Sony Japan Is Finally Saying Goodbye To The PS2

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Sony Interactive Entertainment’s aftercare service for the PlayStation 2 in Japan is ending. While the console has been out of production since 2012, Sony Japan continued to service to the game machine, keeping it alive. Sony is now pulling the plug. 


As IT Media reports, Sony Japan asked PS2 owners to fill out online forms by August 31 to have their consoles fixed one last time. PS2 that arrive at the PlayStation Clinic service center in Iwate Prefecture after September 7 will not be serviced.

Those who did not register online prior had until August 31 to send their consoles in. Customer support for the PS2 also officially ended that same day.

The PlayStation 2 launched on March 4, 2000 in Japan. It went to become the best-selling game console ever.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.


PS2 was the first platform I owned where my collection entered double-digits. I don’t have every hit game on it, but it had such a broad range of quality game titles I still bought 38 games for it, from Jak to Ratchet to Burnout to Prince of Persia to SSX to Sly.