Updated 25 May, 2013, 6:56 pm IST
Sony shuts down PlayStation 2 production in Japan
| by Shunal Doke |
Production of one of the most important consoles of the previous generation—the PlayStation 2—has been stopped in Japan. According to Famitsu, Sony has told Japan's retailers that it will not be providing any more PS2s for sale. The current stock is the last stock of the console in the country.
While the console may be on its way out, development for it continues. This was especially evident when the PlayStation 3 was launched—the PS2 outsold it for the first three months, and saw the release of many games such as the critically acclaimed Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4. To this day, yearly installments of the FIFA series also get ported to the console.
Sony has shut down production of the PS2 in Japan
While there is no indication of Sony ceasing production of the console in other countries, it is a sign that it could be starting production of its next-gen console, which is dubbed 'Orbis'. The company could be diverting its manufacturing resources towards the next-gen console.
Currently, it is rumoured that the PlayStation 4 would be released in the spring or autumn of 2014. These rumours are adding fuel to the fire, thanks to reports that developers already have their hands on the developer kits for the system. Sony has been using the term Orbis when referring to the machine. There has been no official record of the company calling it a PlayStation 4.
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