Sony's PlayStation 2--yes, 2--has reached a milestone.
The company announced today that it had shipped 150 million units of the console as of January 31. That's since its launch in Japan in March 2000.
The PlayStation 2's longevity has been nothing short of astounding. Nearly 11 years after launch, the PlayStation 2 is still available for purchase for $99.99. The console trails far behind the Nintendo Wii, Microsoft's Xbox 360, and Sony's PlayStation 3 in total sales each month these days, but it still has a strong presence in the Middle East, South America, and other areas around the world.
Part of the success of the PlayStation 2 has been due to the immense support third-party developers brought to the console. According to Sony, there are currently more than 10,800 titles developed for the PlayStation 2. Through the end of 2010, over 1.52 billion PlayStation 2 software units had been sold.
Keeping the PlayStation 2 relevant for more than a decade has always been Sony's plan with the console.
"We at PlayStation have never subscribed to the concept that a console should last only five years," Patrick Seybold, senior director of corporate communications for Sony Computer Entertainment, said in an interview with CNET last year. "Both the original PlayStation and PlayStation 2 had life cycles of more than 10 years, and PlayStation 3 will as well.
"The 10-year life cycle is a commitment we've made with every PlayStaiton consumer to date, and it's part of our philosophy that we provide hardware that will stand the test of time providing that fun experience you get from day one for the next decade," he continued.
Whether the PlayStation 3 will be able to stand the test of time the way remains to be seen. Whereas the PlayStation 2 dominated console sales, the PlayStation 3 has not. The PS3 has consistently trailed behind the Xbox 360 and Wii in the U.S.
However, the PlayStation 3 isn't exactly running out of steam. For its fiscal year that ends March 31, Sony expects to have sold 15 million PlayStation 3 units. It sold 13 million units during its previous fiscal year.