Sony: we'll have sold 132m PS2s by 31 March 08
Console still a contender?
Sony expects to have sold 132m PlayStation 2s worldwide by the end of March 2008, boosting the console’s current seven-year sales figures by 12m within five months.
Sony's PS2: still a contender
The company claims it's already sold 120m PS2s worldwide, since unveiling the gaming unit in the US on 26 October 2000. Of course, the PS2 made its global debut in Japan on 4 March 2000, but the sales Sony made between then and the US launch shouldn't add too many units to that 120m total. The PS2 arrived in Europe on 23 November 2000.
Jack Tretton, head of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) said in a statement that if the company meets its 132m target, then the “PlayStation 2’s lifecycle will exceed that of the original PlayStation”.
Sony isn’t being very humble though. It claims the PS2 also helped “establish the DVD format” - even though the playback software that shipped with the Japanese console was slammed for its poor image quality - and gave gamers “some of the most popular software titles in video game history”.
It's true - well for me anyway
The PS2 was my first DVD player and my only one for sometime. It was a great introduction to the format. It's the same story for my PS3. It's a fantastic BR player, and if you compare it to other BR stand alone players, it's a bargain considering you get a next gen games machine.
And as for the games on the PS2, well, how long have you got...
Well let's face it, it did in part establish the DVD format. It was mine & many other people's first DVD player. It was affordable and did the job whilst all other standard DVD players were still far too expensive.
And yes, it also brought us some of the best games in history :)