GameStop confirms the end of PS2 trade-ins, still selling games and accessories
"We can confirm that as of June 1st we will no longer be accepting the PS2 console or its related product for trades. We know that the 12 year old system is a popular one and for many gamers, GameStop is the only place to find a great selection of its games. We will still offer a wide selection of the PS2 hardware, accessories and games in many of our stores and online for several months, based on remaining stock from trades. We are very excited about the upcoming PS4 and are making room in our stores for it and other new platforms expected this fall."
The Evolution of The PlayStation Controller
1995 – PlayStation Control Pad: Shaping the Future
1997 – Dual Analog: More Power to Your Thumbs
1998 – DualShock: A Shock to the System The first PlayStation controller with vibration feedback and the last to be released for PlayStation, the DualShock let you physically feel the force of a Tekken 3 beatdown. Some developers realised that having two motors allowed for stereo vibration feedback; the helicopter scenes in the original Metal Gear Solid were particularly impressive in this respect.
2000 – DualShock 2: Analogue Accuracy
2006 – Sixaxis Controller: Look… No Wires
2007 – DualShock 3: Return of the Rumble
2013 - "Share" button as one of the biggest features of the DualShock 4, allowing players to easily send tidbits like video clips and screenshots to places such as Ustream, Facebook and, naturally, the firm’s own PlayStation Network. Has enhanced rumble capabilities.
Evolution of PlayStation: PlayStation 2
Discover how PlayStation took the world by storm with the launch of the massively popular PlayStation 2, making it the best-selling home gaming console ever.
The console released in North America in 2000, and I have a strangely specific memory of my high school history teacher bragging to us that her husband was able to get one, despite its limited availability. More than 150 million PlayStation 2s were sold during its lifetime, with software sales reaching well into the billions.
Some of my favorite games of all time released for the PlayStation 2 including Team Ico’s games, Naughty Dog’s Jak and Daxter series, and Metal Gear Solid 2 among many others. The system lives on with the PlayStation Network’s virtual market and HD collections.
Sony stops shipping PlayStation 2 in Japan nearly 13 years after launch
Sony will no longer ship the PlayStation 2 to Japanese retailers, according to Famitsu. At over 150 million units sold worldwide since its launch in Japan on March 4th, 2000, the PS2 is the most popular home console of all time by some distance, and has demonstrated impressive staying power. It still sees occasional new software releases in Japan, despite the fact that its successor, the PlayStation 3, was released back in 2006, and a fourth home system from Sony is expected to make an appearance in 2013. There’s no word on whether Sony plans to stop sales in other regions around the world, but it’s clear that this marks the beginning of the end for what is arguably the video game world’s most venerable console.