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Sony has shipped 19.57 million Playstation 2 and 88.26 million units of the original Playstation games console as of 30 September 2001.

In the three months ended 30 September, Sony's Q2, the company shipped 4.62 million PS2s and 2.82 million PS1s. Sales of the original console are up, as Sony only shipped 2.37 million of them in the same period a year earlier, but now you can get it for £75.

PS2s are also going great. Sony shipped 980,000 of them in the same quarter a year ago - the launch quarter, but the price has come down a hell of a lot - £299 at launch, now £199.

Software-wise, 19 million Playstation 1 titles were shipped in Q2 (not just Sony productions), down from 40 million for the quarter a year ago. Since its launch, 802 million units have shipped.

As for the PS2, 72.5 million PS2 titles have shipped so far. In Q2 22.7 million CDs were shipped, compared with 3.4 million a year earlier.

Sony's games business for Q2 was up by 83 per cent on the period a year earlier. The Playstation operation had an operating profit of 4.1 billion yen ($34 million) compared with a loss of 2.9 billion yen ($23.55 million) in the year-ago period. ®

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