It’s surprising to even think that there was still activity in the world of the PlayStation 2 in 2018, but it turns out that Sony has been fielding service requests for the world’s best-selling gaming console in Japan. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case, as official repairs shut down just before the weekend.
Kotaku, drawing from Japanese outlet IT Media, reported that Sony Interactive Entertainment officially dropped support for the PlayStation 2 on August 31, 2018. The console has been out of production for five years, but the company was still offering repair services. Now it’s every PlayStation 2 for itself out there in the retro wastelands.
As the story goes, Sony Japan gave final notice to PS2 owners, asking anyone in need of PlayStation 2 repairs to fill out an online form by August 31, 2018 to squeeze theirs in before the shutdown. Customers could also just send consoles in by that time as well. Unfortunately, any consoles that arrive at the PlayStation Clinic in Iwate Prefecture after September 7 will not be eligible for repair, and the article doesn’t say what happens after that.
It’s a shame, but it’s also pretty amazing that Sony Japan has been servicing the thing this whole time. Luckily, as consoles go out of official support, demand for unofficial support rises and things like online repair services and DIY toolkits are reliable options for keeping those old consoles alive.