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.