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PlayStation 2 Turns 19, Here Are Some Sales Figures

PlayStation 2 Turns 19, Here Are Some Sales Figures - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 04 March 2019 / 3,958 Views

The fourth of March 2019 marks the 19th anniversary of the launch of the PlayStation 2 in Japan. 

Sony's second console is not only the best-selling home console of all time, but also the most successful platform in gaming history. The PlayStation 2 sold 157.68 million units in its lifetime.

Looking at the regional breakdown we can see how strong it was right across the world. It sold best in Europe with 55.28 million units, but it also proved popular in North America, where it managed to shift 53.65 million units, and Japan, where 23.18 million units were sold. The rest of the world also accounted for a massive 25.57 million units.

As you would expect from the best-selling platform in gaming history, software sales were also strong. Below we've compiled a list of the top 10 best-selling PlayStation 2 games:

10th. Final Fantasy XII - 6.40 Million

9th. Medal of Honor: Frontline - 6.83 Million

8th. Need for Speed: Underground 2 - 6.90 Million

7th. Need for Speed: Underground - 7.20 Million

6th. Final Fantasy X - 8.60 Million

5th. Gran Turismo 4 - 11.76 Million

4th. Grand Theft Auto III - 13.10 Million

3rd. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec - 14.89 Million

2nd. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - 16.15 Million

1st. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - 17.30 Million

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Mospeada21CA (on 04 March 2019)

Happy Birthday PS2!!

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Darwinianevolution (on 04 March 2019)

Happy birthday, PS2. Wow, it really has been a long time since a console had its top selling fps shooter to be any other than CoD.

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Cerebralbore101 (on 04 March 2019)

Fantastic system! I still use mine to this day. PS2 games are super cheap, and a lot of them have held up really well over the years.

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EricHiggin (on 04 March 2019)

Ran across the Fat PS2 in the attic about a month ago. The laser had burned out on it and the price to have it replaced at that time was close to a brand new PS2 slim, so it never got fixed. In 2019, a laser is only $5.00, so I ordered one off ebay, replaced it, and now it works just like new. Oh the nostalgia.

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estebxx (on 05 March 2019)

Arguably the best console ever.

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loy310 (on 05 March 2019)

Crazy to think i only stopped using my PS2 7 years ago

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Keybladewielder (on 04 March 2019)

I thought the first Kingdom Hearts was in the top 10.

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