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PS2 sells 3 million units in two months

  Well, it has been one heck of a year for Sony, in fact, the entire gaming industry. With the Xbox and GameCube launching in middle November, the Playstation 2 was faced with some heavy competition, right? Well, sort of. As reported, the Xbox was able to sell 1.5 million units before the end of 2001, with the GameCube selling a respectable 1.2 units. And then there was this one-year old, out of date console with graphics that have been apparently outdone and games that just couldn't save such an ancient product. But wait; what's this? Hmmm..."The Playstation 2 sells 3 million units in two months". Wow, I guess something went wrong over at Microsoft and Nintendo if they can't beat such a worthless console with inferior graphics. Specifically, more than 988,700 PlayStation 2 computer entertainment systems were sold during November 2001 and nearly two million additional units during December 2001. These positive sales numbers shot the PlayStation 2 installed base to about eight million units in North America since it's launch 14 months ago. *Sniff, sniff* Sarcasm. Ain't it a beautiful thing?

   "PlayStation 2's phenomenal sales during the holiday season, and throughout 2001, is good news for the industry overall," said Kaz Hirai, president and chief operating officer, Sony Computer Entertainment America.

   "There is a huge consumer market in the U.S. for in-home entertainment. As more people diversify their entertainment options, we see newer forms -- like games -- growing exponentially in comparison to traditional mediums. Looking to 2002, we anticipate by the sheer size of our growing loyal fan base and the strength of our established industry partners that the PlayStation business will continue to propel this category to new heights, changing the landscape of the living room."

1/9/2002 Matt Stensrud

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