Sony sells 40 millionth PS2 in Europe

Sequel bests its predecessor, the PlayStation, which sold a total of 39 million units in the region.

With six months to go before the PlayStation 3 comes to the region, European gamers are still flocking to buy its predecessor. With this news, Sony finally has something to celebrate today. In its sixth year of release, the PS2 is now the most successful console in Europe, and has sold 7 million more units than the PlayStation had after the same time period.

''We are extremely proud of the continuing success of PlayStation 2," commented SCEE president and CEO David Reeves. ''In the last month or so sales of PlayStation 2 throughout Europe and PAL territories has exceeded 100,000 units per week, which is extremely pleasing and proves the format is as popular now as it ever was."

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RiceCake
RiceCake

weeeeeeee! 2 year old article!

Rhubarb9
Rhubarb9

aw come on you guys are exaggerating the DRE problem you can easily fix it yourself I've had the same PS2 and Played hardcore alot on it for 3 years when I got a DRE I just opend the PS2 up and screwed the laser reader anybody can do this just google for DRE fix or something like that

_Sam_
_Sam_

Wow, I didn't know they sold that many

Settings
Settings

yo yo yo!!!! wat u waiting for go play the ps2 and buy the ps3 so u could see the succes of sony computer entertaiment!!!!!! the XBOX 360 sucks even the PS2 is better. keep on playing ps2

SIG45
SIG45

I think that Sony is doing good work, though why sales of PS2 units are this high I cannot comprehend. Whatever. I can barely afford a PS3 anyways, what with this being my senior high school year.

glhx1rush
glhx1rush

Hey BJ411, I'm not a Microsoft Fanboy, but I do have a 360, so how did I get "owned"? Somewhere out there people are still buying Xbox's, and GameCube's..... Using your logic, who are they "owning" , oh, I will be buying the other two (new) systems when they are eventually available... so Am I "owning" myself.. damn, this is getting confusing...........

DizCrzedGamer
DizCrzedGamer

Sony will dominate the world. Mr. Yamaguchi, Im ready for work! Ahh- Daniel Son welcome to Sony!

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Good Job $ony! Now let's see what u can do with teh PS-3.......

Dantes_Monkey
Dantes_Monkey

wow 40 million sold and only one of them is mine, no DREs since launch!!!!!!!! I'm sure Sony would be over the moon if the PS3 reached such an immense number as this.

Gmacrusher
Gmacrusher

WOW unreal the PS2 is still selling......now thats cool

thefjk
thefjk

Good, so in 6 yrs time, will the same be tru for the PS3...?

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

Congratulations to Sony! And now let's see what PS3 does.

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

My ps2 lasted pretty good, yea sure i did have to send it to sony to get those read errors fix once, but after that its been smooth sailing...... knock on wood

Demandred24
Demandred24

i would say the place has sold many ps2s is because they break like crazy. I am on now my 4th ps2. My slim doesn't work half the time now, and I do take care of my sutff. It keeps telling me that the controller isn't inserted and it is, and tne the screen flashes back and forth.

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

acuigamespot like when Sega made the 32x lol!!!

faizali86
faizali86

i hope that happens to the ps3 too.

GrimBee
GrimBee

WOW! You got to admit that Sony really did well with the Ps2. They created the right kind of console, got the right kind of exclusive games (lets forget resident evil for now..) and they price-dropped and re-designed when the right time came around to totally wash out the competition from Nintendo and M$. My hats go off to Sony for the Ps2. Now its the ps3.. and why the HECK has sony dumped all over what worked with the ps2?!?! They are making a system far too powerful next to the competition (the ps2 was the least powerful). Its choice of games isnt as great as the competition, and its forcing a Sony brand media format.. I think that the ps3 will be a good product, but it definately wont see the light of what the ps2 saw, its pretty much completely different. Sony always says "we arent making an upgrade, or a ps2.5"... but, what would be wrong with that? The ps2 was a monumental success!:(

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

so.... that makes 20,000,000 people that have been owned by sony (since 20 mill probably got the ps2, their first one broke, then they all had to buy another ps2).

toyotaryo
toyotaryo

i owned it from 3 years and i'm waiting more games for this console ps2 did not die yet

godovivel
godovivel

SONY = The King of Videogames

ftjx
ftjx

I think it's sad, that people are still buying a current-gen system, now that a next-gen one has been out for about a year. I do think sony deserves this success because the Ps2 is not just a system with a lot of games it is also a dvd-player. I hope MS takes note of this since I've never really understood why they chose to make a console that couldn't play dvd from the get go.

acuigamespot
acuigamespot

Live on PS2... i wonder if PS3 can beat that... and i bet there will be more interesting game title coming soon for PS2. Yea...Yea...Yea... Why don't they just create an upgrade kit for PS2... it will be appreciated.... HAHAHAHA

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

Sony could sell a lot more if they reach out to the Masses more and add to games that are different and use what they have already. They need to make more games that use Peripherals that are out there. Flight games that use a Flight stick, Light gun games, Drum games, and EYE TOY games. They could bundle the system with these peripherals with games to sell more. PS2 with Logitech Steering wheel with 3 racing games that usees it, or 2 Dance mats with dancing games, or Eyetoy with all Eyetoy games, or 2 mics and some singing games, or Other bundles that poeple like. In addition bundle peripheals so thoes that have a PS2 can get a few new toys to play with. A steringwheel, Flight stick, Wireless controler, Fight stick, Light gun, and Eyetoy. Also, Dance mat, Mic, Eyetoy, Drum, and Guitar. Each bundle would sell for $100.00 - !50.00 for high end bundle. More games need to be made for these peripheals and that would sell more bundles.

elythemonkey
elythemonkey

I do that sleep walking---------------DS Lite

alberto2045
alberto2045

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thekey
thekey

BigJ411 "lmao notice how MS fanboys cant say s**t in this forum when the good news comes in they get owned. Im not a fanboy I have Gears of War and I think its awesome as hell but MS fanboys who hate on Sony are idiots. All you hear are complains and I bet you all the systems I have (I have them all) that Sony will still be sucessful with Ps3 its inevitable." Own this........................ WWE smackdown vs Raw......... canceled NBA live 07.............. canceled Oblvion..................... delayed until 07 FEAR.......................delayed until 07 European launch...............delayed unitl 07 Genki on gamespot............... 6.4 Gears of War sales................. more than the PS3 at launch(thanks sony!) PS3's PS2 success............... doubtful.

BigJ411
BigJ411

lmao notice how MS fanboys cant say s**t in this forum when the good news comes in they get owned. Im not a fanboy I have Gears of War and I think its awesome as hell but MS fanboys who hate on Sony are idiots. All you hear are complains and I bet you all the systems I have (I have them all) that Sony will still be sucessful with Ps3 its inevitable

Pablo620
Pablo620

PS2 owned all the competition

priestkai
priestkai

Congrats to them. I've had my PS2 since late 2002 (I was living with someone who had one before that and we just shared, so I didn't bother getting one of my own until I moved out) and aside from some DVDs and a couple of instances of games freezing up, I've never had a problem, my PS2 still runs perfectly. While a small percent of them are probably console replacements/people buying slimlines and getting rid of their older units, most would be genuine sales. Now if only the PS2's PAL success would make Sony rethink the delayed PS3 launch. XD;;

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

I used to work at Future Shop (canadian equivalent of BestBuy). A lot of people who brings any console back (PS2, XBOX, GC) are people who do not take care of their system(s). Seriously, I've seen consoles with so many dusts, the customer (if you can call that) wonder why his console sucks. Or another one where I found 2 discs inside the DVD drive (!!). Another one I found whole bunch of potato chips inside, & more that are unthinkable. It's unbelievable the number of people who keeps complaining about their console(s) are defective because the company sucks, or because it's made in a 3rd world country, etc. I had the 1st generation PS2 for 4 years, never had a single problem. Then sold it to get the 2nd generation PS2, have it for 2 years & never had 1 single problem.

tequilasunriser
tequilasunriser

"If the system has sold SOOO well, why is the top selling games of all time on it only in the 5 million unit ranges?" Maybe not everyone believes said game to be SOOO awsome. Ever think of that? I probably don't own it, what ever it is....

kinglink2
kinglink2

If the system has sold SOOO well, why is the top selling games of all time on it only in the 5 million unit ranges?

Mr_Fluff_
Mr_Fluff_

with such fantastic success with the PS2, you'd think they'd be able to recipricate with the PS3.

ZabuzaR
ZabuzaR

Wow... that is a lot of money. =p

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

the PS2 really is the most popular console in the worl, no doubt.

hunty91
hunty91

I got my first PS2 on launch day 2000. I didn't have any problems until October 2004, when my sister dropped it (it broke). Got a new one, no problems. 1/4 disc read error returns?!?!?!? MY ARSE!!!!

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

ps2 was a great console so im not that suprised

NFunspoiler
NFunspoiler

After that said, probably 10 Million PS2s were sold from replacing broken PS2s, and i'll say 5 Million slim PS2s sold to replace old fat PS2s.

admir1983
admir1983

ps2 will be a big seller this holiday season and the DS too psp might do well to thats my guess.

NFunspoiler
NFunspoiler

Wow, that's more than the Japan, and i think the US also.

tequilasunriser
tequilasunriser

"I wonder how many of those systems were because of D.R.E.s" Exactly the point I was making a few posts below.

haseeb_1989
haseeb_1989

tequilasunriser ps2's dont break that easily i have had a ps2 since launch and i have never had a problem with it yet. I guess its just ur luck.

Evinco_DX
Evinco_DX

I wonder how many of those systems were because of D.R.E.s

nappan
nappan

"RiceCake: Fanboys are hilarious. They dont even get paid to do this stuff!! I" It's so true, and it's the weirdest part of fanboyism! I've seen political spin doctors be less energetic during presidential elections. Of course, maybe the key is that what fanboys lack in eloquence and sanity, they need to make up with persistence and VOLUME. =p