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The PlayStation 2 (officially abbreviated as PS2) is a home video game console developed by Sony that was announced in 1999 and released in March 2000. As part of the PlayStation brand of consoles, it is the successor to the PlayStation. It competed against other sixth-generation game consoles like the Sega Dreamcast, Microsoft Xbox, and Nintendo GameCube. The PS2 is the best-selling video game console of all time, having sold 159 million units estimated by IGN, with 150 million confirmed by Sony in 2011. Over 3,800 game titles have been released for the PS2 since launch, with over 1.5 billion copies sold. Sony later manufactured several smaller, lighter revisions of the console known as Slimline models in 2004. In 2006, Sony announced and launched its successor, the PlayStation 3.


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Even with the release of its successor, the PS2 remained popular well into the seventh generation and continued to be produced until January 2013, when Sony finally announced it had been discontinued. With twelve years in production, it has one of the longest lifespans of a video game console. Despite the announcement, new games for the console continued to be produced until the end of 2013, including Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin for Japan, FIFA 13 for North America, and Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 for Europe. Repair services for the system in Japan ended in September 2018.

PlayStation 2 software is distributed on CD-ROM and DVD-ROM. In addition the console can play audio CDs and DVD movies, and is backwards compatible with PlayStation games. The PS2 also supports PlayStation memory cards and controllers, although original PlayStation memory cards only work with original PlayStation games and the controllers may not support all functions (such as analog buttons) for PS2 games. The standard PlayStation 2 memory card has an 8 MB capacity. There are a variety of non-Sony manufactured memory cards available for the PlayStation 2, allowing for a memory capacity larger than the standard 8 MB. The console also features 2 USB ports, and 1 IEEE 1394 (Firewire) port (SCPH-10000 to 3900x only). A hard disk drive can be installed in an expansion bay on the back of the console, and is required to play certain games (notably the popular Final Fantasy XI), but this is only available on certain models.