Sony Computer Entertainment Inc has today announced that cumulative worldwide shipments of the PS2 game console had reached 40 million units–only four and a half months after the figure of 30 million units was announced.
The breakdown of shipments by region as of September 17, 2002 is as follows:
North America – 17.01 million units
Europe / PAL – 12.06 million units
Japan – 10.97 million units
“The PlayStation 2 user base across Europe, Africa, Middle East Australia and New Zealand continues to accelerate and to grow the market for computer entertainment on TV based consoles,” said Chris Deering, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. “The recent and forthcoming line-up of new software titles on PlayStation 2 is the strongest in our history. Reviews have been outstanding, and the range of choice between now and Christmas is just awesome.”
The number of PS2 consoles in Europe is sure to increase as the platform approaches its third Christmas. Not only has SCEE recently announced a price cut for the console, but SCEE’s own pre-Christmas software line-up includes the likes of The Getaway, World Rally Championship 2 Extreme, Tekken 4, Ratchet & Clank, and Kingdom Hearts.