Sony ends aftercare service for the PlayStation 2
Say it aint so
It is definitely the end of an era. Sony has announced it will no longer support PlayStation 2 repairs through the PlayStation clinic from September 7th 2018.
I was pretty surprised when I saw the news. 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 thankfully.
So all is not lost for those of you who still have your childhood console and are concerned for its well being.
Memories of the PlayStation 2
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.
If you are a frequent reader of the blog you’ll know my love of the PlayStation 2.
It was my absolute favorite console growing up so it’s very nostalgic for me. Over recent months I have amassed quite the collection of great games as well.
If you follow me over on Instagram, you’ll see that I pretty frequently post about my gaming pickups and PlayStation 2 games are pretty often among them.
Now with the ending of the after care service, it seems as though the end is in sight for this fantastic console.
However, don’t lose hope just yet. You may have noticed that Sony has jumped on the nostalgia train in recent years. There have been remakes of previously popular PS2 games such as Ratchet and Clank, Crash Bandicoot and Spyro.
More are likely on the way but even this offering is epic for those with nostalgia for these game series.
So all is not lost for those of you who want to relive your childhoods on the latest gen consoles.
So what now for gamers?
From a collecting point of view, this will likely have an impact on the price of PlayStation 2 consoles.
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.
For those of you that already own a PlayStation 2 it is important to learn how to maintain your console and it’s peripherals. Being able to teardown and clean your gear will allow you to keep playing with them for longer.
This in turn will save you a lot of money as you wont have to source things online.