Sony's Kutaragi speaks about plans for PS2 and current sales.
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. President Ken Kutaragi spoke recently on record about the status of the PS2 and its future. Kutaragi-san first started off by commenting on the PS2s biggest problem, that of course being the early shipment problems, he said that he was looking to ship 20 million PS2s in fiscal year 2002 which starts in April.
Kutaragi also made note that the delay causing chip was was the Graphics Synthesizer chip. It not only caused Sony to only ship 500,000 units at launch, but also lowered PS2 shipments by March, from 10 million worldwide to 9 million. Kutaragi-san said that everything is operating smoothly now and GS chips are in full production. As of February 15th, there have been 8.16 million PS2 units sold; 4.38 million in Japan, 2.1 million in the North America and 1.68 million in Europe. As of Feb. 15 there were 142 PS2 titles available worldwide, and Sony expects 370 to be available by March 2002 worldwide.
On a lighter note, Sony also commented on the fact that they would be shipping a total of 10 million PSOne's globally. What's astounding is that 130 million PS2s and PSOnes are expected to ship by March 2002, combined. It's good to see Sony regaining position, and the fact that the PS2 is currently the best-selling console of 2001 is great news for Sony.