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Sony: 50 Million PlayStation 2s Sold


Sony: 50 Million PlayStation 2s Sold

It's an amazing testament to just how successful Sony was with the PlayStation 2 that eight years after its launch the console is still selling. And, not in small numbers either as testified by Sony's announcement that it has now shipped 50 million PS2s in North America. That is just about one PS2 for every 134th person on the planet, give or take a console or two either way.

Worldwide sales figures sit at around 140 million, which is equally impressive. Of more note than the almost ridiculously large number of consoles sold by Sony, though, is how many fewer its rivals of the same console generation shipped. The Gamecube managed a comparatively paltry 22-odd million worldwide sales, and Microsoft's original Xbox didn't do much better, with about 24 million units shipped.

Moreover, both of those rivals to the PS2 aren't seeing what could be called roaring sales, whereas the PlayStation still manages to pull in consistent sales despite its age. No doubt helped by the surprising (albeit ever decreasing) number of games still developed for the platform.

No doubt Sony will be hoping the PlayStation 3, currently in the 17 million units shipped region, will go on to equal, if not beat, its predecessors imposing legacy.




January 15, 2009, 10:20 pm

If Sony does not cut the price of the PS3 soon, I may just buy an Xbox.


January 15, 2009, 10:43 pm

If you get an Xbox make sure it&#8217s the 65nm design (145W power supply). I had my second RROD and am in the process of sending it back to MS now. They&#8217ll probably just send me another refurbished POS that will fail in a year along with a &#8220free&#8221 month of XBL. I imagine there&#8217ll be a price drop this year. If they don&#8217t Sony will have the honor of holding duel titles most expensive system on the market and least expensive; along with least sales of a console and most. If PS3 had the success of MS this go PS2 would have been dropped long ago.

Matthew Bunton

January 16, 2009, 12:02 am

I can't see it happening this time their software just isn't as strong as it once was. The 360 pretty much has it beat in every department except as a Blu Ray player of course.

The PS2 was a phenominal games machine due to the games line up not the hardware.

Paul Nicolson

January 16, 2009, 3:09 am

not this old line again, xbox is for kids, PS3 is for older kids ;-) much older !!!

Matthew Bunton

January 16, 2009, 4:27 am

@ Paul Nicolson erm nobody actually wrote anything like that.


January 17, 2009, 5:45 pm

@ Matthew Bunton, well sir, PS3 will do the same even better IMO, the PS3 2009 lineUp of game, are huge and better then the xbox 360 lineUp..

PS3 2009 has both quantity and quality games.

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