October 26, 2007
PlayStation 2 Celebrates Its Seventh Anniversary, More Than 120 Million
Consoles Sold Worldwide
Platform Momentum Continues Heading Into 2008 with the Release of More Than
160 Software Titles and a New, Limited Edition Hardware Model
Sony Computer Entertainment
America (SCEA) today celebrates the seven-year anniversary of its
PlayStation 2. Since its release in North
America on October 26, 2000, more than 120 million hardware units and more
than a billion units of PlayStation 2 software have sold worldwide, making it
the best-selling gaming platform ever released. While other game systems have
vanished from the market, PlayStation 2 continues to exhibit strong momentum,
a testament to the design and technology at the core of the product and
demonstrating SCEA’s commitment to a 10-year product lifecycle.
"While today’s anniversary celebrates PlayStation 2’s past, we’re very
excited for its future," said Jack Tretton, President and Chief Executive
Officer for SCEA. "We look forward to the platform’s continued growth and
expect to sell approximately 12 million units worldwide by the end of March,
leading us to anticipate that PlayStation 2’s lifecycle will exceed that of
the original PlayStation. Never before has an in-home game system
experienced this type of worldwide success on such a long-lasting scale."
Since its inception, PlayStation 2 has had a tremendous impact on the
industry, helping to establish the DVD format as well as giving gamers some of
the most popular software titles in video game history, spanning all genres.
Currently there are nearly 1,500 titles in PlayStation 2’s software library
and this number will continue to grow with more than 160 new games expected in
North America throughout the holidays and by the end of March 2008 including
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, High School Musical: Sing It, Madden NFL 08,
Manhunt 2, NBA ’08, Rock Band, and Buzz.
SCEA is also bringing a whole new look to PlayStation 2 this holiday with
the release of a limited edition Ceramic White PlayStation 2 bundled with
SingStar Pop and two high-quality USB microphones. The new PlayStation 2
bundle will be available in North America in early November for a suggested
retail price of US $149.99/C$149.99 and features the same, ultra-sleek design
and functions of the current PlayStation 2 including access to the large
catalog of PlayStation 2 and PlayStation software titles as well as DVD and
CD playback, digital surround sound, two memory card slots and an integrated
Ethernet port for network gaming.