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31/12/1997
1997 - Key facts and figures

January 1997: SCEE announces the launch of the PlayStation Platinum software range Square’s, Final Fantasy VII sells over 3.5 Million units in Japan

February 1997: PlayStation game consoles cumulative production and shipment as at 14th February 1997 reached 12 million units world-wide:-

Japan 5.6 million units North America 3.8 million units Europe 2.6 million units

SCEE announces the renewal of their long-term strategic alliance in all PAL territories with Namco Ltd

Namco, Sony Computer Entertainment, and Polygon Pictures announce establishment of world-class computer graphics studio – Dream Pictures Studio Inc.

Net Yaroze launches in Europe

March 1997: PlayStation game consoles cumulative production and shipment as at end of March 1997 reached 13.5 million units:-

Japan 6.5 million units North America 4.0 million units Europe 3.0 million units

SCEE bring down the price of PlayStation from £199 to £129

USA: PlayStation Game Console to retail for $149 and PlayStation software to be targeted at a MSRP Of $49.99 or less

April 1997: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe secures “Eighth Wonder” in Exclusive Deal

May 1997: Worldwide PlayStation game consoles cumulative production and shipment as at end of May 1997 reached 16 million units:-

Japan 7.5 million units North America 4.8 million units Europe 3.7 million units

PlayStation signs £10m+ Million Soccer deal to sponsor UEFA Champions League.

PlayStation production is increased to 1.5 Million Units per month

June 1997: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe announces its latest development in peripherals for the PlayStation - the Analog Controller - the latest development in hand-held controllers.

PlayStation becomes official partner of Prost Grand Prix

July 1997: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe acquires Millennium’s Games Development Teams.

The studios are renamed Sony Computer Entertainment Cambridge. Their first product under this new name will be the much-anticipated Medievil.

September 1997: SCEE announces that the Tomb Raider franchise, featuring leading character Lara Croft, will be exclusive to the PlayStation for games consoles.

SCEE launch value pack containing PlayStation, two controllers and a memory card at £129

October 1997: PlayStation game consoles cumulative production and shipment as at end of September 1997 reached 22.5 million units:-

Japan 8.6 million units North America 7.8 million units Europe 6.1 million units

November 1997: SCEE wins the “Golden Joystick Award” for the Best Software House, Most Original Game (ParappaTheRapper) and Best Ad (Tekken 2).

Final Fantasy VII released in PAL territories on November 17th

December 1997: SCEE announce that sales of FFVII have already reached over half a million units



For more information contact:

Helen Boole
Email: Helen_boole@scee.net
Tel:020 7859 5349



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