Greatest Hits announced for North American PS2
Sony Computer Entertainment of America announced today the launch of their "Greatest Hits" series on the Playstation 2. Similar to when it was released on the PSX, the PS2 Greatest Hits provide a line-up of games that have obtained extreme success on the platform. After an incredible 2001 holiday season, in which 3 million PS2 units were sold, Sony is anticipating the Greatest Hits series to spark a chord with gamers alike.
The titles will retail for $24.99 and include ATV Offroad Fury, Gran Turismo 3 A-spec, Twisted Metal: Black, and Dark Cloud. The simple criteria the PS2 games exhibit is that they must have sales over 400,000 units and have been available for more than nine months. Obviously, each of the games just listed meet this standard and remarkably contribute 2.8 million sales toward the PS2.
"With an installed hardware base of 8.6 million units, and a cumulative software-to-hardware tie ratio of 4.5 to 1, we have outperformed original category and general business expectations with PlayStation 2 during its first year on the market," said Andrew House, senior vice president, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "We are proud of the fact that with our publishing partners, we collectively have been able to deliver the most impressive, compelling gaming experience to millions of enthusiasts around the world. The new "Greatest Hits" collection provides an incentive for new gamers to purchase PlayStation 2 and core gamers to add classic titles to their existing libraries.
"Historically, we have always taken a very consumer-centric approach to the market," added House. "We are focused on presenting users with the best entertainment experience at compelling prices, further extending the PlayStation 2 value proposition by consistently passing on savings to the consumer. With such strong software support for PlayStation 2 we now are able to offer must-have games for around $25."
Greatest Hits titles will be released April 4, as Sony also states more games will be released under this new label as the year goes on.
2/26/2002 Matt Stensrud