A lot has changed in the past 18 years. Sony launched the PlayStation 2 console back in March 2000. The gaming industry has changed significantly since then but the company continued to offer repair services for the console in its home country of Japan even as it wrapped up things in other markets. Sony will no longer be providing repair services for the PlayStation 2 in Japan, over 18 years after the console was first launched in the country.
Sony had actually been manufacturing the PlayStation 2 up until 2012, almost six years after its successor the PlayStation 3 was released. Since there was a market for the console the company kept making it.
It was also supporting customers through repair services but they will no longer be provided in Japan. Sony says that it’s making this decision because it no longer has replacement parts for the almost two-decade old console.
Sony has sold more than 150 million PlayStation 2 consoles and in a statement announcing the end of repair services, it thanked customers for their “continued patronage.” Those who still own the Sony PlayStation 2 in Japan or elsewhere for that matter will now have to rely on unofficial repair services should an issue ever arise with their console that needs fixing.