The PlayStation 2 (often shortened to PS2) is a sixth-generation video game console manufactured by Sony. The successor to the PlayStation, and the predecessor to the PlayStation 3, the PlayStation 2 forms part of the PlayStation series of video game consoles. Its development was announced in March 1999 and it was released a year later in Japan. Its primary competitors were Sega's Dreamcast, Microsoft's Xbox, and the Nintendo GameCube.
The PS2 is the best-selling console to date, having reached over 138 million units sold as of August 18, 2009 and a software library projected to exceed 1,900 games in 2009. Several big name games are scheduled to be released in 2010, thus continuing the sixth generation.
PlayStation 2 is Sony's second gaming system and the successor to the original PlayStation. It competed with the GameCube and Xbox in the sixth generation of video games. Sony followed up with the PlayStation 3 in 2006.
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