PlayStation 2 reaches ‘end of life’

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Sony completed its repair service for the PlayStation 2, more than 18 years after the first went on sale.

The console was first released in Japan in March 2000 and remains the best-selling games console ever produced.

The manufacture of the device ended in the year 2012, six years after the follow-up PS3 console was released.

Sony said it was able to offer repairs, because it was spare parts for the ageing console.

In a statement, the company’s customers and thanked them for their “continued patronage”.

Gamer seeking repairs have now try their luck with unofficial services.

More than 150 million PlayStation 2 consoles have been sold.

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The latest model, the PS4, has sold over 80 million units.

Rival console manufacturer Microsoft no longer sales reports figures for its Xbox One console. But the consulting company IHS, Markit estimates, more than 40 million have been sold.