Worldwide PlayStation 2 Shipments by Region, as of May 5, 2002
North America (Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.) 11.3 million units
Japan (Sony Computer Entertainment Japan) 9.9 million units
Europe/PAL (Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited) 8.8 million units
Demand for the PlayStation 2 across the SCEE territories has been unfaltering since its introduction in November 2000, and it is now outselling the original PlayStation console at a rate of 3 to 1, despite the introduction of new consoles to the market in recent months. Such is the global success of the PlayStation 2 that lifetime shipments have increased from the 26 million units, announced in February 2002, to 30 million units in just three short months.
“PlayStation 2 has fully delivered on its entertainment promise,” said Chris Deering, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, “PlayStation 2 is now firmly established as the console of choice for all those who are serious and knowledgeable about their gaming. Having recently announced our sales milestone of 7 million units across the PAL territories, and with an unmatched line-up of terrific games for the coming season, we are looking forward to the future with enthusiasm and confidence.”
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe will be providing an update on their plans for the coming year, and will be showcasing their range of forthcoming games titles, at the industry’s annual tradeshow, Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which takes place in Los Angeles from 22-24 May.