Sony ends aftercare service for the PlayStation 2
It is definitely the end of an era as Sony has announced it will no longer support PlayStation 2 repairs through the PlayStation clinic from September 7th 2018. I was surprised when I saw the news as I honestly didn’t know it was possible to still get the PS2 repaired up until now. But alas, no longer. It will be highly likely that third parties will continue to offer repair services so all is not lost for those of you who still have your childhood console and are concerned for its well being.
The PlayStation 2 is still the best selling console of all time with over 150 million units sold over its 12 year life span. Starting out in 2000 when this console was released, the sequel to the popular PlayStation 1 featured backwards compatibility which was a first for gaming consoles. Throughout its life, the PS2 has amassed a stunning library of games spanning all manner of genres and for me it is great fun to collect for. The console was unfortunately discontinued in 2013 following the ushering in of next gen consoles.
Now with the ending of the after care service, it seems as though the end is in sight for this fantastic and nostalgic console, though maybe not completely. You may have noticed that Sony has jumped on the nostalgia train in recent years with remakes of previously popular PS2 games such as Ratchet and Clank, Crash Bandicoot and Spyro just to give a few examples. So all is not lost for those of you who want to relive your childhoods in HD.
From a collecting point of view, I am presuming this might have some impact on the price of PS2 consoles in the wild or online. Time will tell I am sure. It might be worth picking one up to add to the collection if you haven’t already though, just in case!