PlayStation 2 Has Sold Over 160 Million Units Globally, Jim Ryan Confirms

The console was rumored to have achieved this milestone in the past.

Story Highlights

  • The PlayStation 2 has officially sold over 160 million units worldwide, as Jim Ryan confirmed.
  • Jim brought up the tidbit in a new official podcast episode to solidify the earlier rumors.
  • It stands among the best-selling consoles of all time and has left a huge mark on the industry.

It is official; the PlayStation 2 has now been confirmed to have sold over 160 million units globally. The tidbit was affirmed by Jim Ryan—the soon-to-depart CEO of the PlayStation brand—during an official podcast episode. While reminiscing over the 2000s, Jim Ryan was asked about what the era made him think first. He shared the sales milestone and called it a high watermark for the industry. You can hear his words around the 14:50 mark.

The 2000s? That would be, I would say, 160 million, which is the number of PS2s that we sold. A high watermark,” said Jim Ryan.

The rumors about the significant milestones for the PlayStation 2 have persisted for many a year. The console has continued to leave an indelible mark even when Sony stopped announcing the official sales of the platform. As a result, many gamers across the various communities are celebrating the milestone shared by Jim Ryan. 

The PlayStation 2 Was A Major Breakthrough In The Gaming Industry

For those left confused by the exaggerated responses online, PS2 users would understand exactly why the 160 million sales are such a big deal. First, it makes the console stand among the best-selling platforms that have ever launched worldwide. The impact PS2 had on the gaming industry shaped it to take significant leaps that would have been impossible otherwise. The ecosystem also saw a myriad of excellent games over the years.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Was Among The Best PlayStation 2 Games To Ever Release | Image Source: ModDB
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was among the best games to release on the PS2 | Image Source: ModDB

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In some related news, a report last year suggested that Sony was also working on an official PlayStation 2 emulator for the current and last-gen consoles. 

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