How PlayStation 2 changed the world

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2000-2001 – PS2 release makes DVD the dominant format in Japan

Sony might like to take a little more credit than it’s due when over the success of DVDs in Europe and the States – but in Japan, the release of the PS2 as a games console and a DVD player effectively snuffed out the competition from formats like the inferior VCD. That said, the PS2′s democratizing of the format (in a time when a standalone DVD player couldn’t be had off Amazon for tuppence) certainly didn’t hurt DVD’s rise to global dominance.

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