The PlayStation 2 is set to outperform sales estimates in Europe, with Sony this week announcing that it expects to sell about 13 million units by the end of 2002 – and that it has sold over a million units in PAL territories in the last few weeks alone.
Europe now has an installed base of over 10 million PS2s, and a Sony spokesman today told Reuters that the company expects to have sold nearer 13 million than 12 million consoles by the end of the year. This would put the company well on track to reach its target European installed base of 14 million units by the end of March next year.
It (seasonal sales volume) was generally slower than last year, but it’s now taking off vertically, according to the company spokesman. The PS2 had a European installed base of 5.6 million units at the end of March 2002.
13 million units by the end of 2002 would give the PS2 an entirely unassailable lead in Europe, with more than three times the installed base of GameCube and Xbox combined. Current projections are that GameCube will have sold 2.5 million units by the end of the year in Europe, with Xbox lagging behind – despite strong uptake in the UK – on 1.5 million units.