The PlayStation 2 was one of the best-selling home consoles of all time, with a frankly ridiculous library of games made available for it over the years. It was such a big seller, in fact, that Sony has had trouble living up to its legacy with the PS3 and is hoping to recreate this success with the upcoming PS4.
With such a big following there are plenty of households that will still own a PS2 and all the games that go with it.
But why should you consider selling Playstation 2 games now and are there any compelling reasons to influence this decision?
As good as the PS2 was, its games simply cannot compete with modern titles when it comes to things like sound, graphics, online capabilities and multimedia functionality.
While it may be fun to pop in Devil May Cry or Kingdom Hearts 2 and play for a while, you will soon realise that these games have very much lost their lustre over the years. Those Emotion Engine visuals that looked so great back in 2001 are jagged, blocky and seriously lacking in detail.
The power of a system does not necessarily determine its long term success, as proven by the Nintendo Gameboy. But if your PS2 gaming sessions are going to be rare or non-existent, it makes sense to sell your games and move on to greener pastures.
The PS2 is famously backwards-compatible with the original PlayStation games and Sony decided to offer this feature for the PS3 in 2006, allowing early versions to play PS2 games.
However, this was removed relatively hastily in subsequent launches and the new PS4 is going to be even more limited, using PC architecture which means that backwards compatibility is completely off the table, at least if you want to play your old games from a PS2 or PS3 disc.
The good news is that Sony’s plans for a game streaming service will mean that classic titles will be resurrected on the PS4 because all of the processing can be handled off-site at a cloud data centre while you enjoy the results in your living room.
So you can sell your PS2 games safe in the knowledge that you will still be able to play vintage titles on Sony’s new box.
Gaming is a popular hobby but it can be expensive, particularly if you want to buy the new releases on a monthly basis.
By selling PS2 games you can generate some extra cash to put back into your favourite pastime – and as a bonus, you will free-up shelf space so that there is room to accommodate new titles.
With digital distribution and cloud game streaming, owning physical copies could soon be a thing of the past, so consider this when going through your games.
Jack Peterson writes game reviews and industry news for various outlets. He has taken to selling Playstation 2 games so that he can make more room in his collection for fresh additions.