China's game console ban might finally be lifted, so it's a good time to look back at the case study that was the PlayStation 2. During the course of the 13 year-old console ban, the one home console that was allowed to be sold, albeit for just a short time, was the PlayStation 2.
The fine folks over at NetEase Game's Witness section produced a great article about the release of the PS2 during the game console ban as well as the demise of the console in the Middle Kingdom. While the PS2 had over a decade's worth of gaming dominance in the West and Japan, it had a short life in China. The following is a summarised translation of the article. I also took the liberty of reorganising the article into something that makes more chronological sense.