Sony reports record PlayStation holiday sales

Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEI) saw record sales of its PlayStation and PlayStation 2 game console systems in the final two months of 2002, the company said Thursday.

SCEI sold a total of 8.5 million PlayStation 2 consoles during November and December, a jump of 24 per cent on the previous year, it said in a statement.

In North America the company sold 4 million PlayStation 2 consoles during the period, a jump of 42 per cent on the previous year, with 1.5 million of those units sold in the final two weeks of December. In Europe sales were up 27 per cent on the year, to 3.4 million during the final two months of the year. In Japan it sold 940,000 units, a fall of 27 per cent on the previous year, the company said.

Australian PlayStation console sales have also reflected this worldwide trend. According to recent figures from Inform, sales figures for the PlayStation 2 consoles between 9 and 29 December 2002 translated to a 57 per cent share of total revenue made in the video games market.

Australians spent just over $121 million on video game consoles, hand-held gaming devices, software and accessories in the last three weeks of December, Inform reported. PlayStation 2 hardware, software and accessories accounted for $68,721,252.

PlayStation2 also recorded the highest hardware sales, selling over 84,500 consoles the three week period. This represented 48 per cent of the total consoles sold.

Microsoft’s Xbox console recorded the second highest console sales with 26 per cent.

Sony is locked in a battle with Microsoft and Nintendo for the attention and business of game players. Its PlayStation 2 console is battling the Xbox and GameCube consoles produced by Microsoft and Nintendo respectively.