PS2 sales continue to rise
Sony's Playstation 2 sales are still on the rise. Just a few weeks ago Sony announced the 30 millionth PS2 sold worldwide, and the 10 millionth PS2 is expected to be sold in Japan in a few days.
This means that the PS2 sold slightly better in Japan than its predecessor, the Playstation 1. This mark was reached in just 28 months, the PS 1 only reached this mark in 36 months Months. So far, most of the PS2's have been sold in the US. There 11.25 million of Sony's newest game consoles could be brought to the gamer. In Asia (with Japan) it was 9.99 million consoles and in Europe just under 9 million. In contrast to the time when the PS 1 was still at its peak, the PS2 has a much tougher competition in the game console market today. With the Xbox from Microsoft and the Gamecube from Nintendo, 3 manufacturers of the consoles are now fighting for the gamer's favor. Whereby Microsoft had the most difficult prerequisites with their Xbox in Japan. For comparison: 47,800 Playstation 2 were sold per week in Japan up to June 16, 2002, 9,300 Gamecubes, but only 4,400 from Microsoft's Xbox game console.