PlayStation 2 sales break 100 million!

Tokyo – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced today that cumulative worldwide shipment of PlayStation®2 had reached 100 million units as of November 29th, 2005, breaking the record as the fastest computer entertainment platform to reach this remarkable figure. This achievement comes within 5 years and 9 months since its launch in Japan in March 2000, 3 years and 9 months faster in penetration speed compared to its predecessor, PlayStation®. PlayStation was the first computer entertainment platform ever to reach the 100 million mark, achieved in 9 years and 6 months since launch.

PlayStation 2 is strongly supported by a wide range of users as well as from third party developers and publishers, and by maintaining backward compatibility of software titles for its predecessor system for the first time in the history of computer entertainment, PlayStation 2 has become the standard home entertainment system with over 14,000 PlayStation and PlayStation 2 titles playable, of which 6,200 titles are for PlayStation 2 alone. Cumulative software shipment has reached a total of over 1.869 billion units as of September 2005. PlayStation 2 still continues to enjoy great popularity in only the 5th year of its lifecycle, and with steady demand for the slim-line model introduced in November 2004, PlayStation 2 is sure to surpass the shipment of PlayStation, the best selling computer entertainment platform to date.

With an overwhelming shipment of 100 million units worldwide and an exciting line-up of new and attractive titles scheduled for release in the coming year-end/New Year peak selling season, the PlayStation 2 platform is expected to grow even further.
SCEI will continue to expand PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) platforms and will create and develop a new world of computer entertainment for the broadband era through the fusion of game, music, movies, and broadcasting.

PlayStation 2 Cumulative Shipment by Territory (as of Nov 29, 2005) – Japan (including Asia (*1)) 22.22 million units (launch date: March 4, 2000)

– North America 40.65 million units (launch date: October 26, 2000)
– Europe/PAL 37.14 million units (launch date: November 24, 2000)

Worldwide Shipment: 100.01 million units (*1) Includes shipment to Asian countries and regions including South Korea.