PlayStation quietly discontinued its most popular gaming console in Japan last month, basically saying farewell to the bestselling gaming system. The PlayStation 2, launched in 2000, was best known for its backward compatibility and head-start release over Microsoft's Xbox and Nintendo GameCube.
Successor: Gaming Entertainment Systems — the days of consoles dedicated solely to gaming are long gone. Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft are positioning their consoles as the ultimate entertainment systems. The PlayStation 3, for example, has an HDMI port for an HDTV, a hard disk drive, multimedia capabilities, wireless play, and basic motion control.