Projected global sales figure of 11 million announced by Sony.
Sony Computer Entertainment hopes to significantly augment global shipments of the red-hot PlayStation 2 console by the end of March, en route to eclipsing the 11 million mark in global sales, according to The Nihon Keizai Shimbun Monday edition.
In Japan alone, SCEI has shipped 4 million retail units. In the United States, Sony clings to its promise of 100,000 units shipped each week since the console's October 26th launch (spawning a grand total of 1.3 million by 2000's close).
Sony also has high hopes that the increase in global shipments will aid the company specifically in the North American market, in which Sony's console was a victim of enormous hype and shipping difficulties.
Despite Sony's "disappointing" North American launch, the company expects the oncoming flood of anticipated titles to silence industry cynics who have poked fun at the console's lack of true system movers. Titles like Final Fantasy X, Metal Gear Solid 2, as well other hyped games from developers like Koei, Namco and Capcom are to hit the system in the future. Specifically, Sony expects March to be a very strong month for the PlayStation 2. The company plans to ship PS2s by the millions in the month of March, but that's not the end of the company's springtime scheme by any means. A deluge of titles are to crash onto PS2 shores in that month, as Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec, Zone of the Enders, Ring of Red, Shadow of Destiny and The Bouncer all become available in March.
1/4/2001 Bryan Keers