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Sony sells 6 million units in North America

  Sony Computer Entertainment America has announced sales numbers during the Thanksgiving week for its PlayStation 2 and PSOne consoles. During the week of November 19, the company sold 317,000 units of the PlayStation 2 and 100,000 units of the PSOne. The following week, Sony sold 321,000 PS2 units and more than 100,000 PSOne consoles. Since its launch on October 26, 2000, Sony has sold more than 6 million units of the PlayStation 2 console in North America.

   "We experienced record-breaking sales for the PlayStation family of products during the Thanksgiving time period and expect this trend to continue throughout the holidays," said Jack Tretton, senior vice president, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "For the first time since the introduction of PlayStation 2 in 2000, consumers have the opportunity to choose from multiple new console offerings. Competitive marketing efforts drove consumers to retail and many chose to purchase our products once they compared the benefits of each system. Overall in 2001 we forecast that 66 percent or $2 out of every $3 retail console dollars will result from sales of PlayStation products.

   "Our retail partners are reporting to us that 2001 will be the best year yet for videogame sales," added Tretton. "For 54 months straight, the PlayStation business has been the sales leader in every category in which it competes. We have maintained that success by providing both the PlayStation enthusiast and new consumers with a wealth of entertainment at affordable prices."

   Major hits topping the charts for PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system include: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty from Konami of America, SSX Tricky from Electronic Arts, Devil May Cry from Capcom, Grand Theft Auto 3 from Rockstar Games, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 from Activision, and Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec(TM) from Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

12/7/2001 Matt Stensrud

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