PlayStation 2 Claims Holiday Sales Lead
Sony Computer Entertainment America says it is beating old rival Nintendo and the new kid on the block, Microsoft, in the U.S.
SCEA, a unit of Japan's Sony Computer Entertainment, says sales of its PlayStation 2 console totaled 1.5 million in the period since Thanksgiving week. That week began on November 19, four days after Microsoft put on sale its new Xbox console and a day after Nintendo
Those sales totaled $700 million and, says SCEA, the company expects total holiday period sales to reach $1 billion.
Last week, Microsoft said
Microsoft and Nintendo have full-year shipping targets of 1.4 million and 1.3 million units, respectively. If they are met and not raised, these targets would make the PlayStation 2 the overall winner of the holiday shopping season--an impressive feat for a console that is a year older than its two rivals.
But in the game business, age is not necessarily a bad thing. Its longer history means there are many more PlayStation 2 games available, giving consumers a much vaster choice of titles to chose from. SCEA says a survey by NPD Group, which collects point-of-sale data from 23 major retail chains, shows that PlayStation titles accounted for more than two thirds of all console software sales.
The additional sales in the last month push total PlayStation 2 sales in the U.S. to 6.5 million.