The PlayStation 2 (often and officially abbrievated as PS2) is a 128-bit video games console manufactured by Sony. It was first released on March 4, 2000 in Japan, October 26 that same year and subsequently other regions. Its main competitors were the Sega Dreamcast, Nintendo GameCube and Microsoft Xbox.
Despite its launch titles generally receiving a lukewarm reception, the PS2 then gained better software within the holiday season of 2001 and sales improved as only a few million consumers had purchased consoles by the end of 2000 due to manufacturing delays. Within 5 years and 9 months, it had reached 100 million units (compared to its predecessor, the PlayStation, which achieved it in 9 years and 6 months) and had become a major success worldwide. The PS2 is the best selling games console in the sixth generation and of all time with an unprecedented 150 million units sold and counting.
Support for the PS2 is still going strong due to its steady sales and it going onto the seventh generation with ports and exclusives being produced. Sony states that support will continue for the system until demand ceases.
It is capable of playing DVDs, and uses a similar format as a medium for its games. It has 2 controller ports, along with 2 memory card slots, though the number of controllers can be expanded by means of a multi-tap. It is generally considered to be the least powerful of its generation of consoles, unless the commercially unsuccessful Sega Dreamcast is included. Despite this technical handicap (and reported early difficulties with programming for it), it was commercially the most successful of the sixth generation of consoles. (the others being the Nintendo GameCube and the Microsoft Xbox).
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