Playstation wins over XBox and Gamecube
The console war has just started, but it seems evident there is already a winner.

- It was reported yesterday that about 1.5 million PlayStation 2 units were sold in North America since the week of Thanksgiving. Despite the release of two new powerful gaming consoles, Nintendo Gamecube and Microsoft XBox, the Playstation 2 is still outselling the two competitors. Overall, 6.5 million units have been sold in America.

And software sales are exceeding any expectation. During the month of November Sony sold software and peripherals for a total amount of 700 million dollars. At present, two thirds of the videogame software market are in the hands of Sony.

"Clearly, data for the first month of the holiday sales season indicates that the entire PlayStation family of products will soundly outsell all competitors combined, despite the heralded introduction of new game consoles during this important month," said Jack Tretton, senior vice president, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

With games like Final Fantasy X, Metal Gear Solid 2, Devil May Cry, Silent Hill 2, Ico, Soul Reaver 2, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, grand Theft Auto and others released in the latest weeks and the possibility to play a series of unforgettable classics like Metal Gear Solid or the Final Fantasy series from the 32 bit era, it's not a surprise that players decided to buy a Playstation 2 instead of a GameCube or XBox unit.

(Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2001, 2:50AM GMT)

- Harry

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