PlayStation 2 Sells More Than Original PlayStation

40 million PS2’s sold in Europe to date

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Sony has just sent SPOnG word on a quite impressive milestone – the PlayStation 2 has just overtaken the original PlayStation as the most popular computer entertainment system in Europe.

40 million PS2s are now in the hands of consumers throughout Europe and the PAL territories. The venerable forebear, the PlayStation, ‘only’ managed to sell a stinking 39 million units in Europe. Bah!

The PS1 Product Manager at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe must be gutted by this news!

Indeed, at the same point into its lifecycle – six years in – the original PlayStation had only managed to shift a ‘laughable’ 33 million units.

SCEE President David Reeves has the honour of offering up today’s back-slapping corporo-quote for the press announcement, saying, ''We are extremely proud of the continuing success of PlayStation 2. In the last month or so sales of PlayStation 2 throughout Europe and PAL territories have exceeded 100,000 units per week, which is extremely pleasing and proves the format is as popular now as it ever was. Through the continual development of new and innovative gaming titles, in particular the social gaming phenomena such as EyeToy, SingStar and BUZZ! PlayStation 2 will remain the computer entertainment system of choice for new and experienced gamers alike.''

This is all clearly part of Sony’s strategy to continue fully supporting its current gen’ baby, which now has more than 2,000 titles available, with another 50 due for release prior to Christmas.

It’s a shame Microsoft cannot be credited with giving anywhere near the same level of support for the Xbox, having pretty much forgotten about the original system in its rush to be first to embrace the next generation.


Svend Joscelyne 9 Nov 2006 14:09
It is a shame about Microsoft. I still have my original XBOX sitting next to my 360, but I hardly ever use it (it's a bitch to set up with my current entertainment... set up). It pains me to see Microsoft clearly not giving a damn as I, like probably many more gamers, am looking to 'streamline' everything so I have as few consoles on show as possible. When you have even a respectable sized room like mine and about 11 consoles, space is a valuable commodity. :P
realvictory 9 Nov 2006 15:35
I have a few, but I don't like having more than one set up at once - the reason is, once I start playing one, I keep playing it for ages.

With my XBox, I got Halo 2 and a few other games, then started playing my other consoles, and never got round to playing on it again, so it's not very used. I look at the XBox 360 in the same way, assuming that there might be a couple of games that are exclusive on it, but not enough to keep me playing on it. e.g. If a new game such as PES6 comes out on all the consoles, I'll buy the PS2 one, because that's the console I play on most, because it already has the most games I like on it. You can't get away with releasing 1 or 2 good games per year.
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kit786 9 Nov 2006 15:53
Is that the number sold or shipped? As Sony only ever release the number of units shipped.

If it is no. of sold then congratultions Sony
SCiARA 9 Nov 2006 16:55
It is s**te to think that poor old xbox was out what, just over 3 years? And is now forgotten about by MS. I get the impression from MS that the xbox is a long distance relative that embarrasses them. Cant see why though, other than the fact it was so ugly it was kind of pretty I don’t think there's nothing wrong with it, some cracking games on it and it helped put MS where they are today in the console market.

I just hope they don’t do the same with the 360 in a couple of years.

on a personal note though i think i own more (legit) games now on the 360 then I ever did for the original (which was modded for the cheap games) and I wouldn’t dream of tampering with the 360 due to bricking the XBL service and its content.

I think one of the main reasons for not supporting xbox has been the lack of backwards compatibility and developing for two completely different systems (i.e. the GPU’s)?
tyrion 9 Nov 2006 18:22
SCiARA wrote:
I just hope they don’t do the same with the 360 in a couple of years.

I don't think they will. The main reason I can see that the original XBox was dumped so quickly is due to Microsoft making a loss on each one because of the NVIDIA situation. So Microsoft did a classic dump and switch move to get the 360, which they control all the IP on, to market. This means they control the prices and can drop them when required without having to think about royalty payments to suppliers.

Interestingly, I have seen reports recently that Microsoft now pays more per 360 made due to getting better quality components now than at launch. This explains both the reliability increase over launch units and the lack of a price drop for Christmas.

SCiARA wrote:
I think one of the main reasons for not supporting xbox has been the lack of backwards compatibility and developing for two completely different systems (i.e. the GPU’s)?

This is the largest shame of all to do with the 360. The ditching of hardware is one thing, but ditching the software too, after Sony's backwards compatibility with PS3 led the way for non-handhelds, is just silly. Again, you have to think that it's down to them not owning all of the IP on the original XBox, preventing them from doing BC correctly without more royalty payments.

Just goes to show why nobody else has stuck a PC in a box and called it a console before. You don't have the control to match other console manufacturers.
RxM360 10 Nov 2006 15:48
System wars. What a lovely thing.

Fact, the Playstation 2 is the most popular system by far on this planet. Of that there is no doubt.
Fact, the Playstation 2 has more games than the other systems.
Fact, the Playstation 2 has some exclusive titles that some Xbox owners would love to have.

But there are some other facts that need to be pointed out as well.

Fact, the Xbox is technically superior over the other consoles.
Fact, technically speaking, any game on the Game cube and Playstation 2 can be developed on the Xbox and typically in an enhanced form.
Fact, there are some titles on the Xbox that are simply impossible to make on the other systems.
Fact, Xbox has the better game to system ratio purchase.
Fact, Xbox is pushing the video game industry to bigger and better things. That's good for all gamers.

So in the end we have choices. You can choose the popular system or you can choose the technically superior system. And yes, there are other variables to consider like a preference to a specific game or perhaps online features are more your thing.

It is all about the games and not market share. Market share only shows how many people are buying your system not which is the better system. Market share typically improves if you have a better price point or if you fool enough people with hype and deception. Most hard core gamers know what they prefer and market share means nothing to them. And while the system installer base is important, the games sales ratio is equally if not more important.

For my money, I go with the XBOX simply because it is the best piece of hardware out there not to mention it has the best game in the world. And no matter what the numbers reflect the Xbox is not going away any time soon.

SCiARA 10 Nov 2006 15:52

i'd say due to a complete lack of support the xbox has already gone...
RxM360 10 Nov 2006 15:56
System wars. What a lovely thing.

Remember, PS2 had a year head start. so you can't really compare numbers. That is a big disadvantage. Of course Sony claims they have sold more systems majority of them selling more at that time is because 1. it plays games + old PSX & 2. It's also a DVD player in one shell. and 3. Those same people had to go out and buy another PS2 because their first PS2 system broke. Not even that, Sony really HYPED this system so much (Example our Emotion Engine is so powerful. what a joke LOL. Don't get me wrong And look what they are doing now, They copying Microsoft's idea and implementing it into their own outdated shell called the "PS3" that will retail for $500. In the end your right. Sony has outsold and probably will continue out sell the Xbox simply put its a matter of more dumb people than smart.

- Capcom's Biohazard producer Mikami has made some strong criticisms toward Sony, and general customers in a recent radio program interview in Japan.

1. He mentioned that Sony makes their consoles easy to break to increase their installed base. He said the PS2 is selling so well because many people are buying a second one for replacement.

2. He said he has bought two sets of PlayStation and PlayStation 2 in the past, because the CD lens wore out quickly. When he played Super Robot Taisen on PS, it took one minute to load up each battle, he was so pissed off that he had to get a new PlayStation to play the game.

3. Other than PlayStation, he mentioned the current PC systems, walkman and Docomo cellphones are also easy to break, he said manufacturers purposely make the systems easier to break, so that customers would have to purchase a new one every one or two years. He said that how come no customers have complained about it? It's almost like cheating and committing a crime.... (the radio DJ interrupted the conversation and tried to switch to another topic.)

RxM360 10 Nov 2006 16:00
FYI, Some developers are still making game for the first XBOX. MS is still supporting it.

tyrion 10 Nov 2006 18:44
RxM360 wrote:
FYI, Some developers are still making game for the first XBOX. MS is still supporting it.

FYI, try clicking on the "releases" link at the top of the page. Now compare the XBox and PS2 Coming Soon lists. They only go forward 4 weeks and only properly cover the UK, so there may be a glut of XBox games in the US just before Christmas, but I don't think so.
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