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SCEE celebrates PS2 software milestone as DADC ramps up for Xmas

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has announced that over 150 million PS2 games have now been sold in Europe, while a record 25 million discs are being pressed by manufacturing plant DADC this month.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has announced that over 150 million PS2 games have now been sold in Europe, while a record 25 million discs are being pressed by manufacturing plant DADC this month.

This means that since the console launched in Europe in November 2000, enough PS2 games have been sold here to stretch halfway around the world, Sony helpfully informed us in a press release this afternoon.

More interesting is the fact that the company's DADC manufacturing plant broke its previous manufacture record in October, turning out 20 million PS2 game discs, with a further record breaking month (25 million game discs) expected for November.

All of those titles will be on shelves before Christmas, illustrating Sony's confidence in the PS2's performance over the coming months. According to the company, the software attach rate for the console in Europe is almost 6:1 - a healthy figure, and one which is likely to be boosted over the Christmas sales period.

Although sales of the PS2 are witnessing a slight decline in Japan and the USA as the hardware passes the peak of its cycle, this Christmas is likely to be the biggest yet for the console in Europe, which has witnessed significant growth in sales of Sony's console over the past year, and has been boosted massively by the launch of titles such as EyeToy: Play over the summer, and FIFA 2004 in the past month.

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Rob Fahey is a former editor of GamesIndustry.biz who spent several years living in Japan and probably still has a mint condition Dreamcast Samba de Amigo set.