Sony ships 10 millionth PlayStation 2 in Japan

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) has shipped its 10 millionth PlayStation 2 games console in its home market of Japan, the company said Thursday.

The landmark was reached on Wednesday, 2 years and 5 months after the console was launched in Japan. In comparison, that's 7 months less than the first generation PlayStation console took to reach the same level, according to the company.

To date, shipments in Japan have accounted for just under one in three of all PlayStation 2 consoles sold. As of June 30, the most recent date for which figures are available, shipments in Japan and Asia totaled 10.2 million against a worldwide total of 33.3 million consoles. Shipments in North America totaled 13.7 million and those in Europe stood at 9.4 million.

Sony Corp., SCEI's parent company, announced fiscal first quarter financial results Thursday and said its game division recorded an operating profit of ¥2.6 billion (US$21.7 million at June 30, the last day of the period being reported) during the period April to June. Sales and operating revenue during the same period was ¥153.2 billion, a decrease of 1.1 percent compared to the year-ago period.

The company shipped 4.6 million PlayStation 2 consoles during the three month period, up 0.25 million compared to the year-ago period. In the same period, it shipped 0.67 million PS One consoles, down 2.54 million compared to the previous year. Increased shipments in Europe and North America offset lower shipments in Japan, Sony said.

Software sales were strong and shipments of PlayStation 2 titles totaled 27 million during the quarter, an increase of 15.5 million units, while those for the PS One were down 5 million at 13 million, according to the company.

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