We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

PlayStation 2 shipments hit 100 million

37.1m in Europe

Shipments of Sony's PlayStation 2 games console passed the 100 million mark on Tuesday, the company said today.

The console was launched first in Japan in March 2000 as a successor to Sony's PlayStation console. In reaching 100 million units shipped after five years and nine months, the PlayStation 2 beat the original PlayStation to the mark by almost four years, the company said in a statement.

North America has proved the largest market for the console to-date with shipments of 40.6 million units, Sony said. In Europe, 37.1 million consoles have been shipped, and in Asia shipments totaled 22.2 million as of Tuesday.

Sony is currently working on development of its next-generation console, the PlayStation 3. That's expected to be available from some time in 2006 and should give a boost to declining shipments of Sony's home consoles.

After hitting a high of 22.5 million units of both PlayStation and PlayStation 2 in the period from April 2002 to March 2003, the company saw combined shipments fall to 16.2 million in fiscal 2004 and is predicting they will be 14 million this fiscal year.

Shipments have been falling as penetration of the PlayStation 2 has increased, stronger competition has come from Microsoft with the launch of its Xbox 360 console and consumers have been anticipating the launch of the PlayStation 3.


IDG UK Sites

Best iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 deals: Find the best contract for your new iPad

IDG UK Sites

The iPhone is doomed. Doomed to be marginally less successful than a very successful thing.

IDG UK Sites

How to prototype native mobile apps without writing code

IDG UK Sites

How to prepare for and update to OS X Yosemite: Get your Mac ready to download & install Apple's...