The breakdown of shipments by region is:
PlayStation 2 Cumulative Shipments by Territory (as of January 15, 2003)
Europe/PAL (Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited) 16.02 million units
North America (Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.) 21.48 million units
Japan (Sony Computer Entertainment Japan)* 12.53 million units
Worldwide Shipments: 50.03 million units
Since its European launch in November 2000, demand for PlayStation 2 across the SCEE territories has continued to accelerate. Such is the global success of the PlayStation 2 that it has taken under four months for lifetime shipments to increase from the 40 million units reached on September 17th 2002, to the 50 million units announced today. As PlayStation 2 continues to gain worldwide popularity, it has reaffirmed its position as the entertainment platform of choice in homes around the world.
The PlayStation 2 also continues to be the format of choice for discerning software developers and publishers. In addition to the 9,000 PlayStation 2 Software Development Kits (SDK) provided to third party software developers and publishers since launch, more than 1,400 Development Kits were shipped to developers in 2002, demonstrating strong and continued confidence in the platform. With over 1,500 software titles available for the PlayStation 2 worldwide, the continuous flow of ever more exciting and entertaining new titles for PlayStation 2 is guaranteed for the foreseeable future.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is one of the leading publishers of games software for PlayStation, with a wide range of top quality, exclusive titles for every games genre. Delivering on its promise to publish top quality, blockbuster games throughout the year, SCEE's forthcoming line-up of games includes Primal, SOCOM: US Navy Seals, The Mark of Kri, Hardware Online Arena, Sly Racoon, War of the Monsters and Ape Escape 2. Full details of all forthcoming releases for PlayStation are available at www.playstation.com..