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Electronics giant Sony has announced that it will stop producing its PlayStation 2 consoles in Japan.
The Japanese firm did not say what its plans were for production in other parts of the world
Since launching in 2000 the PlayStation 2 (PS2), which has a Blu-ray player, has sold more than 150 million units worldwide, the Japan Times reports.
According to the report, it became the best selling console of all time and was so popular that it outsold the its replacement for the first three years.
The Japanese website of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc said that shipments have been "completed".
Software for the console is expected to continue being produced.
According to the report, the news has sparked rumours that embattled Sony, which has been hit by falling sales owing to the popularity of games on smartphones, is planning a PlayStation 4, over six years since launching the PS3. (ANI)