Shipments of the PlayStation 2 games console passed the 70 million mark on Jan. 13, maker Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEI) said Wednesday.
The announcement comes just over three months after the total shipment count passed 60 million, reflecting increased sales of the console during the year-end holiday in its major markets. It took about three times longer to make the previous jump from 50 million to 60 million consoles.
Console shipments in November and December in Japan were 18 percent higher than in the same period a year earlier at 1.1 million units. In Europe, they rose 5 percent to 3.6 million in the last two months of 2003 compared to the same period a year earlier. In the North American market, however, they fell by around 30 percent to 2.9 million in November and December from approximately 4 million in the same period a year earlier.
Total shipments in Japan as of Jan. 13 were 16.2 million from the console's debut on March 4, 2000. In North America, where the product went on sale on Oct. 26, 2000, shipments reached 29.3 million and in Europe, where it went on sale on Nov. 24, shipments had reached 24.6 million, according to SCEI figures.