The PlayStation 2 is the best selling videogame console of all time including both home consoles and handhelds. As of January 31, the system has sold 150 million units worldwide in just under 11 years.
Next month will mark the 11-year anniversary of the PS2’s release in Japan. It’ll reach that same milestone in North America this October. Sony’s announcement does note that the 150 million figure is a sell-in number, as opposed to a sell-through number — that is to say, that’s how many systems have been sold to retailers as opposed to units sold to customers. With a collection of more than 10,828 games available for the system, more than 1.52 billion games have been sold through the end of 2010.
The announcement made sure to remind everyone that Sony did controler-less gaming before Microsoft in a paragraph talking about the EyeToy. It’s an easy opportunity for it to brag and enjoy this occasion. However, Sony may not hold onto the record of best selling system for long. As of December, the DS — on the market since 2004 — had sold more than 144 million units. The 3DS is sure to hamper DS sales as we go into the future, but surpassing the PS2 seems more than doable for Nintendo.