Having unveiled technical specs and the design of the new DualSense controller for the upcoming PlayStation 5 earlier this year, Sony is getting ready to offer gaming enthusiasts a first glimpse at what is arguably the most important feature of any video game console: the games themselves. Later today, the company will host a digital showcase, providing fans with a first look at some of the games that will be available at launch this holiday season.
As the next generation of video game consoles is looming on the horizon, the best-selling console of all time celebrated its 20th birthday this year. On March 4, 2000, Sony released the PlayStation 2 in Japan, before bringing it to eagerly waiting gamers around the world in the fall of the same year. Upon its arrival, the PS2 was an instant hit and it remained popular for a very long time. Even though its successor, surprisingly named PlayStation 3, arrived in 2006, the PlayStation 2 remained in production until 2013 as an affordable entry-level system.
According to official figures from Sony, the company sold more than 155 million PS2 units since its launch, making it the most successful video game console for the living room by a wide margin. As the following chart shows, Sony has been dominating the gaming landscape for the past two and a half decades, claiming four of the top five spots in the gaming hall of fame.