What is the best-selling console of all time? Most people will tell you the Wii or the Xbox 360 or the PS3 in terms of quality and experience. But if you're talking about sales numbers, if you're talking about the biggest number in the terms of sales and if you're talking unbiased figures, then the best-selling console of all time is the Sony PlayStation 2. Period. Nada. 'Nuff said.
The Sony PlayStation 2 is a sixth generation console made by Sony and the successor to the PlayStation. It was announced in 1999 but not released until the year 2000, which gave the Dreamcast a headstart since Dreamcast came into the market on 1999. At the time, the sixth generation of consoles was kicking in very slowly so it was already a sign Sony had to made a successor. They wanted to get in on the action so the Dreamcast wouldn't make a lead.
Sony had to rely on the fanbase of the original PlayStation to make sale for the PS2 so they had titles that continued on franchises from the PlayStation as well as the backwards compatibility for PS1 games. After all, the PlayStation sold over 100 million units in its lifetime so it was a good business call to build upon the foundation of what made the PlayStation a great console during the previous generation.
The PS2 launched in Japan first on March 4, 2000 and into the rest of the world starting with USA on October 26, 2000. PS2's launch year in 2000 wasn't stellar that time but it did sell well, with Japan selling more than 980,000 units within days of launch. But the lineup of titles at launch were kind of lackluster. While there were some gems among the library, the games just didn't give the gamers what they wanted. Still, it did sell on the fact it played PS1 games and there were PlayStation fans.
But that all changed when 2001 came. This was the year when the PS2 gained much momentum and this would see the end of the Dreamcast. This was the year when the PS2 had one... [continues]
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