Production of Sony Computer Entertainment's (SCEI) PlayStation 2 games console has passed the 50 million unit mark.
Total worldwide production of the console, first launched in March 2000 in Japan, stood at 50.03 million units as of January 15, SCEI said in a statement. Of that, 43 per cent of all consoles produced were models for the North American market, 32 per cent for the European market and the remaining 25 per cent for the Japanese and South Korean markets.
Production of the PlayStation 2 reached the 50 million unit mark after 2 years and 10 months from its initial debut - one year and two months faster than it took the original PlayStation console to get to the same point.
It also comes just 4 months after PlayStation 2 production passed the 40 million unit mark; the quick jump was helped by record sales of the console over the holiday period. SCEI said it sold 8.5 million PlayStation 2 consoles during November and December, a jump of 24 per cent on the previous year. Of those sales, 4 million were in the North American market, 3.4 million were in the European market and 940,000 units were in the Japanese market. End of year domestic sales were down 27 per cent however those in North America and Europe were up 42 per cent and 27 per cent respectively.
There were also more than 1500 software titles available, production of which has passed 300 million units, SCEI said.
The company recently began selling network adapters for an online gaming service. Sales of the PlayStation 2 network adapter in North America had reached 400,000 units by the end of December 2002 while production of adapters for SCEI's service in Japan stood at 190,000 units.