My brother bought a Playstation 2 (Fat Version) a long 5 years ago. Even after it's tragic fall from a shelf way back, it's still in great running condition. So you can trust that this console will outlast the newest consoles of today. Sony has no doubt created a great console for entertaining the lonely bachelor or providing some fun moments with the family.
The PS2 has become a common household entertainment console competing with the likes of the Xbox, Nintendo, etc. In the PS2, you can watch movies & play games through CDs. I recommend you (if you plan on getting one or if you already have one) to buy a protection pack for the holes on where you put the controller, memory card, etc so that dust won't go inside, so as you won't be experiencing that much of trouble as well. And also, it's best if you have a bag, also for it's protection and for CDs of the PS2.