Facts & figures
26th JANUARY 2000:
SCEI announces that PlayStation game consoles cumulative production and shipment reached 71.82 million units by the end of December 1999 :
Japan 17.28 million units
North America 26.39 million units
Europe 28.15 million units
Cumulative software production reached 592 million units during the same period:
Japan 216 million units
North America 218 million units
Europe 158 million units
By the end of December 1999 the number of PlayStation software titles available in each Territory was:
North America 778
3rd FEBRUARY 2000:
SCEI announces the creation of PlayStation.com in a move to tap into the tremendous growth of internet direct sales and with an eye towards the future digital contents distribution (e-distribution) for PlayStation 2 that is set to begin in 2001.
4th MARCH 2000:
PlayStation 2 launches in Tokyo. Sales exceed 980,000 units.
31st MARCH 2000:
SCE announces that over 1.4 million PlayStation 2 consoles have been shipped since launch (0.9 million shipped by traditional retail and 0.4 million units by PlayStation.com)
28th APRIL 2000:
SCEI announces that PlayStation 2 cumulative production and shipment reached 1.41 million units by the end of March 2000 :
Japan 1.41 million units
North America Not launched
Europe Not launched
SCEI announces that PlayStation game consoles cumulative production and shipment had reached 72.92 million units by the end of March 2000:
Japan 17.40 million units
North America 27.11 million units
Europe 28.41 million units
Cumulative software production reached 630 million units during the same period:
Japan 224 million units
North America 234 million units
Europe 172 million units
By the end of March 2000 the number of PlayStation software titles available in each Territory was:
North America 830
MAY 10th 2000:
SCEA announces that it will be introducing PlayStation 2 into the North American market on October 26th at a suggested retail price of $299.
SCEA also announces that the PlayStation 2 will incorporate a bay for a 3.5” hard disc drive bay and an expansion unit for interfacing with the network for future functionality upgrades.
SCEA announces that PlayStation 2 features DVD playback built into the hardware as standard, without the use of the memory card.
SCEE confirm that PlayStation 2 will incorporate the same features as the North American model and will also be released on October 26th. No suggested retail price has been announced.
MAY 19th 2000:
SCE reaches favourable settlement with Joytech peripherals in its campaign against the infringement of SCE’s intellectual property rights.
JUNE 1st 2000:
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc announces 125 billion-Yen capital investment in 0.18 micron semi-conductor production for PlayStation 2.
SCE Inc also announces that it plans to sell the chipset externally and will also work to develop processors for Next Generation Digital home entertainment products for the external market.
JUNE 8th 2000:
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc today announced that it would be introducing “PS one®” a newly-designed PlayStation game console in Japan from July 7th 2000 at a retail price of 15,000 Yen (tax not included.)
The introduction of the new PS one, which is approximately one third of the size of the original PlayStation, will redefine the entertainment lifestyle by providing consumers broader access to PlayStation gaming experience via the mobile telephone network and through the increased portability of this new PlayStation model.
SCE Inc announced that it plans to launch a Hard Disk Drive Unit (HDD) for PlayStation®2 for the Japanese market this winter. The unit will include a high-speed network interface for connection to broadband network infrastructure and a large capacity hard disc.
AUGUST 1st 2000:
SCEI announce 3 million PlayStation 2 units have shipped since launch
SCEI announce strategic partnership with NTT DoCoMo that will combine the i-mode service and PlayStation. Both firms hope their collaboration will inspire software makers to develop new services for a potential new I-mode/PlayStation entertainment network.
SCEI announce that more than 270,000 PSone™ units have shipped since its launch on July 7th.
SEPTEMBER 26th 2000:
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today announced that Phil Harrison is appointed to the position of Senior Vice President, Development.
OCTOBER 25th 2000:
SCEI make the following announcements:-
PlayStation (including PS one) sales world-wide : 75.92 million units
Japan 17.93 million
North America 28.65 million
Europe 29.34 million
PSone accounted for : world-wide 1.58 million units
Japan 0.53 million
North America 0.57 million
Europe 0.48 million
PlayStation/PSone software shipments world-wide: 690 million
Japan 243 million
North America 257 million
Europe 190 million
PlayStation software shipments for 1st half of financial year: 60 million Japan 19 million
North America 23 million
Europe 18 million
Shipments to date in Japan: 3.52 million units
Japan: PlayStation®2 software shipments since launch : 8 million units
North America : 26 titles for launch, 50 by end of Dec 2000
Europe: 33 titles launch, 63 by end of March 2001
OCTOBER 26th 2000:
PlayStation®2 launches in North America, at a suggested retail price of $299. A staggering 500,000 units are sold in the first weekend.
NOVEMBER 8th 2000:
PlayStation.com goes live in more than 10 PAL territories allowing consumers to purchase PlayStation products on their local PlayStation.com site
NOVEMBER 24th 2000:
PlayStation®2 launches across more than 25 PAL territories
NOVEMBER 28th 2000:
SCEI announce the production of a DVD remote control for PlayStation®2 in Japan.
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