London, 9 November 2006 - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced a significant milestone for PlayStation®2 with 40 million units now in the hands of consumers throughout Europe and the PAL territories.
The 40 million mark establishes PlayStation 2 as the most popular computer entertainment system in Europe and surpasses its predecessor, PlayStation® (PS one®), which sold just over 39 million units. Now into its 6th year, PlayStation 2 has proved a worthy successor to the groundbreaking PS one, which at the same 6 year mark had sold just 33 million units.
''We are extremely proud of the continuing success of PlayStation 2'', said David Reeves, SCEE President and CEO. ''In the last month or so sales of PlayStation 2 throughout Europe and PAL territories has exceeded 100,000 units per week, which is extremely pleasing and proves the format is as popular now as it ever was. Through the continual development of new and innovative gaming titles, in particular the social gaming phenomena such as EyeToy, SingStar and BUZZ! PlayStation 2 will remain the computer entertainment system of choice for new and experienced gamers alike.''
The 40 million milestone also coincides with another noteworthy achievement; PlayStation 2 now has over 2000 software titles available in Europe with approximately another 50 due for release prior to Christmas.
Note to Editors:PlayStation 2 is available for 129.99 (£94.95) Total PlayStation 2 titles available include Platinum
For further information please contact:
Nick Sharples ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd
Tel: + 44 207 859 5301 Fax: + 44 207 859 5036
About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd. As at September 2006
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PlayStation®2 and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) software and hardware in 104 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE also develops, publishes, markets and distributes entertainment software for these formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for the formats in these territories. Between its European debut on 24th November 2000 and the end of September 2006, over 42 million PlayStation 2 consoles have been shipped across the SCEE territories, over 111 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history. Between its European debut on 1st September 2005 and the end of September 2006, over 8 million PSP systems have been shipped across the SCEE territories, with over 22.9 million shipped worldwide since its Japanese launch in December 2004.
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