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Sony ends PlayStation 2 production

Sony will stop producing and shipping the PlayStation 2.

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Gaming fans play Sony's PlayStation 3's Hitman Absolution on the third day of the E3 videogame extravaganza in Los Angeles on June7, 2012 in California. (Frederic J. Brown /AFP/Getty Images)

PlayStation 2 is going retro. Sony told retailers that it will no longer ship PlayStation 2 consoles to stores, Famitsu reported. Once the current supply of PS2s sell out, that's it, as Sony has ended PS2 production in Japan.

This marks the end of the best-selling video game console of all time. Since the PS2 launched in March 2000, 150 million consoles and 1.52 billion games for it were sold, PC Magazine reported

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However, games will still be produced for the PS2, BBC News reported. About 11,000 different games have been made for the gadget in its lifespan.

When the PlayStation 3 came out in 2006, Sony shifted its focus to the new product but kept the PS2 on store shelves at a lower price, Fox News reported.  

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