PlayStation shipments hit 100 million

PlayStation shipments hit 100 million

Cumulative shipments of the PlayStation and PS One games console have passed the 100 million mark, according to manufacturer Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEI).

Adding together shipments of the two consoles, the company said the level was reached on Tuesday. The PlayStation console was first launched in Japan in December 1994 and was followed by the PS One in 2000. The PS One is a lighter and smaller version of the original console and compatible with the same software.

Shipments in Japan and other Asian nations as of May 18 were 20.72 million units, those in North America were 39.67 million units and those in Europe and other markets using the PAL television standard were 39.61 million, the company said.

On the software front, about 7300 titles had been released for the platform and cumulative shipments had reached 949 million units, SCEI estimated.

Sales of the console had slowed in recent years as the newer PlayStation 2 console became SCEI's main platform. Sales of the PlayStation in the year to the end of March 2004 totalled 3.3 million units of hardware and 32 million units of software, according to SCEI.

The company is expected to launch its first handheld gaming device, the PlayStation Portable (PSP) at the end of the year in Japan and in early 2005 in North America and Europe. A third-generation home console, the PlayStation 3, is under development.

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