Developed and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment, the PS2 was first released in Japan on March 4th, 2000. Its success was down to three factors: design, excellent games and great timing. Sony's decision to include a DVD player also meant the console found its way into living rooms, exposing more to gaming.
The PS2 dominated an era in which developers were changing the rules of game design, crafting ambitious cinematic experiences and vast open-world adventures. Manufacturing ceased in 2013, ending over 12 years production of the most successful console.