model released in 2004, lacks the expansion bay for the hard drive. There was also a camera for the EyeToy, as well as development kits for home brews and when the online functions came out, there was also a keyboard and mouse released, as you could also use the PS2 as a primitive home PC. As for the DVD functions, sony also released a DVD remote for the console.
The PS2 had some very popular games released for the console. So here's the 10 biggest selling games for the console.
- GTA: San Andreas (17,3 million units sold)
- Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (14.89 million)
- Gran Turismo 4 (11.73 million)
- GTA: Vice City (9.61 million)
- GTA III (7.9 million)
- Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (7 million)
- Final Fantasy X (6.6 million)
- Tekken 5 (6 million)
- Final Fantasy XII (5.2 million)
- Kingdom Hearts (4.78 million)
The PS2 ceased production in Japan and world wide in January 2013. The console remained hugely popular in Japan, that it continued to outsell the PS3 during the first few years of the PS3's launch. Between Launch in 2000 and December 2012, the PS2 had sold over 153 MILLION units, outselling the likes of the Wii, Gamecube, NES and PS3.
The final games released for the PS2 were FIFA 14 and Pro Evo 14 in US and Europe. Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Andouin in Japan.
You can get both fat and slim PS2s for cheap on the secondary market like Amazon and eBay, as well as games can go for pretty cheap as well. So I'd highly recommend getting one of these awesome consoles if you don't already.