Today in Gaming History: 10/26/2013

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October 26, 2000: PlayStation 2 released in the U. S.
As we get ready to ring in the joys and triumphs of the PlayStation 4, let’s not forget that 13 years ago this week, the PlayStation 2 descended upon the gaming world. When asked about the console, Kazuo Hirai, president and COO of Sony Compute Entertainment America, boasted, “The PlayStation 2 . . . is not the future of video game entertainment, it is the future of entertainment period.”* Like the first PlayStation, the PS2 could play DVDs was well as games on CD. It was also backwards compatible with PS1 games, and it accepted PS1 memory cards. The PS2 controllers had been upgraded with analog sticks, but PS1 controllers could be used with the machine with limited functionality.  The PS2’s launch price was $299.

When the console was displayed at E3 2000, it faced stiff competition from the Sega Dreamcast, which had been released in 1999 and, at the time, had a stronger catalog of games. But the 2000 holiday season proved that the market was ready for the PS2, which eclipsed the Dreamcast in sales — the PS2 brought in $250 million on it first day, while the Dreamcast fell short of $100 million in sales on its first day. Among the PS2’s launch titles were Madden NFL 2001, Street Fighter EX3, and TimeSplitters.

Where were you when the PS2 hit the streets? If you were looking forward to its release, did you get one on or near its release day, or did you wait until the madness of the season had died down? Tell us in the comments!

*Steven Kent, The Ultimate History of Video Games

4 Comments Add yours

  1. jhosack87 says:

    Thanks for a blast from the past! I remember unboxing my PS2. It was the best day ever.

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    1. cary says:

      You’re welcome! I remember our first PS2 as well — it was certainly an exciting day. 🙂

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  2. duckofindeed says:

    I got my PS2 years after it was released. I was really excited about it, but I went with the GameCube when the new generation of consoles came out (I always get a Nintendo console first). One day, though, I finally decided I couldn’t wait any longer for the PS2 and got it (for a big discount, I believe). It was awesome, and it is still my favorite console of all time.

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    1. cary says:

      I know that’s it’s hard to argue with the strides Sony has made with the PS3, but at least some of that success can and should be chalked up to the greatness of the PS2. The jump from the PS2 to PS3 was pretty big, but the jump from the PS1 to the PS2 was monumental!

      I also had the Gamecube before the PS2, and I really liked it. For a long time I played it much more than the PS2.

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